ELLSWORTH — Noel Paul Stookey and the Rev. Betty Stookey will perform their program “One Light, Many Candles” on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.
The event is a fundraiser for the church and for the Dolly Fisher Fund, which provides heating fuel assistance to needy families.
“One Light, Many Candles” is a multi-faith program in word and song, the reverend said. The program will replace the usual Sunday service.
“What it’s all about is trying to bring people together to understand that the base of every single religion in the world is the concept of love,” Betty Stookey said. “I think people forget that.”
“It’s a feel-good program,” said Stookey. “I want them to come away feeling positive and hopeful about communication with other people and loving each other.”
“We’re kind of saying this is the last one,” said the reverend. “We will be live streaming and filming this.”
The reverend intends to write a book about the program, including a CD.
In her role as chaplain at Northfield Mount Hermon School (1997-2005), Betty became aware of the need for greater spiritual inclusivity among the large and culturally diverse student body. “One Light, Many Candles” had its germination in the interfaith services Betty held monthly, with students of various faiths reading from their holy books accompanied by Noel’s music and music indigenous to other cultures.