A Storytelling Tent of Hospitality for Abraham’s Children

Monday, November 13 to February 5 • 11:00 am - Noon* on the American East Coast


8 am in California

6 am in Hawaii

4 pm in London & Dublin

5 pm in Copenhagen & Cape Town

6 pm in Moscow & Jerusalem

8:30 pm in New Delhi & Mumbai

*11:00 am to 12 Noon - This seminar is primarily a tutorial.  If there is one registrant, we meet for 20 minutes. If there are two, we meet for 40 minutes. If there are 3 to 7 participants, we meet for 60 minutes.

Shalom, Pax, Salaam

For decades I have told wisdom stories from Judaism and Islam, as well as from my own Catholic Christian tradition.  Originally, stories were central to my teaching Comparative Religion at Niagara University (NY) in the 1970s.

Since then I have woven them into my storytelling concerts, my seminars, and my books. But what has always saddened me was the inability of interfaith groups to embrace the art of storytelling : both to sow the seeds of understanding, and then to harvest the fruits of peacemaking.

“Dialogue” for too many Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and other leaders has focused on Beliefs and Morality.  Of course, the Beliefs as encoded in Dogmas and Doctrines. These provide arguments that are clever statements from philosohers and theologians. And Morality is usually an exercise in political negotiating among religious groups. 

Question: Has this worked?  

Answer: Look at the world today.

For almost half-a-century I have approached leaders and organizations committed to interfaith dialogue among the Children of Abraham. They place great importance upon press releases with political, economic, and historical informatiin. But what about  the wise and inspiring stories that are at the core of our identity as Jews, Christians, and Muslims?

This online seminar celebrates the wisdom of our traditions, drawing not only on diverse cultural folklore — but especially in taking to heart the wisdom tales of Islamic Sufis, Jewish Hasidim, and Christian mystics.

Whether they are stories about the Baal Shem-Tov, or the Hodja, or God’s Little Poor Man — Francis of Assisi — these tales fill us with awe and wonder as the Children of Abraham.

In our online storytelling there is no proselytizing, no converting, no apologetics, no arguments.  Instead we open our hearts, nurture our imagination, and welcome those who walk different paths — but journey to the same destination.

Jew, Chrstian, and Muslim are called to the tent of our father Abraham. We stand at the threshold, and he invites us in.

In our online storytelling, we offer nurture and wisdom for all hungry and thirsty guests.  We all recline on the carpets and pillows that beckon us. Every one of us becomes attentive. 

We now have time to tell and listen to one another... under the great tent of Abraham’s hospitality.  

— Shalom, Pax, Salaam

Robert Béla Wilhelm, Th.D.

Number of Participants

The effectiveness of this seminar is based on the interaction of the participant.  A minimum of 3 — and a maximum of 7 — participants is required for this seminar to be held. 

Our Weekly Online Schedule

November 13 • Class Welcoming • Say hello to other participant

November 20 • Class 1 • Welcome & Orientation. “Anna the Palestinian Girl"

November 27 •  Class 2 • a Muslim tale, “The Fool Who Counted Sins" 

December  4 •  Class 3 • a Jewish Tale, “Message from a Goat” 

December  11• Class 4 • a Christian tale  & a Muslim tale, “The Waters of Paradise" 

December  18 •  Class 5 • a Muslim tale, “The Spendthrift Wiseman" & a Jewish tale,  “A Leaf from Paradise

December 25  • Christmas Day• no seminar a Christian tale “A Window into Paradise" & a Jewish Tale, “The Rabbi’s Lullaby”

January 1 • New Year’s Day no seminar 

January 8 • Class 6 • a Christian tale “Three Robbers of Monte Casale" & a Jewish tale, “Sharpening the Knife"

January 15 •  Class 7 • a Christian tale TBA & A Muslim Tale, “The Camel Who Carried the Tent”  

January 22  •  Class 8 • a Muslim tale, “The Bedouin Princess" & a Jewish Tale “Miriam’s Well"

January 29 • Class 9 • a Christian tale, “St. Peter’s Bread" & a Jewish Tale, TBA

February 5 •  Class 10 • a Christian tale TBA & a Muslim Tale, “The Fool Who Gave Thanks" 

February 12 • Open date for rescheduling

If you have questions, or would like to register, please contact us here: 

How to Register:

Tuition for the ten sessions is $600.

© Robert Bela Wilhelm 2017