Diana Butler Bass - Gratitude and Love: Sustaining Powers for Resistance
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Diana Butler Bass - Gratitude and Love: Sustaining Powers for Resistance

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"Gratitude is the core of resistance." -Diana Butler Bass

Noted Christian historian, author, and speaker Diana Butler Bass will join us once again, this time to explore how gratitude and love are necessary and sufficient powers that sustain people for resistance.

This event is co-sponsored by and hosted at Plymouth Congregational Church. 

New Price: General $20, Student $10

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Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger from "Roots" Fostering Understanding, Nonviolence, and Transformation Among Palestinians and Israelis
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger from "Roots" Fostering Understanding, Nonviolence, and Transformation Among Palestinians and Israelis

This event is co-sponsored by and hosted at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. It is free and open to the public. 

Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali Abu Awwad is today a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance, and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali has toured the world many times over, telling his riveting story of violent activism, imprisonment, bereavement and discovery of the path of non-violent resistance, a story of personal transformation. 

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali.  His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that Ali has introduced him to.  

Join Ali and Hanan as they tell their personal stories and of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.

Roots is a unique collaboration of local Palestinians and Israelis building a grassroots model for coexistence in the Gush Etzion-Bethlehem-Hebron area. Roots works to nurture understanding, non-violence and personal transformation between Palestinians and Israelis and to advance the two peoples towards a new social and political reality founded upon dignity, trust, and mutual recognition and respect for both peoples’ particular historic belonging to the entire Land.

Roots works primarily among those elements of the Israeli and Palestinian communities 

that have been most marginalized by, threatened by, and opposed to peace and compromise: religious settlers on the one hand, and on the other hand, religious Muslims, ex-fighters and ex-prisoners. We bring together Palestinians and Israelis who live in geographical proximity but by and large have never had real human contact with the other side. Through our programs:

  1. The two sides discover the humanity of the other, overcoming suspicion and building trust.
  2. An ecosystem of consideration, reconciliation and mutuality is fostered. 
  3. People are guided toward taking responsibility.
  4. Joint initiatives are developed in order to ease tensions and improve life on the ground.
  5. The language of discourse and overall perspectives change, creating the foundation from which peace can sprout.

Roots was founded in January 2014 by Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul Judelman, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger together with many other Israelis and Palestinians. The initiative is based in the heart of Gush Etzion (Etzion Bloc), on a piece of land owned by the Awwad family abutting the Palestinian town of Bet Ummar. The result is the creation of a little Garden of Eden called Merkaz (Hebrew for Center) Karama (Arabic for Dignity). It is one of the rare places accessible to both Palestinians and Israelis without special government permits, thus facilitating unmediated get-togethers and deep conversations between people from the two sides.

The Palestinians and Israelis involved in this initiative do not hide the many deep disagreements between them. On the contrary, they are deeply aware of the complexities of the conflict and of the lack of equality between the two sides. What unites them is their honest search for human understanding and nonviolent resolution to the conflict.

Roots is a project of Keren Chai Shalom (The Life of Peace Fund), an Israeli nonprofit organization (legally registered as Beit HaTeatron) that is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Rabbi Menachem Froman of blessed memory, a dedicated settler and peace activist.

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Rita Nakashima-Brock - Moral Injury & Soul Repair
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rita Nakashima-Brock - Moral Injury & Soul Repair

This event is co-sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church. 

Rita Nakashima Brock, Rel. M., M.A., Ph.D. is a noted theologian who she has lectured all over the world. As Co-Founder of the Soul Repair Center, Dr. Brock has become an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury and recovery.

At The Well, she will be speaking on The Moral Injuries of a Country: The Cost of Dualism, War and Violence, and the Agonies of Now. 

Dualistic thinking drives us to divide the world into innocent and evil. Heroes are innocent and good. Villains are guilty and evil. Such thinking is too simplistic to capture lived real experiences. How do we deal with failure, love, violence, personal struggle, economic pressures, costly decisions and so forth matters.

A social contract collapses because it's moral foundations are threatened or destroyed by events and behaviors that violate its core values. This lecture will examine, through the lens of moral injury, the recurring and lingering traumatic events that have propelled significant social change in American society and the current context of backlash attempting to reach back to a discredited past.  

In December 2008, she and Dr. Gabriella Lettini began work on the Truth Commission on Conscience in War (www.conscienceinwar.org), which, in November 2010, recommended extensive public education on moral injury. In response, she and Dr. Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War(Beacon, 2012).

A native of Fukuoka, Japan, whose mother was trained in nursing by the Red Cross after WW II, Dr. Brock’s birth father was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and her stepfatherwas a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War who served 29 years in the military. Dr. Brock earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology in 1988 from Claremont Graduate University, becoming the first Asian American woman in the country to earn a doctorate in theology and the first ever to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). From 2004 to 2012, she co-founded and directed Faith Voices for the Common Good, which generated online and in-person networked social change projects for progressive faith leaders and organizations and which helped organize the Truth Commission on Conscience in War. She has held a number of leadership positions in the academy and led the effort to create a program unit in 2013 to study moral injury in religion, society, and culture, a unit she co-chairs with Dr. Elizabeth Bounds of Emory University. 

NEW PRICE: Tickets: General Admission $20, Student $10

 

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Faith Communities for Peace: Peacemaking Circles
Sep
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Faith Communities for Peace: Peacemaking Circles

Did you know that King County Juvenile Court is currently piloting Peacemaking Circles as an alternative and community-based way to resolve some of its juvenile felony cases? This reduces incarceration, fosters healing for both victims and offenders, and affords a profound opportunity for transformation. This is the Gospel in action and it’s unfolding right here in our own backyard. Faith communities are needed to expand our network of circle providers. Would your church like to be involved? We’ll begin by transforming ourselves using this tool. Please join us to learn more!

QUESTIONS?
Contact for Protestant and Interfaith Communities: REV. TERRI STEWART, (425) 531-1756 or YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org

Contact for Catholic Communities: JOE COTTON
(206) 382-4847 or joe.cotton@seattlearch.

This event is co-sponsored by Riverton Park United Methodist Church, the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, and The Well. 

This event is free and open to the public. Please register by contacting the above listed names. 

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Sister Lucy - Meet a Living Mother Teresa
Sep
5
7:15pm 7:15pm

Sister Lucy - Meet a Living Mother Teresa

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With her "Maher Communities," Sister Lucy Kurien, member of the Catholic order Sisters of the Cross, has opened 90 rural and urban communities served in three Indian states with a mission to get to root causes of violence and despair experienced by women and children in India; support family reunification; provide safe and loving residential services for women and children when reunification is not possible; and assist women in their individual paths to self-reliance.

More than 2,000 people have benefited from Sister Lucy's work - over 300 women and 900 children currently in residence in 44 homes.

The "Magic of Maher" lays in its deep path:

  • Love is the basis - not services
  • Faith in the intrinsic goodness of people
  • Reconciliation with even difficult relatives
  • Embrace all people across all faiths, castes, class, and ethnicity
  • Inter-religious, deeply spiritual
  • Operational flexibility with small homes
  • Values driven: never pay a bribe, truth and transparency in all interactions

The are also deeply respectful of Mother Earth - composting and organic gardens, solar water heating, water recycling and biogas systems and attention to good nutrition.

We invite you to join in an intimate evening with this Roman Catholic nun who has started an interfaith community. Maher is an interfaith and caste-free Indian NGO. Learn about this remarkable work. 

This event is co-sponsored by Maher Communities: Northwest Friends and The Well. It is free and open to the public. 

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David Zinn - Art for the Soul, Joy, and Community
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

David Zinn - Art for the Soul, Joy, and Community

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We are inviting teams from religious groups, community organizations, and neighborhoods to learn how to create joyful, humorous, temporary public works of art. This event will include an outdoor component in Blaine Memorial UMC's parking lot.  Light refreshments will be provided starting at 8:30 AM.

David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. His professional commissions have included theatrical posters, business logos, educational cartoons, landfill murals, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks. His less practical creations have involved bar coasters, restaurant placemats, cake icing, and snow.

David’s temporary street art is composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and is always improvised on location. Most of these drawings have appeared on sidewalks in  in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert. Zinn’s chalk work began in 2001 as an excuse to linger outdoors, but has since achieved global notoriety through the sharing of photos on Facebook, Huffington Post UK, The Cheezburger Network, Street Art Utopia, and Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome. His most frequent characters are Sluggo, a bright green monster with stalk eyes and irreverent habits, and Philomena, a phlegmatic flying pig. As of 2013, there have been a lot of mice as well.

David is a self-taught artist with a degree in Creative Writing and English Language from the Residential College of the University of Michigan. He has taught creative writing and scenic painting, performed in and directed several Gilbert & Sullivan operas, recorded audiobooks, and hosted two children’s radio shows (The Rug Rat Revue on WCBN-FM and The Mud Pie Cafe on Michigan Radio). David is also an avid whistler, a haphazard ukulele player, and a dutiful shirker.

In the meantime, take a look at his incredible and whimsical art. 

 

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Power Dynamics, Equal Agency and Intellectual Freedom: Developing Ethical Conversations in Institutions?
Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Power Dynamics, Equal Agency and Intellectual Freedom: Developing Ethical Conversations in Institutions?

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Join Zac Calvo, our co-sponsors from Coastland Commons, and The Well as we discuss the intrinsic difficulty in creating a "safe enough" space for vigorous and sometime conflictual dialogue and the free exchange of ideas, even when ideas can be repugnant. What is the institutional responsibility to name its own power in framing the dialogue, in inviting the participants, and in shaping the gathering and space? What ideas are out of bounds? When does difference of opinion become harm and what is the ethical demand placed upon a sponsor to attend to potential harm?

This past year, Princeton Theological Seminary invited the Rev. Dr. Tim Keller to speak at an annual conference and to receive an award from the Kuyper Center. Dr. Keller is a noted leader in the Presbyterian Church of America, a denomination which prevents women and LGBTQIA people from full participation in ordained ministry. Moreover, Dr. Keller shares the views of his denomination and has been outspoken in his stances

An outcry erupted. Should Dr. Keller be allowed to speak? Should he be given an award by the school - even by a center within the school? What is the responsibility of students to make space for vigorous debate? What is the role of the institution to uphold its stated values?

Zac Calvo was a leader in the Princeton movement of students, faculty, and others to rescind the award but allow the talk. He will facilitate our dialogue first by outlining the events at Princeton, naming the various places that power imbalances entered and affected the process and then leading us into a broader conversation about power in public spaces. That is, Power Dynamics, Equal Agency and Intellectual Freedom: Developing Ethical Conversation in Institution require thoughtful and mindful attention as well as truth-telling about the institution's role as well as the agency of the individuals involved.

We at The Well are committed to creating a safe and generous place to dialogue about issues that affect mind, body, spirit, community, and world. This question is one we ask ourselves often. Who do we invite? What voices should be heard? What ideas need amplification? Into what communities do we reach for dialogue partners? What issues are pressing? What is the most healthy way to structure a forum? We invite you to join us in struggling together with these and other questions. A common good demands of us mindful engagement. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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Soul Collage
Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

Soul Collage

What is SoulCollage®?
SoulCollage® is an intuitive collage process for self-discovery and community. People make their own decks of collaged cards for their personal use from images found in purchased or donated magazines, calendars, books, cards, etc. and from stock photos and/or personal materials (e.g., photos, one’s own art). The SoulCollage® process helps people discover their unique inner/outer guides and challengers, and to explore and express their unique soul in its lightness as well as its shadow. It is also fun to do, individually and in community!. Visit http://www.soulcollage.com/principles-of-soulcollage for more information.


Our Exploration
We will be working on four to six cards. Cards that will represent aspects of ourselves in the morning and then delving into the "transpersonal cards" in the afternoon. The transpersonal cards signify our Source, Witness, and Soul. We will use the process to create cards learn how to use the cards to better know ourselves.

Purpose
To offer the training to chaplains for soul care and to the community to learn this artistic process.

Bring
Scissors is you can! and lunch and any drinks you might want.

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$20 will cover supplies!

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Movie: "Transfigurations" & Q&A with Peterson Toscano
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Movie: "Transfigurations" & Q&A with Peterson Toscano

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Peterson Toscano has shaken up Bible academics and received high praise for his ground-breaking, genre-bending, gender blending Bible scholarship. By unearthing the stories of gender-variant people in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Toscano’s one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories and presents an array of Bible characters with an array of genders.

After the screening, Peterson Toscano will be with us to participate in an audience Q & A.


Reviews:
Toscano brings a deep reverence for the Biblical text with him into his exploration of gender transgression.  This play is mesmerizing and compels the viewer to see well known Bible stories in a brave new light. -Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
 
As a biblical scholar I'm always a bit skeptical about dramatic interpretations of biblical texts, whether they will truly capture the complexity of the originals; however, Peterson's performances bring to light dimensions of the texts that many, even those of us who spend hours with the text on the page, fail to see. By bringing the stories and characters to life we're able to see the human-ness of the biblical narratives in all its gore and glory. -Lynn Huber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies--New Testament and Early Christian History, Elon College.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome!

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"Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands" & Q&A with Peterson Toscano
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands" & Q&A with Peterson Toscano

The Bible has been used as a weapon against LGBTQ people. For over a decade Peterson Toscano has engaged in a creative and very public dialogue with these ancient texts. His Bible scholarship is sound, but perhaps more importantly, it is filled with humor and warmth.

In this lively performance lecture, Peterson reveals bizarre, hilarious, disturbing, and revelatory characters and moments from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.  This is not “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” No, Peterson delves into the text to find gender outlaws in it, to bust open traditional readings, and provides whole new perspectives.

What has been astonishing about Peterson’s Bible presentations is how well they are received by all kinds of audience members. Traditional Bible believers, progressive Christians and Jews, Bible scholars, atheists, and people who don’t know the first thing about the Bible, are drawn in, entertained and enlightened.

If you want to hear something fresh and new about old Bible stories and also experience outright weird and hysterical performance art, come see Peterson's performance/lecture!

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Peacemaking Circle Final Sentencing
Jul
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Peacemaking Circle Final Sentencing

This is the resolution to our second Peacemaking Circle case while we are in the pilot phase. Come and pack the courthouse and let the justice system know that you want this restorative, healing, peacemaking way of justice rather than the traditional adversarial and punitive process. It is vitally important that the community shows up and lets the juvenile justice know that we want this alternative way of justice. The way that restores and heals, transforming brokenness to beauty.

The King County Peacemaking Coordinating Team

Our Vision Statement: Communities in Peace: Where Everyone Matters and Belongs

Our Mission Statement: Transforming Brokenness into Beauty

Our Core Values: 
• Interconnected relationships
• Honoring and celebrating one another
• Partnering and collaborating

Who We Are: 
The KCPCT is a working committee that meets to coordinate Peacemaking activities in King County. The members of the committee include community partners, faith-based leaders, parents, local residents, young people, as well as leaders and personnel from county and state agencies and key stakeholders from the King County criminal justice system.

“If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.” Richard Rohr

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Black Women Relating to Sustain Our Personal Power
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Black Women Relating to Sustain Our Personal Power

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This workshop invites young adults who identify as Black women to join a dialogue about identity, agency, and the role of ritual in sustaining power in a society that can be challenging, unjust, and tiring. This is a small group exploration of personal agency and the role of community. 

This workshop is part of an internship capstone for Ashlee K Williams, a Masters of Transformational Leadership candidate at Seattle University (soon to be graduate). Ashlee hails from Greensboro, NC and holds a Communications degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 

This event is free. Let us know if you'd like to attend.

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Ron Finley
Jun
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ron Finley

Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the "Gangster Gardener", and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.s most widely known activists. Frustrated by his communitys lack of access to fresh, organic food, Finley inadvertently started a revolution when he turned the parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible garden. When the city cited him for his plantings, Finley started a bureaucratic battle, gathering signatures and working with local officials until the archaic city ordinances were abolished. His TED Talk has been viewed by more than six million people to date. With so much momentum behind him, he began to focus his energy on The Ron Finley Project, which has ignited a horticultural revolution worldwide. His latest undertaking is a permanent space that serves as a garden, café, educational center, park and community gathering place.

We will screen the film about Ron "Can You Dig This" prior to his visit with us. Currently, Ron is engaged in a battle to save the land where his headquarters. Help us raise some money for Ron's work and for our coalition building here in Seattle.

If you represent a youth organization and are looking for scholarships, please contact us at thewellqueenann@gmail.com.

Cost: $25

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Reggie Williams - Interrupting Whiteness: Harlem Renaissance, Black Christ, & Christian Ethics
Mar
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reggie Williams - Interrupting Whiteness: Harlem Renaissance, Black Christ, & Christian Ethics

Drawing from the life and work of  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dr. Reggie Williams will explore how the Harlem Renaissance interrupted the thinking of the theologian by offering alternative ways of understand God in Christ. This interruption provided Bonhoeffer with new ways of addressing the struggles and problems of his world. Dr. Williams will utilize Bonhoeffer as a guiding metaphor to frame our conversation on Interrupting Whiteness: Harlem Renaissance, Black Christ, & Christian Ethics. 

Dr. Reggie Williams is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary. 

General Admission: $15, Students $8

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Cornel West
Mar
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Cornel West

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Co-sponsored with The Seattle School for Theology and Psychology, 4-6 PM, 7-8:30 PM

4-6PM Love as Robust Prophetic Witness, 7-8:3PM Art as Resistance

Cost: Workshop & Evening Event: Students/Alumni $125, Regular $175 | Workshop Only: Regular Registration $145 | Evening Lecture Only: $45

Friday, March 17, from 4:00-6:00pm, the Office of Students & Alumni and The Well will host a workshop with Dr. Cornel West for advocates and ministers entitled Love as Prophetic Witness. Based on his experience as a scholar and an activist, and rooted in theological and historical contexts, Dr. West will draw from the wisdom of the past for our current situation. Dr. West will be leading us to consider perseverance, effective and joyful activism, and justice: “what love looks like in public.” There will be time and space to gather with others to wrestle with this material, listen for what emerges between us, and then bring our conversations into dialogue with Dr. West.

To preserve the intimate and collaborative nature of this workshop, registration will be capped at 40 participants.Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.

He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. 

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Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative
Mar
11
9:00am 9:00am

Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?

Join us at Epiphany Parish for this 3-hour workshop specially suited for preschool through elementary age children and their parents. Children and parents have separate programs to engage them. Snacks will be provided for the children.

This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Early childhood educator Jason Frelot will present on how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's personal and racial identity development.

Cost: $15/child, Early Educators $20, Parent/Adult $30

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Mar
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

Forum on Refugees, Immigration, and Our Current Political Climate

@First United Methodist Church, 180 W Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

Free and Open to the Public

Confirmed panelists include Rita Zawaideh, who works with refugees, and Jim McDermott, former US Representative. More information coming. Check back soon or head to First UMC's website for more information. Feel free to email office@firstchurchseattle.org with your questions.

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Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative
Jan
21
9:30am 9:30am

Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative

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Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?

Join us at Central Lutheran Church for this 2.5-hour workshop specially suited for preschool through elementary age children and their parents. Children and parents have separate programs to engage them. Snacks will be provided for the children.

This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Early childhood educator Jason Frelot will present on how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's personal and racial identity development.

Please register in advance: 
januarykidsandrace.brownpapertickets.com

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Meaningful Movies: The Illusionists
Dec
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meaningful Movies: The Illusionists

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us.

This movie is free and open to the public.

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Emilie Townes & Robin DiAngelo - Womanist Theology and White Fragility
Dec
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Emilie Townes & Robin DiAngelo - Womanist Theology and White Fragility

Dr. Emilie Townes is Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, and an American Baptist clergywoman. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Director of Equity for Sound Generations, Seattle/King County, author, and is a trainer of issues of social justice and race who was appointed to co-design and deliver the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training with Darlene Flynn. 

These two nationally respected leaders in their fields will come together @ The Well to discuss Womanist Theology and White Fragility. 

$10 for students; $25 for general admission
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Meaningful Movies: Money and Medicine
Nov
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meaningful Movies: Money and Medicine

MONEY AND MEDICINE investigates the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment. In addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, MONEY AND MEDICINE explores promising ways to reduce health care expenditures and improve the overall quality of medical care.

This movie is free and open to the public. 

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Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative
Nov
5
9:30am 9:30am

Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?

Join us at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard for this 2.5 hour workshop specially suited for preschool through elementary age children and their parents. Children and parents have separate programs to engage them. Snacks will be provided for the children.

This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Presenters will discuss how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's personal and racial identity development.

This workshop series is a co-sponsored project with Columbia City Church of Hope.

Registration fees are $20 per family (one ticket covers one family), or however much you are able to pay. If you need financial assistance with registration, please contact The Well! Also, during registration, please let us know how many children will be coming with you, their ages, and if they have any special needs (dietary or otherwise).

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Miroslav Volf - Forgiveness, Reconciliation, & the Common Good
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Miroslav Volf - Forgiveness, Reconciliation, & the Common Good

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Co-Sponsored by and hosted at Seattle Pacific University, in the Gwinn Commons building (Campus Map). Gwinn is building #37, parking will be available in the Dravus Lot (#45 on the map).  

Miroslav Volf is the Founder and Director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT.

He has written 15 books on the nature of God, interfaith understanding, religion and violence, identity, forgiveness, and religion in the public commons. Among his many books are A Spacious Heart (co-authored), Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violence World, and Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities. His most recent book, published in January 2016, is Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World

What is forgiveness and how do it an reconciliation inform the world we share with 7 billion others, many of whom do not share our culture or religion? How do we learn to embrace rather than reject difference? What roles do religion play in how we negotiate life together? 

RSVP & follow this event on Facebook for updates and more information.

Current SPU students, faculty, and staff with ID may attend free of charge. Contact um@spu.edu for details. 

Scholarships are available. Contact the Well with requests!

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Monica Coleman: Bipolar Faith
Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Monica Coleman: Bipolar Faith

Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD, is a Harvard graduate, an ordained minister, and the first African-American woman to be appointed full professor of theology at Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA). Her faith has repeatedly been undermined by the desperate lows of depression.

In a new memoir, Coleman reflects on the legacies of slavery, poverty, war, and alcoholism, and how these conditions can mask a history of mental illness. At once spiritual autobiography and memoir of madness, Bipolar Faith is the book Dr. Coleman was hoping to find when she was diagnosed with bipolar II, a mental illness. She could not find a single memoir written about living with bipolar II, which is characterized by periods of deep depressions balanced by periods of productivity and energy. Moreover, she found precious few memoirs that engage religion and faith in truly constructive ways.

Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD, teaches theology and African-American religions at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA. At CST, she was recently promoted to the position of full professor--making her the first African-American woman full professor at CST. She is a philosophical theologian who works with a process metaphysic, and the black and womanist theological traditions. Her writings cover womanist theology, sexual abuse, and the African-American experience.

Dr. Coleman is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a sought-after speaker and preacher. In 2005, the African American Pulpit names Coleman one of the "Top 20 to Watch--The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers under 40." Dr. Coleman has been featured as an expert in religion and mental health on NPR, Beliefnet.com, PsychCentral.com, and Huffington Post Live. She blogs on faith and depression at www.beautifulmindblog.com

Buy tickets for Monica Coleman: Bipolar Faith $10 admission, scholarships available by emailing thewellqueenanne@gmail.com.
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Meaningful Movies: Shadows of Liberty
Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meaningful Movies: Shadows of Liberty

SHADOWS OF LIBERTY examines how the US media are controlled by a handful of corporations exercising extraordinary political, social, and economic power. Having always allowed broadcasting to be controlled by commercial interests, the loosening of media ownership regulations, that began under Reagan and continued under Clinton, has led to the current situation where five mega corporations control the vast majority of the media in the United States. These companies not only don’t prioritize investigative journalism, but can and do clamp down on it when their interests are threatened.

This movie is free and open to the public.

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Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative
Sep
24
9:30am 9:30am

Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?

Join us at Columbia City Church of Hope for this 2.5 hour workshop specially suited for preschool through elementary age children and their parents. Children and parents have separate programs to engage them. Snacks will be provided for the children.

This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Early childhood educator Jason Frelot and pastor Darla DeFrance will present on how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children's personal and racial identity development.

This workshop series is a co-sponsored project with Columbia City Church of Hope.

Registration fees are $15 per family (one ticket covers one family), or however much you are able to pay. If you need financial assistance with registration, please contact The Well!

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Meaningful Movies: Where to Invade Next
Sep
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meaningful Movies: Where to Invade Next

WHERE TO INVADE NEXT

These screenings are in partnership with WAmend’s campaign to get big money out of politics, ballot initiative I-735, http://www.wamend.org/

Free college? Universal Healthcare for all? Reasonable work hours and generous vacation time? Responsible sex education for our youth? Equity for women in the workplace? Sane drug laws and prison policies? Healthy food in our schools?  These and more are all possible here in the United States.
Discover just how different America is from the rest of the world and what we have to learn from them as Michael Moore takes us on an illuminating journey.

Admission Free – Public Invited

The film premiered for one week in New York and Los Angeles on December 23, 2015 with wide release on February 12, 2016. It was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, receiving numerous other awards.

Join us for this free movie on Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 PM!

 

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#flowers4cops
Jul
8
1:30pm 1:30pm

#flowers4cops

Join us to hand out flowers to the Seattle Police Department Precincts around the city to stand in peace with our brothers and sisters in uniform. The Well is organizing with 30+ churches to deliver flowers to the Police Headquarters, the North, West, East, and South Precincts. We will attach the message: "Our prayers for safety and peace on this painful day. With gratitude, love, and hope for a more just and peaceful future."

If you would like to participate, please contact Jasen Frelot via Facebook. If you participate in giving flowers on your own and would like to be added to our list of participators, please send your name or the name of your organization to thewellqueenanne@gmail.com

Please use the hashtag #flowers4cops for any media coverage you do of your participation.

A few churches will be meeting at the Police Headquarters at 1:30 PM. Meet us there! 

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Remembering the Charleston 9 (@First AME)
Jun
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Remembering the Charleston 9 (@First AME)

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In the aftermath of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The Inter-Faith community intensified the work of restoration and healing in the community. 

First AME Church and its interfaith and civic partners invite you to join us for an Interfaith Service to reflect on and honor the memories of the nine lives taken a year ago on that Wednesday evening of June 17, 2015, during Bible Study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.


This tragedy further stoked the need to awaken our capacity for collective knowing and embark on purposeful actions to reduce gun violence and access to guns. 


Time and time again, we have witnessed the pain that ignorance, intolerance with guns has inflicted on the lives families, our neighbors and society. The proliferation of gun violence is particularly devastating in communities of color. Too often, we have seen guns make anger and despair lethal.

We remember because we have an obligation to ensure that the tragedy at the Emanuel Church is not repeated in any place of worship or anywhere else, places of worship should be watering holes for those that thirst and are meandering in the wilderness of life. We remember, because we want to channel our energy towards making our community innocuous for everyone and work to decrease access to guns. We remember because fighting bigotry and gun violence is a living memory of those who died due to ignorance and guns.


Now, if we are indeed from one creation, we must live like one in harmony with the conviction that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Consequently, together, we can be the change we want to see.

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Andrew Hanauer - Jubilee Debt Relief
Jun
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Andrew Hanauer - Jubilee Debt Relief

Andrew Hanaur is the Campaign Coordinator of Jubilee USA. All persons interested in learning how Jubilee USA works with 550 faith-based organizations to bring greater transparency and fairness to international financial institutions will benefit from this evening's discussion. Learn how to connect the dots between corrupt financial systems and Global Warming.

Jubilee NW Coalition and Jubilee USA work on ending Tax Havens, Vulture Funds, Debt relief for Puerto Rico. 

From JubileeUSA.org:
Jubilee Vision

We envision a world in which we have restored relations between nations and people, a true Jubilee.

We believe in a world where poverty is eliminated and all meet their basic needs. A world in which families and communities have a voice in economic policies and decisions that affect their lives.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Sister Simone Campbell
May
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sister Simone Campbell

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Sr. Simone is the Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice lobbying group based in Washington DC. The focus of NETWORK is on economic justice, immigration reform, healthcare, peace making and ecology. Sr. Simone started her "Nun on the Bus" tours to talk to everyday Americans about how legislation had such a powerful impact on these issues. Each year her tour took a different topic to bring to the folks who met her bus. 

Her tours have drawn thousands of listeners and her book "The Nun on the Bus" has touched thousands more. Her work will soon be made into a documentary, but you'll have a chance to see her in person. In this election year it is more important than ever to hear what she has to say about Washington DC politics and the concerns she has with upcoming elections. 

Sister Simone will talk about how faith, justice, and our electoral process are related. She will, in particular, focus on this election, the environment, and poverty.

The Well is partnering with Assumption Parish and the Church Council of Greater Seattle in presenting Sr. Simone. 

This event is free and open to the public. We welcome gifts as a free will offering to help offset the costs of the event. 

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Film: "An Act of Love" & Dialogue w/Rev. Frank Schaefer
Apr
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Film: "An Act of Love" & Dialogue w/Rev. Frank Schaefer

A Father. A Church. A Movement.

An Act of Love tells the story of an unwitting advocate in the fight for equal rights within the Church, Rev. Frank Schaefer, who had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. He has since been reinstated, but debate within the church over LGBTQI rights and inclusion is increasing as the third largest denomination in the United States moves toward is quadrennial meeting. How will the church act this May regarding inclusion? 

Join us for a free screening of the movie and for dialogue with its subject The Rev. Frank Schaefer. 

Emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting, this film follows the travails of Pennsylvania minister Frank Schaefer, who gets into trouble with the United Methodist Church when he officiates the wedding of his gay son. Director Scott Sheppard presents a lovely portrait of a family and sensitively explores the concerns of a mainstream church struggling to deal with cultural shifts. It’s compelling from beginning to end.
— San Francisco Chronicle
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