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Hope and Integrity In Times of Division (with Charles L Howard)
Aug
10
9:30 AM09:30

Hope and Integrity In Times of Division (with Charles L Howard)

In a day long retreat with Dr. Charles L Howard of the University of Pennsylvania, we will explore how to curate hope and care for personal integrity during these times of division and discord.

We will look at public discourse and what is happening nationally. How do we engage in prophetic acts with compassion and care?

We will look at how public discourse and the national temperature affects personal relationships. How or even can we maintain relationships amid deep divisions, especially when those divisions expose differences in core values?

What does it mean to be spiritually grounded and widely loving?

What are personal practices that can help us look at the world as it is without finding ourselves in deep despair?

These and other issues will be explored in this full day of silence, sharing, learning, and resting.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber “Shameless” Book Tour
Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Nadia Bolz-Weber “Shameless” Book Tour

  • University Temple United Methodist Church (map)
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Nadia Bolz-Weber will speak about her newest and most personal book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation.

Out to slay a giant by going after the church’s teachings on human sexuality, Bolz-Weber weaves narrative, history, scripture, and wit together to show how Christianity has often turned the glorious gift of bodies into something ugly and shameful, telling us that true holiness equates to sexual repression — “as if the God of the Universe had programmed into creation a passive-aggressive test of our willpower.”

Joining Nadia for the conversation is Seattle’s own Gail Song Barnum.

Tickets are $7.50-$15 and are available through Eventbrite.

We are grateful to University Temple UMC for allowing us to co-sponsor this event with them.

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The Church and Child Sexual Abuse: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Survivors
Oct
11
3:00 PM15:00

The Church and Child Sexual Abuse: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Survivors

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2 hr Workshop - $15

Great strides have been taken in the church regarding safe sanctuaries that protect children from abuse. However, the church often overlooks how they might minister to the adult survivors of abuse in their midst. Survivors of child sexual abuse often hide in plain sight, and the church has little awareness of the spiritual wounds they bear. In this workshop, we will discuss the many aspects of church that can prevent survivors from feeling safe or connecting with God. We will explore simple adjustments to common rituals that will allow those wounded ones among us to participate more fully in the life of the church, as well as the ways in which church members, clergy, and staff can reach out to those victims and walk alongside them in appropriate and healing ways.

Sue Magrath is the author of Healing the Ravaged Soul: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Child Sexual Abuse. She is a retired psychotherapist, having spent 14 years as a pastoral counselor working with victims of child sexual abuse. She is active in the UMC as a spiritual director, retreat and workshop leader, church consultant, and advocate in the area of clergy wellness.

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"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" book study (author, Walter Brueggemann) Part II
Aug
28
1:00 PM13:00

"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" book study (author, Walter Brueggemann) Part II

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" is a new book by Walter Brueggemann. For 8 chapters, Dr. Brueggemann walks readers through an in depth Bible study about why and how Christians must speak out and act in solidarity with those who are oppressed and marginalized. 

We will discuss the full book in two sessions covering four chapters each time. This will be our second conversation covering chapters 5-8.

Chapter Titles: The Oppressed Break Silence, Prophets Refuse to Be Silenced, Silence Kills, Jesus Rudely Interrupted, Casting Out Silence, The Crowd as Silencer, Truth Speaks to Power, and The Church as a Silencing Institution. 

Please RSVP to thewellqueenanne@gmail.com if you would like to join. Books are available through a local bookstore or Amazon (including Kindle).

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"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" book group (author, Walter Brueggemann) Part I of 2
Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" book group (author, Walter Brueggemann) Part I of 2

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out" is a new book by Walter Brueggemann. For 8 chapters, Dr. Brueggemann walks readers through an in depth Bible study about why and how Christians must speak out and act in solidarity with those who are oppressed and marginalized. 

We will discuss the full book in two sessions covering four chapters each time. Our second session will be August 28, 1-2 PM.

Chapter Titles: The Oppressed Break Silence, Prophets Refuse to Be Silenced, Silence Kills, Jesus Rudely Interrupted, Casting Out Silence, The Crowd as Silencer, Truth Speaks to Power, and The Church as a Silencing Institution. 

Please RSVP to thewellqueenanne@gmail.com if you would like to join. Books are available through a local bookstore or Amazon (including Kindle).

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Self Compassion - Cherishing the Jewel at the Heart of Our Being
Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

Self Compassion - Cherishing the Jewel at the Heart of Our Being

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register here:  https://self-compassion-june-2018.eventbrite.com
 

This one-day workshop focuses specifically on practices that enhance our capacity for self-compassion and self care - which is foundational to our ability to be of true service in the world.

We all know that at the core of our ability to bring compassion to others, those closest to us as well as those suffering around the globe, we must embrace our ability to be compassionate with ourselves. And yet that seems to be one thing so many of us have the greatest difficulty with.

Join us for a rejuvenating and inspiring session focused on honing the precious jewel that exists at the heart of our being.

Your Facilitator: Susan Partnow is co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America and Global Citizen Journey. She is a former teacher and speech pathologist, author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions, co-author of The Art of Compassionate Listening, certified mediator, and an organizational development consultant/trainer for over 20 years, with an M.A. from Northwestern University.

Cost: Total cost for the one-day workshop is $75 to $150. You'll be able to choose what you pay within this range at the end of the workshop. Those able and willing to contribute at the higher end help support our ability to provide partial scholarships for those who are in need. 

Pre-registration of $50 is required. This pre-registration fee goes toward the total workshop fee. The remainder of the fee is due at the end of the workshop. We're unable to accept any credit cards at the workshop so bring cash or checkbook! eturning participant

Partial scholarships may be available for those unable to pay the full fee, so please don't let cost be a barrier.

Cancellation Policy:If you cancel with more than two weeks notice, we can apply $40 toward registration toward a future workshop. With less than two weeks notice, we can apply $25 toward a future workshop. There are no refunds.


Continuing education credits may be available for this workshop.

For more about The Compassionate Listening Project,
visit www:compassionatelistening.org

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Compassionate Listening  Intro Day 2: Healing the World, Inside Out
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Compassionate Listening Intro Day 2: Healing the World, Inside Out

Become a More Powerful Peacemaker in Your Family, Community and Workplace

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Deepen Your Exploration of the Five Core Practices of Compassionate Listening and learn the skills necessary to bring this powerful technique into your daily life.
**Holding Compassion for Oneself and Others
**Suspending Judgment
**Maintaining Balance in the Heat of Conflict
**Listening with the Heart
**Speaking from the Heart

Compassionate Listening is a practice that reaches deep into the heart of discord or disconnection, teaching people to listen with a different "ear" to those around them. Its powerful tools help transform the energy of conflict into opportunities for understanding, intimacy at home, healthy relations, productive teamwork, and positive action. It is a practice that provides a roadmap to what sages from all ages and cultures have taught: cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace "from the inside out."

This one day session provides Day 2 of the basic introduction for those who have take Day 1 and an opportunity for previous participants to review and deepen their practice. Whereas Day 1 focused on our own stories and self compassion, Day 2 brings us to stepping in the shoes of the other, transforming debate to dialogue and healing connection, and learning from our judgements.

Your Facilitator: Susan Partnow is co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America and Global Citizen Journey. She is a former teacher and speech pathologist, author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions, co-author of The Art of Compassionate Listening, certified mediator, and an organizational development consultant/trainer for over 20 years, with an M.A. from Northwestern University.

Primary Hosts: Heart Sisters In Actions and Global Citizen Journey


Cost: Total cost for the one-day workshop is $75 to 150. You'll be able to choose what you pay within this range at the end of the workshop. Those able and willing to contribute at the higher end help support our ability to provide partial scholarships for those who are in need. 

Pre-registration of $50 is required. Register here:  https://compassionate_listening_intro_day_2_april_21.eventbrite.com/
This pre-registration fee goes toward the total workshop fee. The remainder of the fee is due at the end of the workshop. We're unable to accept any credit cards at the workshop so bring cash or checkbook!  
Partial scholarships may be available for those unable to pay the full fee, so please don't let cost be a barrier.

Cancellation Policy:If you cancel with more than two weeks notice, we can apply $40 toward registration toward a future workshop. With less than two weeks notice, we can apply $25 toward a future workshop. There are no refunds.

Continuing education credits may be available for this workshop.

For more about The Compassionate Listening Project,
visit www:compassionatelistening.org

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Compassionate Listening Day 1: Healing the World, Inside and Out
Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

Compassionate Listening Day 1: Healing the World, Inside and Out

Become a More Powerful Peacemaker in Your Family,
Community and Workplace

Now more than ever we need to learn and practice skills that reach the heart and build connection and understanding in our polarized worlds. Join this one day session co-hosted by Queen Anne Methodist/The Well

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compassionate-listening-intensive-healing-the-world-from-the-inside-out-tickets-37781176516?aff=efbevent

Come explore the Five Core Practices of Compassionate Listening and learn the skills necessary to bring this powerful technique into your daily life
*Holding Compassion for Oneself and Others
*Developing the Fair Witness
*Maintaining Balance in the Heat of Conflict
*Listening with the Heart
*Speaking from the Heart

Compassionate Listening is a practice that reaches deep into the heart of discord or disconnection, teaching people to listen with a different "ear" to those around them. Its powerful tools help transform the energy of conflict into opportunities for understanding, intimacy at home, healthy relations, productive teamwork, and positive action. It is a practice that provides a roadmap to what sages from all ages and cultures have taught: cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace "from the inside out."

The one day session will serve as a basic introduction for newcomers and an opportunity for previous participants to review and deepen their practice. 

Your Facilitator: Susan Partnow is co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America and Global Citizen Journey. She is a former teacher and speech pathologist, author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions, co-author of The Art of Compassionate Listening, certified mediator, and an organizational development consultant/trainer for over 20 years, with an M.A. from Northwestern University

Co-Hosted by Heart Sisters in Action and Global Citizen Journey. 
Cost: Total cost for the one-day workshop is $75 to 150. You'll be able to choose what you pay within this range at the end of the workshop. Those able and willing to contribute at the higher end help support our ability to provide partial scholarships for those who are in need. 

Pre-registration of $50 is required. This pre-registration fee goes toward the total workshop fee. The remainder of the fee is due at the end of the workshop. We're unable to accept any credit cards at the workshop so bring cash or checkbook!
Partial scholarships may be available for those unable to pay the full fee, so please don't let cost be a barrier.

Register here:  https://compassionatelistening-day_1_april_7.eventbrite.com/

Continuing education credits may be available for this workshop.

For more about The Compassionate Listening Project,
visit www:compassionatelistening.org

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Compassionate Listening Intensive: Healing the World from the Inside Out
Nov
18
9:30 AM09:30

Compassionate Listening Intensive: Healing the World from the Inside Out

Become a More Powerful Peacemaker in Your Family,
Community and Workplace

9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

Explore the Five Core Practices of Compassionate Listening and learn the skills necessary to bring this powerful technique into your daily life.

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compassionate-listening-intensive-healing-the-world-from-the-inside-out-tickets-37781176516?aff=efbevent

Holding Compassion for Oneself and Others
Suspending Judgment
Maintaining Balance in the Heat of Conflict
Listening with the Heart
Speaking from the Heart

Compassionate Listening is a practice that reaches deep into the heart of discord or disconnection, teaching people to listen with a different "ear" to those around them. Its powerful tools help transform the energy of conflict into opportunities for understanding, intimacy at home, healthy relations, productive teamwork, and positive action. It is a practice that provides a roadmap to what sages from all ages and cultures have taught: cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace "from the inside out."

The one day session will serve as a basic introduction for newcomers and an opportunity for previous participants to review and deepen their practice. 

Your Facilitator: Susan Partnow is co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America and Global Citizen Journey. She is a former teacher and speech pathologist, author of Everyday Speaking for All Occasions, co-author of The Art of Compassionate Listening, certified mediator, and an organizational development consultant/trainer for over 20 years, with an M.A. from Northwestern University


Cost: Total cost for the one-day workshop is $75 to 150. You'll be able to choose what you pay within this range at the end of the workshop. Those able and willing to contribute at the higher end help support our ability to provide partial scholarships for those who are in need. 


Pre-registration of $50 is required. This pre-registration fee goes toward the total workshop fee. The remainder of the fee is due at the end of the workshop. We're unable to accept any credit cards at the workshop so bring cash or checkbook!
Partial scholarships may be available for those unable to pay the full fee, so please don't let cost be a barrier.

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compassionate-listening-intensive-healing-the-world-from-the-inside-out-tickets-37781176516?aff=efbevent

Cancellation Policy:If you cancel with more than two weeks notice, we can apply $40 toward registration toward a future workshop. With less than two weeks notice, we can apply $25 toward a future workshop. There are no refunds.

Additional Information:

If you do not receive your Paypal receipt, there was probably a problem with your registration. Please call us if this happens. Do not assume that you are registered!

After registering and paying, you will receive an email from PayPal confirming your payment. This is your confirmation of a completed registration. If you elect to pay by check, you will receive a confirmation as soon as the check is received. Within two weeks prior to the workshop we will send an email with final details and directions.


As mentioned: We have some ability to offer partial scholarships. If you'd like to know more about this workshop or partial scholarships, contact Susan at (206) 310-1203 or susanpartnow@gmail.com

Continuing education credits may be available for this workshop.

For more about The Compassionate Listening Project,
visit www:compassionatelistening.org

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Creating a Spiritual Wisdom Council
Oct
21
8:30 AM08:30

Creating a Spiritual Wisdom Council

15th Annual InterSpiritual Community Summit

Register Now: http://bpt.me/3104156

Who is speaking for "us" in the public square to reconcile the many contentious issues threatening our collective well-being? Are you, too, concerned about the polarization that is blocking us from discovering common purpose within our families, neighborhoods and communities? Perhaps, "it begins with us!).

We invite you to join with us to design and create a group that will re-frame the current debates. Together with spiritual guides from 9 world religions, we intend to devote our annual interfaith community summit to rediscovering the universal spiritual wisdom we share at the deepest level of our humanity.

Northwest Interfaith, partner of Call of Compassion NW, has incorporated NICO (Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach) and TIN (The Interfaith Network) and is organizing this summit as a community grassroots initiative. We believe that shared spiritual practices can awaken us to new possibilities for peace, that compassionate relational skills will help us initiate courageous dialogue with people who disagree with us, and, when applied respectfully and authentically in the public square, they will reveal common purpose for healthy political outcomes.

Now is the time and we are the people: please come, invite your friends  --- and Register Now!

Join leaders from 9 spiritual traditions in a Council of Wisdom Seekers

♥ share spiritual practices 

♥ learn how to be in authentic relationship 

♥ connect with others who think differently

Let us learn something new, including practices to cultivate:

Inner Peace  -  Reclaim peace in ourselves

Healthy Relationships  -  Trust is the key

Beloved Communities-  Everyone is our neighbor

  $15 advanced registration; $20 at the door donations for scholarships welcomed

*Northwest Interfaith is the union of The Interfaith Network (TIN) and NW Interfaith Community Outreach (NICO).

2017 InterSpiritual Community Summit is co-sponsored with: The Interfaith Amigos, The Well/Queen Anne UMC, Interfaith Community Sanctuary, SeattleU STM, AnandaWashington, St Patrick Church, Call of Compassion NW, and more...

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Pilgrimage to Peace in the Middle East
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Pilgrimage to Peace in the Middle East

@First United Methodist Church

Come engage with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace as she hosts a conversation with Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations near Bethlehem about daily living, human rights concerns, and peacebuilding.

Tickets: $12 suggested donation at the door or purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets.

Brought to you by First United Methodist Church and The Well.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Parking available on site.

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Diana Butler Bass - Gratitude and Love: Sustaining Powers for Resistance
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

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

If you purchased tickets are the previous price, please email us at thewellqueenanne@gmail.com for refund information. 

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Rita Nakashima-Brock - Moral Injury & Soul Repair
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
7:15 PM19:15

Sister Lucy - Meet a Living Mother Teresa

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
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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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Soul Collage
Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
7:00 PM19:00

"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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Black Women Relating to Sustain Our Personal Power
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Black Women Relating to Sustain Our Personal Power

  • The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Reggie Williams - Interrupting Whiteness: Harlem Renaissance, Black Christ, & Christian Ethics
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

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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Emilie Townes & Robin DiAngelo - Womanist Theology and White Fragility
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

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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Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative
Nov
5
9:30 AM09:30

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
7:00 PM19:00

Miroslav Volf - Forgiveness, Reconciliation, & the Common Good

  • Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University (map)
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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? 

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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
7:00 PM19:00

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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Film: "An Act of Love" & Dialogue w/Rev. Frank Schaefer
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

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

  • Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
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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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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Standing Together for Human Dignity, Justice, Compassion, Wisdom - Yesterday's Wisdom: Today's World

Free and Open to the Public but Registration is Required!

Yesterday's Wisdom: Today's World explores how current realities might benefit form wisdom teachings of the past. Great minds from all traditions have emphasized the critical role that knowledge plays in maintaining a just society and impersonal satisfaction. An interfaith panel will be followed by small group dialogue.

  • Panelists: The Rev. Alfredo Feregrino, Episcopal Priest and Mission Developer, Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, Seattle

  • Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Kol Ami, Woodinville

  • Mohamed El-Sharkawy, Member, Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) and Professor, University of Washington

This session of Standing Together is the second in a five-session series at various Westside locations. Click here for more information, including information about future sessions and related readings. 

Sponsored by: Muslim Association of Puget Sounds (MAPS) and The Church Council of Greater Seattle

Endorsed by: Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Pacifica Institute, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Bear Creek United Methodist Church, Congregation Kol Ami, Kadima Deconstructionist Jewish Community, Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, Faith Action Network (FAN), Living Interfaith Church, Temple Beth Am, and Call of Compassion NW

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