Thursday, April 26, 2012
In "Our Lives as Sacred Story" (2-4 PM) Carrie invites participants to explore and honor the depth, grace, and wonder of their personal stories. The workshop uses conversation, exploratory writing, group and individual experiences designed to facilitate a spiritual framing of daily life. It is a safe and encouraging workshop. Whether you have a history of writing or whether you are interested in exploring new ways to tell your spiritual story, you will find this workshop welcoming. Reserve your place now. The workshop is limited to 30 people. It, like the concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10.
In the evening concert (7:30-9:00 PM), Carrie, her guitar, and her musical partner Gary will use music to open up the sacredness of the world. Described by Barbara Kingsolver as "poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace" as well as being labeled "a soaring songstress" by Billboard, Carrie won a Grammy for her song "I Should've Known Better" recorded by Nickel Creek. She has toured with Alison Krauss and collaborated with Mary Chapin Carpenter. In 2009 and 2011, Carie was invited to tour India as a cultural ambassador for the American Embassy. Her most recent recording is called "Everything is Everywhere" and features the master of the Indian classical sarod Amjad Ali Khan. She is currently collaborating with Parker Palmer in retreats based on his book "Healing the Heart of Democracy." The concert is free with ticket required for admission and a suggested $10 donation.
For either the concert or the workshop, please email email@example.com or call at 206-282-4307.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
For a limited time - only one week - audio of the talk will be on Queen Anne UMC's website. If you want to hear what Tavis Smiley and Cornel West had to say, listen before the audio is taken down.
Personally, it was such a treat to welcome Cornel West back to a church I'm serving. And, it was a real pleasure to meet Tavis Smiley. Gracious men with prophetic words.
Queen Anne UMC is a tiny neighborhood church. We are not a cathedral, a mega-church, or even a large downtown church. We are tucked away on Queen Anne hill - just up the hill from downtown Seattle. We don't have a parking lot. We aren't on a bus line. We are one of thousands upon thousands of small neighborhood churches that dot neighborhoods across this country. We do have a beautiful worship space, dedicated members, and a desire to offer God's grace to the larger community. That is what gave birth to our new minsitry "The Well." Designed as an intimate space for big conversation, national (and even international) speakers, leaders, scientists, poets, dreamers, and scholars are coming to this church tucked away on a hill, and they are leading us in ongoing dialogue about faith, mind, body, and community. We are happy to be able to share a little piece of our experience with any who would like to join us.
Here's a link to the audio from Tuesday's talks. Thank you, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Stay strong!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Robert V Taylor, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Carrie Newcomer, John Dominic Crossan, Kathleen Norris, and One Little Church
Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in a paralyzed nation—these are the realities of America, land of the free and home of the new middle class poor. Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals, take on the “p” word—poverty. They challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America—what it really is and how to eradicate it.
Pick up your tickets to see them during the evening of April 24 at the Neptune theater in Seattle.
Then, on May 12, Grammy winning recording artist Carrie Newcomer will join us to lead a workshop called "Our Lives as Sacred Story" and perform an evening concert. Described by Barbara Kingsolver as a "poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace" as well as by Rolling Stone, "a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate," Carrie Newcomer may be a name you don't know, but it is one that you should know. She has toured with Alison Krauss Europe and she wrote the song Grammy winning song "I Should've Known Better," which was recorded by Nickel Creek. Her most recent album is "Everything is Everywhere," recorded with master of the Indian classical sarod Amjad Ali Khan and it benefits the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. She is currently collaborating with Parker Palmer in concert and retreats based on his book "Healing the Heart of Democracy."
Her workshop is limited to 30 people. Reserve your place now. Also, reserve a ticket for her concert at 7:30 PM on May 12.
Over Memorial Day weekend, John Dominic Crossan will be on site to lead conversations about parables and the kingdom. He will preach Pentecost Sunday as well.
We begin June with Kathleen Norris on June 6.
The whole year is lined up with recording artists, poets, scientists, dreamers, law makers, activists, Bible scholars, educators, and theologians.
But, in the end, the conversation is only as rich as the questions of the people who show up. The core of this ministry is that it is "intimate space, big conversation." Bring your whole selves and engage with your neighbor in struggling for a more just and compassionate world.
And, the conversation is just getting started.
For more information, please check out our website.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Since everybody in the country has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, I thought I would throw in my opinion, ill-formed as it is, from nothing but news accounts. Doesn't that make you want to read this? But, given the debate around race that this has sparked, with today's anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and with this week marking the most holy week on the Christian calendar, I thought I would toss in a very simple contribution to this national dialogue: I don't care whether Zimmerman's account is 100% true; he deserves to be arrested and prosecuted. And, this is why.
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