|John Dominic Crossan|
Our new ministry at QAUMC called "The Well, a gathering place for conversation" continues to bring provocative and thoughtful people to lead conversations, provide music, and facilitate encounters with the divine. This year our line up has included:
|Tavis Smiley and Cornel West|
- Wes Howard Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson on Empire and God
- Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on "The Poverty Manifesto"
- Robert V Taylor on "A New Way to Be Human"
- Carrie Newcomer on Spiritual Autobiography and a concert
- John Dominic Crossan on "The Power of Parable"
- Kathleen Norris on "Acedia and Me"
- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on "The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture"
- Jennifer Knapp on "Inside/Out Faith: Can You Be Gay and Christian" and a concert
- Luis Rodriguez on "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing"
- Philip Gulley on "The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity"
- Bill Mallonee and Muriah Rose on "Faith, Art, and Cultural Relevance" and a concert
- Macky Alston with his film "Love Free or Die"
- Interfaith Forum on Marriage Equality
- Alexendar McCall Smith on Location, Civility, and Humor
- Tony Jones on "A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin"
- Anne Lamott on "Help, Thanks, Wow: Three Essential Prayers"
It seems that we in America spend an awful lot of time yelling at, talking past, and misquoting one another. We want to do the exact opposite of that at The Well; we want a safe place to ask hard questions about life, faith, God, community, our world, our politics, and to struggle with the hard problems that face us in our world. We strive to help one another find the right language to talk about our faith and spiritual journeys so that we might better appreciate the struggles and quests of our neighbors.
|Katie M Ladd and Alexander McCall Smith|
I am loving this adventure. Thank you to all who have adventured with us. Many blessings on your holiday weekend. Many blessings to you as Advent approaches. We hope you wish us well - that we might find the money to continue into the new year. We have a plan; we just need the tools to make it happen.
All of this and so much more is why I am more absent than present on this blog. I hope to come back soon refreshed and ready to dialogue in this space. Happy Thanksgiving.
|Wes Howard Brook and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove|