The Well – a New Ministry

QAUMC is launching a new ministry called “The Well, a gathering place for conversation.” Designed to offer an intimate space for big conversations and experiences, The Well will meet weekly beginning in March.

Why “The Well?”
Wells are deep places. They are watering holes. They are places where Jesus met and shared conversation with people. We hope to offer a place where people can explore the world, ideas, and faith more deeply. We hope to extend living water in a parched and thirsty world. We hope that The Well becomes a place where the community gathers to share ideas, life, and laughter.

What is “The Well?”
Generally speaking, The Well will be a gathering on Thursday nights. It kicks off on Thursday, March 1 with a series of 4 Bible studies led by Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson. However, conversation facilitators will be coming from all over the world, so we will shift our schedule according to topic, presenter, and format. Sometimes gatherings will be small (5-12 people). Sometimes they will be much larger (120 people). All the time, the public is invited to come and engage the topics fully and freely.

Schedule for “The Well.”
March 1, 8, 15, 22 – 7-9 PM. Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson. Topic: “Coming Out of Empire, Moving into Christ”
March 1: “It was necessary to go through Samaria” (John 4)
March 8: “All I know, is I was blind and now I see” (John 9)
March 15: “Come out!” (John 11)
March 22: “I have given you an example” (John 13-17)
Wes Howard-Brook has an article today in the Tikkun Daily that discusses his own Jewish-Christian experience.

April 18 – 6:30-8:30 PM. Robert V Taylor. Topic: New book “A New Way to be Human.”

Robert V Taylor left South Africa to escape imprisonment for his anti-aphartheid activity. He later became the first openly gay dean in the Episcopal church.

May 12 – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Grammy winning Singer/Songwriter Carrie Newcomer.Topic: Afternoon conversation on the sacred and the ordinary
7:30 PM Concert. $10 donation suggested.

May 26-27. John Dominic Crossan on “Jesus and the Kingdom.”
Saturday, May 26. In the afternoon, one lecture.
Sunday, May 27. Preaching in the 10 AM worship service.
Sunday, May 27 afternoon, second lecture.

June 6, 6:30 PM. Kathleen Norris on “Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life,” her book about the spiritual experience of sloth. She examines the topic in the light of theology, psychology, monastic spirituality, and her own experience.

June 10 – 6:30 PM. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Topic: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture.”

June 18 – Grammy nominated and Dove Winning Singer Jennifer Knapp. In partnership with Seattle First United Methodist Church, Jennifer Knapp will present a concert at Seattle First UMC and will facilitate a dialogue called “Inside Out Faith” at Queen Anne UMC’s The Well. Welcome to Pride Week!

October 20 – Alexander McCall Smith. Details coming!

One Reply to “The Well – a New Ministry”

  1. Recommending Rabbi David Zaslow of Ashland, Oregon who just published a book titled, Jesus-First Century Rabbi for your conversations.


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