Frank Schaefer, March 29-30, on Trials, LGBTQI People, Church, & Spiritual Identity

Frank Schaefer was defrocked in December of 2013 for performing his son’s same sex wedding. Love for his son trumped the rules of the church. What does it mean to maintain spiritual integrity in the face of pressures to act in a different way? How can the UMC have spiritual integrity with the rules it currently has? Frank Schaefer will speak about integrity, spiritual identity, and the importance of prophetic witness inside the church and throughout the world.

March 29, Open House Coffee with Frank Schaefer for United Methodists @ Woodland Park United Methodist Church (302 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103). You are invited to meet and greet Frank and to share frustrations, heartaches, and hopes with other United Methodists. The coffee is 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Please RSVP to thewellqueenanne (at) gmail (dot) com.

March 30, Preaching @ QAUMC, 10 AM service.

March 30, Frank Schaefer, “Integrity in the Face of Oppression: Witness to Love with the LGBTQI Communities,” 4 PM.


Cornel West and Susannah Heschel – Two Talks on Abraham Joshua Heschel

Continuing our focus on “Spiritual Identity, Multi-Faith World,” Dr. Cornel West and Susannah Heschel will each give talks on the legacy and work of 20th Century Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose works not only greatly influenced the course of American Judaism but also Christianity. At the Vatican Council II, Rabbi Heschel successfully encouraged the Roman Catholic Church to change its liturgy and teachings to no longer pKing-Heschel-marchaint Jews in a negative light. He worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the American Civil Rights movement. And, he was instrumental in the anti-Vietnam movement. As influential as Rabbi Heschel is within Judaism, his life and work extends far beyond his own community.

On March 8, Dr. Cornel West will give a talk called “Heschel and Peace: A Dream for All Faiths.” On March 12, Dr. Susannah Heschel is scheduled to speak on “Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interfaith Relationships: Complicated Past, Important Future.” If you need scholarship assistance, please call or email us at thewellqueenanne (at) gmail (dot) com.