“A more just and compassionate society can be built through generous conversation in community over time.”
At the Well, nationally and internationally respected leaders facilitate conversation, offer presentations, and lead those assembled in respectful, engaged, and deep discourse. Artists perform and dialogue with the audience. Scientists teach about new and exciting discoveries, and they disturb with challenging data. And still, the holy and sacred in our gatherings arise from those who show up with open ears, discerning hearts, probing minds, and compassionate tongues. Come, join the conversation!
The Well Happenings
Ian has spoken at Willow Creek, Yale University, the Catalyst Conference, the International Arts Movement Encounter, Story 2011, the Center for Action and Contemplation with Richard Rohr, the Wild Goose Festival, The Storyline Conference with Donald Miller, and Becca Stevens at An Evening of Stories at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He is the curator of the Conversations on Courage and Faith Series at Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, which has hosted Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author and Medal of Freedom Winner Maya Angelou, theologian NT Wright, and Richard Rohr, among others.
September 19, 7:30 PM. Classical Concerts 2 End Gun Violence, a fundraiser for the WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility.
Music of Brahms and Mozart featuring Charles Robert Stephens, Alexandra Picard, Janeane Houston, and others.Free-will offering will be taken.
October 9, 12:30 PM. Dr. Cornel West. Private lunch. Black Prophetic Fire.
Dr. Cornel West returns to The Well for a private lunch to talk about his new book Black Prophetic Fire, which will be released on October 7.
In his new book, Dr. West takes a look at six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades.
Dr. West will speak to area leaders – religious and civic – about the role and need for prophetic presence today, the roles that race and power play in our public commons, and how we can work for a more just and compassionate community.
Pre-lunch music provided by members from the Total Experience Gospel Choir.
Lunch provided by FareStart.
Sister Helen Prejean, October 13, 2014, 7 PM. Power, Justice, Grace, and the Death Penalty.
Sister Helen Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph where she began working in prison ministry in 1981. As part of her work, she became the spiritual advisor for Patrick Sonnier, who was convicted of killing two teenage girls. Her experience of walking with him through his execution led Sister Helen to write Dead Man Walking: an Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, which was subsequently made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. It was nominated for four Oscars; Susan Sarandon won for best actress. Sister Helen is the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group. She continues to organize against the death penalty while simultaneously working with the families of murdered victims.
November 12, 7 PM. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago & Conversation with Filmmaker Lydia B. Smith. $10.
”Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” is a movie by filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, who follows six pilgrims as they travel 500 miles along the millennium old pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. For many, walking the Camino becomes a way to explore their place in the universe and to look deeply within to explore the recesses of their souls.
“Walking the Camino” has been screened across the US winning multiple film festival awards, including the Rainier Independent Film Festival Best Documentary award. It was recently screened locally at SIFF.
Past presenters at The Well include:
* Rafe Pearlman and Guests (January 8)
* Young Adult Interfaith Conference at St. Mark’s (January 12)
* Majora Carter (January 25)
* Julia Weaver (February 11)
* Brian McLaren (February 18)
* Peter Jabin and Darcy Marlow (February 25)
* Cornel West (March 8)
* Susannah Heschel (March 12)
* Karen Armstrong (co-sponsored) (March 14)
* Frank Schaefer (March 29-30)
* Diana Butler Bass (February 21)
* Phyllis Tickle (March 16)
* Joel Salatin (March 23)
* John “Mike” Wallace (April 10)
* Bill McKibben (April 28)
* Norman Wirzba (May 15)
* The Brilliance (May 17)
* Robert Paarlberg (May 28)
* Marion Nestle (June 18)
* Ron Finley (June 26)
* Charles Montgomery (September 18)
* Monica A Coleman (October 9)
* Derek Webb (October 17)
* Aidan Key (October 26)
* Chipotle Church (October 27)
*Rabbi Michael Lerner (November 19)
* Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson (Thursdays in March)
* Robert V Taylor (April 18)
* Tavis Smiley and Cornel West (April 24)
* Carrie Newcomer (May 12)
* John Dominic Crossan (May 26-27)
* Kathleen Norris (June 6)
* Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (June 10)
* Jennifer Knapp (June 18-19)
* Luis Rodriguez (July 19)
* Forum on marriage equality (August 30)
* Philip Gulley (September 4)
* Macky Alston and his film “Love Free or Die” (October 10)
* Alexander McCall Smith (October 20)
* Bill Mallonee and Muriah Rose (November 1)
* Tony Jones (November 8 )
* Anne Lamott (November 13)
* Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker (November 29)
* Dickens Carolers (December 23)