The Well – About & Schedule

intimate space, big conversation

“A more just and compassionate society can be built through generous conversation in community over time.”


At the Well’s public events, nationally and internationally respected leaders facilitate conversation, offer presentations, and curate dialogue that is respectful, engaged, and deep.

Public events fall in to one of 5 focus areas: Food, Faith and Planet; Autism and Us; How to have difficult conversations; Spiritual Journey/Pilgrimage; and Power, Violence, Peace.




The Well Happenings

Focus Area: Spiritual Journey/Pilgrimage

July 7, 7 PM, Vespers with The Brilliance: Prayers for the World, $20 (general admission), $10 (student), all welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Our friends from The Brilliance join us again. This time they come to lead worship: “Prayers for the World.” Through story, song, and prayer, we will offer intentions for a world of shalom, salaam, peace. All are welcome.

David Gungor, John Arndt, and friends are The Brilliance. Their music is rich, theologically deep, and emotionally honest.  We are very grateful to call them friends and look forward to new and creative ways to bring art and beauty into the world as a healing balm.

If you are able to help us offset costs, you may give $20 at the service. All are welcome. Worship is free.

Focus Area: How to have difficult conversations

July 18. The Interfaith Amigos come to The Well via Compassionate Seattle. Stay tuned for more information!

Focus Area: Power, Violence, Peace


July 22, 7 PM, Dr. Amy K. Bailey and Dr. Stewart Tolany, Lynched: The Victims of Southern Mob Violence, $5 suggested donations to help us keep the lights on the doors open.

Dr. Amy K. Bailey, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dr. Stewart Tolnay, Prof. of Sociology at the University of Washington have co-authored the book Lynched: The Victims of Southern Mob ViolenceThey offer the results of their research as a foundation for conversation. The history of violence and the patterns of racial violence in the South robbed people of dignity and identity, and the patterns are still at work today. Race and violence and the dignity robbed of people are found on newspaper headlines everyday. This conversation will not be only about history; it will be about our communities today.

As always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Focus Areas: Spiritual Journey/Pilgrimage and Power, Violence, Peace

jwhportrait1July 29-30, 7 PM, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Reconstructing   America: The Moral Center of Today’s Freedom Struggles, $10 (general), $6.50 (student)

As always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. This and all of our events are free to you should you need.

July 29: Training with campus pastors

July 30: Private Micro-Community dialogue

July 30 Public Talk: Reconstructing America: The Moral Center of Today’s Freedom Struggles

Jonathan is a pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and is a leading voice in the New Monastic moment. He and his wife founded the Rutba House in Durham, NC in 2003. It is a house committed to radical hospitality. He is the director of the School for Conversion. He is a tireless voice and active presence for a compassionate and just community – the beloved community.

Focus Areas: Spiritual Journey/Pilgrimage; Power, Violence, Peace; How to have difficult conversations

August 15, 7 PM, Jeff Hood, “The Courage to Be Queer,” $10 (general admission), $5 (student). As always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Jeff HoodThe Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood is a theologian, historian, and bioethicist by academic training, He is a graduate of Auburn University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, the University of Alabama, Creighton University and recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.  His ordination rests within the Southern Baptist Convention.  A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he lives and works in Denton, Texas, where he serves as Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace and Justice, Executive Director of Center for Theological Activism and as a pastor to persons in communities throughout the region.  As a theological activist and organizer, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, the Statewide Steering Committee of Pastors for Texas Children and the Board of Directors of Hope for Peace and Justice.  In 2013, my work as a spiritual organizer and activist was recognized by PFLAG Fort Worth’s Equality Award.  He is married to Emily and they have three young sons, twin toddlers, Jeff and Phillip, and newborn, Quinley.  He also maintains a close friendship to Texas Death Row prisoner Will Speer. He is the author of six books, The Queer: An Interaction with The Gospel of John, The Queering of an American Evangelical, The Sociopathic Jesus, The Year of the Queer, Jesus on Death Row and Frances. He says, “I believe that God is calling us to something queerer.”

August 23, 3:30-5:30 PM, Kids & Race Workshop: Beyond Colorblindness, $15/family. @Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N). 

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them? Join scholar and activist Stacy Kitahata and children’s therapist Donna Linn for this interactive workshop on how we can help kids understand race, privilege, and its impact on all our lives. Childcare includes age-appropriate program for preschool through early elementary kids on privilege. Co-sponsored by Columbia City Church of Hope, The Well, and Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. $15 per family, or pay what you are able.


Past presenters at The Well include:

*F. Willis Johnson and Steve Lawler (May 13-15)
*Jennifer Knapp (April 11)
*Film: The Mask You Live In (March 25)
*Walter Brueggemann (March 13-14) (co-sponsored with St. Mark’s Cathedral)
*How to talk with young children about race (March 7) (co-sponsored with Columbia City Church of Hope)
*Dr. Allen Ault (March 5) (co-sponsored with the WA Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)
*Art&Agriculture: Creative Re-Imagnings of Food Systems (February 19) (co-sponsored)
* Peter Rollins (co-sponsored) (January 8)
* 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)
* Ian Morgan Cron (September 18)
* Cornel West (October 9)
* Helen Prejean (October 13)
* Lydia B Smith/Walking the Camino (November 12)
* The Brilliance (December 2)
* Rafe Pearlman and Gusts (December 31)

* 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)

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