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, 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

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

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January 8, 2-6 PM. Liturgies of Justice: Building the Future Church, A Clinic for Practitioners w Peter Rollins. $30 (student), $40 (general admission). Pay as you go options available upon request. @The Well/QAUMC.

You are invited to join us for a dynamic, practical discussion centered around building the future church in each of our unique contexts. Feel free to come with questions, struggles and frustrations that you would like to discuss and wrestle with. This afternoon clinic will involve both instruction as well as situation specific conversation.

For theological groundwork for the clinic on January 8, attend the January 7, 7 PM lecture at The Seattle School – God is Undead: Address Psychosis and Perversion in Religion. $15 (student), $25 (regular) @ The Seattle School.

Peter Rollins is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller, and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, life is difficult, and we don’t know the secret.

Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief, Peter’s incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity attacks the distinction between sacred and secular, blurs the lines between theism and atheism, and sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of a life before death.

Peter gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast, and has earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA), and Post-Structural Thought (PhD). He is the author of numerous books, including Insurrection: To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine and The Idolatry of God: Breaking our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently lives in Los Angeles, and will die somewhere not yet known.


Focus Area: Power, Violence, and Peace

Brueggemann2March 13-15, Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath Resistance/Neighborhood Economics 

(co-sponsored with St. Mark’s Cathedral)

Friday Night Lecture 7 PM                                            Sabbath – Justice Beyond Pharaoh 

Saturday Workshops (@St. Mark’s Cathedral)
Sabbath – The Rhythm of Creation (9-10:15)
Sabbath – The Miracle of Neighborhood (10:30-12)

Lecture Only: $20

Workshops Only: $25
2-Day Ticket: $35

Focus Area: Power, Violence, and Peace
March 25, Film Screening: The Mask You Live In

Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?
Ticket Information TBA

Focus Area: Power, Violence, and Peace
June 6, RAWTools: The Peacemaker Tour (with Mike Martin and Kurt Willems)

“PeaceMaker” is an hour-long ceremony centered in the Christian faith in which a gun is forged into a garden tool while songs, art, stories, and scripture are shared.

By the event’s end a physical representation of God’s prophecy of “beating your swords into plowshares” from Isaiah and Micah is created in actuality. People experience opportunities for healing, purpose, and a reinvigoration of imagination as a new reality is encountered in this physical representation of “forging peace.”

Check out RAWTools for more information about their work.

Ticket Information TBA.

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)
* Ian Morgan Cron (September 18)
* Cornel West (October 9)
* Helen Prejean (October 13)
* 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)

18 Responses to The Well – About & Schedule

  1. Beth Snyder says:

    Please add me to your email list.
    Programs sound great!

  2. Kathy Truman says:

    The Well is inspiring. You have some terrific offerings and impressive speakers. I plan to make the trek up to Seattle to experience John Dominic Crossan’s talks.

    Kathy Truman
    Catholic Lay Leader
    Mission of the Atonement Lutheran and Catholic Community

  3. I am pleased to find “The Well” and intend to follow your postings regularly. I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, but my wife and I have two daughters, their husbands, and a grandson living in Ballard; we visit often. :-) We will plan to worship with you when we are next in your area.

    I want to offer a recommendation for your upcoming Carrie Newcomer conversation and concert on May 12. Unfortunately, we won’t be in Seattle then to participate , but we follow Carrie’s work faithfully, and were able to participate in her workshop and concert in Iowa last month. She is special!

    Blessings in your efforts, Pastor Katie, and we’ll look forward to meeting you when we are next in your area later this summer.

    • What a nice thing to say, Steve. When you make it out this way, be sure to drop by. We are a small church where one is always welcome to grab a cup of coffee, draw up a chair, and chat a while.

      And, yes, Carrie Newcomer is quite special. We are very lucky to welcome her here on May 12.

      Pastor Katie

  4. Trisha Wenger says:

    looks like an excellent group of speakers, please send us information about events

  5. Karen Schneider says:

    Hi Katie,
    I am the Family Advocate for your unit for HomeStep. I saw Dr. West and Tavis Smiley at the Neptune and was delighted to hear them say your name as the host for the luncheon. I would love to be on the e-mail list! What a wonderful offering to the community and world at large!
    Karen Schneider

    • Karen, so glad to hear from you and that you had the opportunity to go see Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. I had no idea that we were mentioned at the evening event. Awesome! I am forwarding your name and address for addition to our list. Do you see anything here on our list that is of particular interest?

  6. Karl Olsen says:

    Hi, Katie.

    Your offerings at The Well sound wonderful. The day with Carrie is very appealing, however kid events will likely prevent that from happening–so many good things in life! But I’d love to be added to the mailing list. I’m on Whidbey, so not too far to travel for an event.


  7. Dan Oberg says:

    Looks like great things you are doing…would love to partner with you at some point. Keep me posted!

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  10. Laura Jaquith Bartlett says:

    I would love to be on your mailing list. I stumbled across The Well thanks to a blurb in the PNW email newsletter. I’m the program director for the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, a UM ministry setting for adult education & renewal just outside of Portland. I’m fascinated by your ministry with The Well, and I’d love to know more! –Laura

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