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: Power, Violence, and Peace

AllenAultMarch 5, Dr. Allen Ault, Killing the Killers: The Negative Effects of the Death Penalty on Prison Staff, 7 pm.

Co-sponsored with the WA Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

As the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, Dr. Allen Ault oversaw the executions of five men, ordering the prison electrician to pull the switch that would end their lives. These men were murderers, but they would not be the only ones who killed. What is the impact of the death penalty on those asked to carry out the ultimate punishment? The prison guards and officials are the ones who mete out the order handed down by those jurors, judges, journalists, politicians and civilians who are so far removed from the final act of killing. According to Dr. Ault, the State should not be asking its employees to kill. The effects are damaging and long-lasting. Join us as we continue the conversation about the death penalty. We will hear about his experience and why he went from warden to abolitionist.

Allen L. Ault currently serves as Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. The College has grown 300% since his appointment in 2003. Prior to coming to EKU, he served as Chief for the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ault has also served as a Warden of a maximum security prison and then as Commissioner of state departments of corrections for five governors in three states. He also served as Chairman of the Florida Board of Corrections for eight years. During his career, he has been Chairman and Full Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Georgia State University, a Rehabilitation Counselor, Director of State Programs for the Mentally Retarded, and President of a national criminal justice consulting firm. He received a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. He has participated in Post-Doctoral work at Harvard University.

Focus Area: Power, Violence, and Peace

March 7, Talking with Young Children About Race, @Columbia City Church of Hope.

Talking to young children about race is never easy. It is, however, essential in our increasingly diverse society. Join us as we discuss how to address issues of race in our families. There will be child care provided that includes a lesson plan focused on race and diversity. The lesson plan is designed for preschool aged children.

The adult program will include information about child development and help for how to make the complex issues that accompany race accessible and understandable for children. We will also be joined by Chad Goller-Sojourner, who is Seattle-based writer, storyteller, and solo-performer. His work uses humor to focus on the social, political and historical dimensions of multi-identity construction and intersectionality. As a transracial adoptee, Chad will help us explore race from that perspective.

(co-sponsored with Columbia City Church of Hope)

Tickets are $20/family. However, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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

$10 General Admission, $6.50 student.

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?

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.


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

jwhportrait1July 29-30, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Reconstructing   America: The Moral Center of Today’s Freedom Struggles, $10.

July 29: Training with campus pastors

July 30: Private Micro-Community dialogue

July 30 Public Talk. Ticket info soon.


Past presenters at The Well include:


*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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