“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
2014 – “Spiritual Identity, Multifaith World”
January 8, Rafe Pearlman and Guests.
$15 thru Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, check out the facebook page. An intimate night with spiritual performer Rafe Pearlman and his guests Michael Miracle on field organ/piano and Tor Dietrichson on tablas/percussion.
January 12, 2014, Young Adult Interfaith Conference (at St. Mark’s Cathedral) – ”Many Faiths, Humanity: Unity in Diversity”, $12 thru Brown Paper Tickets, Keynote by Susannah Heschel, Ph.D.
January 25, Majora Carter, “Idea to Reality,” 2-6 PM. $85, $40 student fee.
A stepped approach to managing your vision, this workshop features MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Majora Carter, whose work is transforming neighborhoods and cities across the country. This workshop is designed for people engaged in community change, urban planning, not-for-profit leadership, greening efforts, and poverty alleviation. Here is your link for tickets! Join us.
Mandala Workshop: Finding Spiritual Identity with heart with Julia Weaver, February 11, 6:30-9 PM
Mandala means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. Mandalas are visionary tools for meditation in many cultures. You are invited to effortlessly manifest your own radiant mandala through meditation, movement, ritual, sacred sound, and simple drawing techniques. Your leader for this journey is Julia Weaver, MFT, BFA, CMT, who will be traveling to Seattle from her home in California to join us for this workshop. She has been offering mandala workshops since 1996. This event is co-sponsored by BeguineAgain, an online community of people who are slowing down and beginning again through spiritual practices in context. For more information about Julia Weaver and her work, please visit her website. As always, no one is turned away for inability to pay, please email if you need scholarship assistance.
February 18, 2014 Brian McLaren, 7 PM. “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.” Tickets: $8 (student), $10 (before Jan 21), $12 (Jan-Feb 18), $15 at the door.
A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and many other print media.
Join a small group in reading and discussing ”Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.” Please email us at office (at) qaumc (dot) org if you would like to read and discuss the book with others.
February 25, Peter Jabin and Darcy Marlow, “Original Face: Spirituality & Creativity in the Pursuit of Wholeness,” 7:00-9:00 PM. Tickets $20. All are welcome. If you need scholarship assistance, please contact us.
The famous Zen koan asks “What was your original face before you were born?” This question is meant to confound the ego and open us to an experience of the deeper Self. You are invited to join Peter Jabin and Darcy Marlow for a free workshop designed to open an exploration of your original and most authentic self. Through discussion, meditation and creative expression, we will provide a safe and thought provoking forum for self-discovery.
SOLD OUT. March 8, Dr. Cornel West, “Heschel and Peace: A Dream for All Faiths,” 7 :00 PM. Dr. Cornel West is one of America’s leading public philosophers. He will be speaking about one of America’s leading rabbis from the 20th Century. Abraham Joshua Heschel embodied a life dedicate to peace and reconciliation. Whether writing about Sabbath or marching with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabbi Heschel became known as a Jewish thinker whose ideas, while integral for Jewish life, often transcended Judaism to become instructional for people of all creeds.
March 12, Dr. Susannah Heschel, “Abraham Joshua Heschel & Interfaith Relationships: Complicated Past, Important Future,” 7:00 PM. Tickets: $10 before March 1; $12.50 after March 1; $15 at the door. If you need scholarship assistance, please let us know.
Dr. Heschel’s scholarship draws from the legacy of her father Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel’s work in interfaith relationships. She teaches Jewish studies at Dartmouth College, and her area of concentration is on Jewish-Christian relationships during the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently writing a book on European Jewish scholarship on Islam (1830-1930).
She will speak to Christian-Jewish-Muslim relationships, and how particularity deeply affects how people view the other within each group. We hope you join us.
March 30, Frank Schaefer, “Integrity in the Face of Oppression: Witness to Love with the LGBTQI Communities,” 4 PM.
March 29, Open House Coffee with Frank Schaefer for United Methodists @ Woodland Park United Methodist Church (302 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103).
March 30, Preaching @ QAUMC, 10 AM service.
Frank Schaefer was defrocked in December of 2013 for performing his son’s same sex wedding several years ago. 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.
Past presenters at The Well include:
* 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)