The Well – About & Schedule

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

About:

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

Pic-promo-Ian-Morgan-Cron-2013-copy1September 10, 2014, 7 PM. Ian Morgan Cron on St. Francis, Pilgrimage, and Letting Go/Exile, Pilgrim, Homecoming w St. Francis as Guide. $10.


Author and priest Ian Morgan Cron will be at The Well to discuss the spiritual experiences of living in exile, being a pilgrim, and finding spiritual homecoming.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Sister Helen Prejean, October 13, 2014, 7 PM. Power, Justice, Grace, and the Death Penalty.

Tickets $15.

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.

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Past presenters at The Well include:
(2014)
* 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)
(2013)
* 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)

(2012)
* 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.

      Peace
      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!
    Best,
    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?
      Peace
      Katie

  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.

    Thanks.
    Karl

  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:

    Katie,
    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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