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"Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity"
Bio: Over twenty-five years as a journalist, Katherine Boo has established herself as a fearless, honest writer dedicated to telling the stories of the poor and disadvantaged on the pages of our most esteemed publications. A staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for the Washington Post, she learned to report at the alternative weekly, Washington City Paper, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of the Washington Monthly magazine. Over the years, her reporting from disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.
Boo continues her quest to give voice to those without one in her New York Times bestselling book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. A landmark work of narrative nonfiction, it tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the world’s great, unequal cities: Mumbai, India. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, Boo illuminates a bewildering age of global change and inequality.
The book details life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport and its residents, who are electric with hope of a prosperous future. The narrative follows key residents: Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, who sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away; Asha, a woman of formidable wit who has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption; and her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—who is expected to become its first female college graduate. Even the poorest Annawadians believe they are inching closer to the good lives and times they call “the full enjoy.”
But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.
Boo lives with her husband between New York City, India and London, and continues to stay in close contact with the residents of Annawadi.
For more information, please visit www.behindthebeautifulforevers.com.
"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"
Bio: Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, spent 15 years interviewing more than 1,200 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns, her award-winning work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of three people who made the decision of their lives in what came to be known as the Great Migration.
Toni Morrison calls the book “profound, necessary, and a delight to read.” Tom Brokaw praises it as “an epic for all Americans who want to understand the making of our modern nation.” Reviewers have acclaimed it as ”a massive and masterly account” (The New York Times Book Review); “a deeply affecting, finely crafted and heroic book” (The New Yorker); ”a brilliant and stirring epic” (The Wall Street Journal).
Wilkerson is a gifted and passionate speaker who has addressed the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs and 20th Century history at universities across the country and in Europe. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, PBS’s Charlie Rose, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NBC’s Nightly News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and others.
She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University. She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.
Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism. She won for her pieces on the rural heartache of the Midwest floods and her profile of a ten–year–old boy growing up with a man’s obligations on the South Side of Chicago. Wilkerson also won a George Polk Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her research into the Great Migration, and she was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.
The Great Migration, the focus of her book, was one of the biggest underreported stories of the 20th Century. It lasted from 1915 to 1970, involved six million people and was one of the largest internal migrations in U.S. history. It changed the country, North and South. It brought us John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Bill Russell, Motown, Denzel Washington, Michelle Obama — all children or grandchildren of the Great Migration. It changed the cultural and political landscape of the United States, exerting pressure on the South to change and paving the way toward equal rights for the lowest caste people in the country. During the Great Migration, her own parents journeyed from Georgia and southern Virginia to Washington, D.C., where she was born and reared.
The Warmth of Other Suns became a New York Times and national bestseller. It won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Hillman Book Prize, the 2011 Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, the 2011 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, the Independent Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University, the NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Debut and was shortlisted for the 2011 Pen-Galbraith Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
It was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times‘ 10 Best Books of the Year, Amazon’s 5 Best Books of 2010 and Best of the Year lists in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Economist, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly and a dozen others.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Not since Alex Haley’s Roots has there been a history of equal literary quality where the writing surmounts the rhythmic soul of fiction, where the writer’s voice sings a song of redemptive glory as true as Faulkner’s southern cantatas.”
While researching her book, Wilkerson raced against the clock to reach as many original migrants as she could before it was too late. The result is what the judges of the Lynton History Prize, conferred by Columbia and Harvard Universities, described thusly:
“Wilkerson has created a brilliant and innovative paradox: the intimate epic. At its smallest scale, this towering work rests on a trio of unforgettable biographies, lives as humble as they were heroic… In different decades and for different reasons they headed north and west, along with millions of fellow travelers. . . In powerful, lyrical prose that combines the historian’s rigor with the novelist’s empathy, Wilkerson’s book changes our understanding of the Great Migration and indeed of the modern United States.”
In Alphabetical Order
"Seeing the World through Another's Eyes"
Bio: : Julia Anderson is a third generation Swedish American who has written for many formats, where "Through Christina’s Eyes" is her first book. An avid reader, Julia began her narrative non-fiction writing based on her life experiences and upon learning more about her great-grandmother’s life. Julia wants to share the stories of those who are unable to tell their own stories, for whatever reason. Her stories offer the world a glimpse into the challenges that others have bravely faced.
"Through Christina's Eyes" has received critical acclaim as an engrossingly intimate family portrait from Kirkus Reviews and in many other reviews. Julia has spoken at many events, including for women’s groups, genealogical societies, and signings of her book. She is an alumna of Seattle University’s MBA program and is currently at work on her next book.
"The Spirituality of Jesus"
Bio: Author of six books and over a hundred and eighty published essays, Paul Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University, where he has taught since 1989. A co-founder of the John, Jesus, and History Project (SBL), Anderson co-edited its first three volumes and a collection of essays in honor of Arthur Roberts. He also edited the Evangelical Friend and Quaker Religious Thought and is the New Testament Editor of the Biblical Interpretation Series for E.J. Brill. He is an Associate Editor of Theology and Religious Studies for Versita—Emerging Science Publishers and is co-editor of the Johannine Monograph Series for Wipf & Stock. His latest book, "Following Jesus," brings to bear his understanding of the spirituality of Jesus upon a radical understanding of Christian discipleship. One of his current projects takes that venture further, exploring the Jesus of history in the interest of seeking to know how his life and teachings make a difference in terms of transformative spirituality today.
As an expert on the New Testament, Anderson’s three books on the Gospel of John have established an original, overall theory for addressing key theological, historical, and literary perplexities that have puzzled Christian thinkers for the last two millennia. "The Christology of the Fourth Gospel" (3rd printing, Cascade Books, 2010) explores the character and origins of John’s theological tensions (the humanity/divinity of Jesus, the Father/Son relationship, John’s present/future eschatology, etc.); "The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus" (pb, Sainsbury, 2007) develops a bi-optic approach to John and the Synoptics, illuminating John’s contribution to the quest for Jesus; "The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel" (Fortress Press, 2011) provides a ground-breaking introduction to the Gospel of John, leading to understanding and interpreting well John’s perplexing features.
David Ash, MA Liturgical Music
"Grace on the Margins: The Making of a Social Justice Musical""
Bio: With a BA in English Literature and an MA in Liturgical Music, David Ash has the perfect background to compose lyrics, melodies and orchestrations for many liturgical settings. He has been a Music and/or Liturgy Director for several parishes in the Seattle Archdiocese and has composed, along with his wife Laura, three albums of liturgical music, a series of music for Advent Lessons and Carols, as well as songs published by Oregon Catholic Press and The Dancing Word.
David’s latest project was as co-composer with Laura of the musical “Grace on the Margins,” a social justice musical exploring the pressing issues of our time, for which he was also accompanist. This was David’s first time turning his talents to writing for “stage” as opposed to “church,” as well as working with 1600 women (that could be a novel in itself!). “Haiku for Catholics” is one of a dozen humorous gift books that David has published. He currently accompanies at Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue and is hard at work on a novel – TBA!
Join David, Laura and the team for an exciting encore performance of scenes from Grace on the Margins and a reflection on the creative process as a tool for social change.
"Grace on the Margins: The Making of a Social Justice Musical"
Bio:Laura is the Music Director at St. Patrick Parish in Seattle, a creative and dynamic position she has held for over 20 years. Laura, in collaboration with her husband David, has composed three albums of liturgical music, a series of Advent Lessons and Carols, and scores of other liturgical songs and psalms. The Ashes also have songs published with Oregon Catholic Press and have composed musical scores for many dance/drama offerings of The Dancing Word with Betsey Beckman. Laura also brings her beautiful Soprano voice to the Seattle Symphony Chorale.
Laura’s latest project was as Music Director and co-composer of “Grace on the Margins,” a social justice musical produced by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. The Ashes wrote lyrics, melodies, harmonies and instrumental parts to break open the journey of Grace, a young woman who faces some of the most the pressing issues of our time, and who is led to discover grace on the margins. Laura also directed the show’s chorus and orchestra. The Ash family collaboration continues as their son, Benjamin (music major at NYU) has transcribed the score to support the musical’s journey to other stages and communities.
Join Laura, David, and the team for an exciting encore performance of scenes from “Grace on the Margins” and a reflection on the creative process as a tool for social change.
Bio: Betsey Beckman, MM is a liturgical movement artist, storyteller, author, and retreat leader based in Seattle. With her extensive background in performance, choreography and InterPlay, she regularly appears as artist/presenter at national conventions as well as at her home parish, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She is the co-author of "Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction" and the producer of the "The Dancing Word" DVD series, offering StoryDance meditations on women in scripture.
Betsey has long been involved with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center designing ritual performances for the Northwest Women’s Convocations. When offered the chance to help create a new musical to explore women’s spirituality and social justice issues, she gladly jumped on board. For "Grace on the Margins," Betsey’s roles included choreographing, dancing the role of Hildegard of Bingen, lending her hand as lyricist, and producing the DVD. Working alongside Julie Beckman, her sister, as director of the piece was a welcome professional collaboration after many years of supporting each other in their related fields.
Join us for an exciting encore performance of scenes from "Grace on the Margins" and a reflection on the creative process as a tool for social change.
Bio: Julie Beckman believes in the power of theatre to transform lives. She has worked as a freelance theatre director, adapter and educator for thirty years, and brought her passion for storytelling and creative collaboration to the process of co-writing and directing “Grace on the Margins.” Having directed her sister Betsey Beckman in several videos for “The Dancing Word,” they again joined forces in the creation of this live social justice musical.
Other directing projects include Lanford Wilson’s “5th of July,” which was the inaugural production for Seattle’s Theatre 22, “The Bells” with Strawberry Theatre Workshop which received three 2012 Seattle Times Footlight Awards (Top Play Production, Outstanding Acting, and Design Magic) and “The Elephant Man,” also with Strawshop, which received four nominations in the 2009 Seattle Gregory Awards.
Her adaptations include “Jane Eyre,” “Hard Times,” “Waxwings,” “Great Expectations,” and “The Bunner Sisters.” She has directed for Our American Theatre Company, Stone Soup Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Seattle Public Theatre, 14/48 (The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival), the Young Playwrights’ Festival at ACT, the Sandbox One Act Play Festival, the University of Washington, Cornish College, and the Seattle Waldorf School. Her work has also been seen in Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, St. Louis, and in Winnipeg at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and a BA from Georgetown University.
"Reflections on Immigration, History, and Community Formation in the Pacific NW" (Co-Presented with Nalini Iyer)
Bio:Amy Bhatt is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program, and an advisory board member of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed her B.A. from Emory University and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington's Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the effects of migration on gender and families, transnational community formation and South Asian Diasporas. She is the co-author of "Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest" with Nalini Iyer, which was published by the University of Washington Press in 2013 and served as the oral historian for the University of Washington Libraries' South Asian Oral History Project from 2006-2011. She has also written for Little India, The Huffington Post, India Abroad, and The Root, and has worked on gender policy and advocacy issues in Washington, DC and Seattle. She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation research entitled "At Home in Globalization: Social Reproduction, Transnational Migration, and the Circulating Indian Household," which is a cultural study of how Indian workers negotiate family, friendship, love and national belonging in the context of short-term migration. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband Kevin Bromer.
"Grace on the Margins: The Making of a Social Justice Musical"
Bio:Lisa Branham considers herself the luckiest gal in town to have the opportunity to reprise the lead role of Grace, an engaging “everywoman” character whose Search for Meaning is in turns poignant, painful, playful and empowering. Lisa holds the journey of "Grace on the Margins" close to her heart, with challenging content covering some of her most passionate concerns, and the special bonus of working under the deft direction of Julie Beckman.
Other favorite lead musical roles include Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha," Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof," and Rosie Alverez in "Bye Bye Birdie." Lisa has performed in Seattle area theaters such as Seattle Public Theater, Theater Schmeater, Annex Theater, Seattle Musical Theater, and in 14/48: World’s Quickest Theater Festival. But her new favorite role of all is Grandma to new grandson, Hank, who is the apple of her eye.
"How the Marines of WWII Encourage You to do Wonderful Things With Your Life"
Bio:Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 books. Notable works include “A Company of Heroes,” "Shifty’s War,” “Voices of the Pacific,” and “We Who Are Alive and Remain,” a New York Times bestseller.
"Facing Globalization: When the Big-Box Economy Comes to Small-Town Mexico"
Bio: Wendy Call has served as Writer in Residence at twenty institutions, including five national parks, four universities, two visual art centers, two high schools, a historical archive, and a public hospital. She was Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence at Seattle University in 2009. She co-edited "Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide" (Penguin, 2007) and her book "No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy" (Nebraska, 2011) won Grub Street’s National Book Prize for Nonfiction. Her current projects -- writing about national parks and translating indigenous Mexican poetry -- have been supported by 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, and the Seattle CityArtist Program. She teaches in Goddard College’s BFA program and lives in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.
"Questioning for Purpose: A Workshop on Career & Life Change Discernment"
Bio: Colette M. Casavant is entering her seventh year with the Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, where she is the Student Community and Admissions Coordinator. She holds a Master of Arts in pastoral studies from the School of Theology and Ministry and is a doctoral student with an emphasis in higher education and student development.
"A Costly Grace: Learning from Kurt Cobain"
Bio:Dr. Don H. Compier is Dean of Community of Christ Seminary, Graceland University. Dr. Compier has published several books, including "Listening to Popular Music" (Fortress Press, 2013), selected for inclusion in the “Best Books in Theology” catalog of the Association of Theological Booksellers, and a co-edited volume, "Empire and the Christian Tradition" (Fortress Press, 2007), which was named the Best Reference Book of the year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He has been a member of the select Workgroup on Constructive Christian Theology since 2000. His current research focuses on the widespread apocalyptic dread in contemporary US culture.
A passionate world citizen, Dean Compier has offered workshops and consulted with theological educators in many nations, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, and French Polynesia. He is very committed to ecumenism. In September 2011 he was invited to speak at the meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA in Quito, Ecuador. Don attended primary schools in the Netherlands and regularly visits his family there. He has been married to Yolanda Santos of Mexico City, a translator, for thirty years. Their daughter Nancy teaches high school Spanish and French.Links:
"Pilgrim Mystic: Relentless Quest of the Human Spirit"
Bio: : Paul Coutinho is a recognized international scholar and speaker who blends Eastern Spirituality and psychology. He leads regular workshops and retreats that respond to the heart's relentless quest for the Divine and a desire to live the fullness of life. He has done doctoral studies in Psychology and has a doctorate in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University. Paul is the author of several books, including his latest, "Sacred Darkness: Encountering Divine Love in Life's Darkest Places."
"The Concept of God, Just War Theory, and Pacifism"
Bio:Daniel A. Dombrowski is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. He is the author of seventeen books and over a hundred articles in scholarly journals in philosophy, theology, classics, and literature. His latest books are “Rethinking the Ontological Argument: A Neoclassical Theistic Perspective” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); “Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); and “Rawlsian Reflections in Religion and Applied Philosophy” (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011). His main areas of intellectual interest are history of philosophy, philosophy of religion (from a neoclassical or process perspective), and ethics (especially animal rights issues). He is the Editor of the journal Process Studies.
"Encountering Irreconcilable Differences: The Real Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue" (Co-Presented with Don Mackenzie and Jamal Rahman)"
Bio: Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom, warmth, and humor to audiences in the US, Canada, Israel-Palestine and Japan. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration to the major social and economic issues of our time.
Their first book, "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith" (2009), brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention, including coverage by the New York Times, CBS News, and various NPR programs. Their second book, "Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith," was published in October 2011.
Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, spiritual guide, author, teacher and therapist, has taught Jewish traditions of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality since the 1970s. Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology and in 1976, founded the first meditative Reform congregation. He moved to Seattle in 1993, where he also founded a meditative synagogue. He is the author of "A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life" and co-author, with David Blatner, of "Judaism For Dummies." Scholar-in-Residence at Unity of Bellevue in 2010 and 2011, he has a private spiritual counseling practice.
"Lovescapes, Mapping the Geography of Love: An Invitation to the Love-Centered Life"
Bio: Duncan S. Ferguson has served many years in church-related higher education. He was chaplain, professor, and senior administrator at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA; professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage; senior officer for mission in higher education for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, KY; and professor and Director of the Center for Spiritual Life at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He now lives in Freeland, WA on Whidbey Island with his wife Dorothy and is engaged in teaching, writing, and consulting.
His most recent book (2012) is titled "Lovescapes: Mapping the Geography of Love: An Invitation to the Love-Centered Life", published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Duncan has had a deep interest in international peace and justice and has traveled extensively in many parts of the world. He is currently serving on the Boards of Pilgrims of Ibillin, an American based organization committed to education in Israel/Palestine, and served for several years on the Board of the Friends of Forman Christian College, an American based Board that supports an excellent small university Lahore, Pakistan. He has served regionally in a variety of ways including membership on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of North Puget Sound Presbytery and is providing leadership to an initiative in community education on South Whidbey.
"Life in Oz: Faith, Illness and Vulnerability"
Bio: Nora Gallagher is the best-selling author of the forthcoming "Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic" and two other memoirs: "Things Seen and Unseen" and "Practicing Resurrection." "Practicing Resurrection" was a finalist for the Beliefnet Book of the Year award. “Things Seen and Unseen” was a bestseller. Her memoirs are in the tradition of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: the daily living out of faith and doubt rather than abstract "belief." She is also the author of the acclaimed novel "Changing Light." "Changing Light" received outstanding reviews in the New York Times (where it was also an Editor’s Choice), the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe among others and was a Borders Books Original Voices pick.
In her new memoir, "Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic," Nora draws on her experience after she was told she might go blind. With this news, and the search for a diagnosis and treatment, her once busy and fast-moving life tunneled into a quieter country she calls Oz: unfamiliar, slower, deeply rooted in uncertainty and vulnerability. "Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic," written as Gallagher was still recovering, is a moving meditation on serious illness, what helped her through and what didn’t, why a wall exists between the sick and the healthy, and what can take it down partway. It is also a testament of modern faith—accepting of both science and intellect—and a hard-won revelation of what lies at the heart of ordinary suffering.
Her essays, book reviews, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. She is also the editor of the award-winning "Notes from the Field," a collection of literary essays about the outdoors. She has received fellowships at both the MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center. A sermon is collected in "Sermons that Work" (Morehouse Publishing, March 2003) and a poem in the anthology, "September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond."
She is preacher-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara. She lives with her husband, the novelist and poet Vincent Stanley, in Santa Barbara and in New York.
Bio: Linda Haydock, SNJM is the Executive Director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. With the conviction that the arts are the most effective way to touch hearts and elicit positive change in the world, she commissioned a team of local artists to create a new musical, "Grace on the Margins." Under Linda’s guidance, the ten-person team wrote the script collaboratively to address some of the most pressing issue of our time including environmental degradation, human trafficking, violence, women in the church, and interfaith dialogue. Linda produced the Musical as part of the 2013 Northwest Women’s Convocation for an audience of 1,600 conference attendees. Her vision is that the script can now be taken up by other communities for empowering women in ministries of social change.
The story goes like this: searching for meaning as a woman in the church, and confronted with the challenges of a people and planet in peril, Grace's cries for help are answered by Hildegard of Bingen, Joan of Arc, Sojourner Truth and Our Lady of Guadalupe, who lead her on a journey of the heart to experience grace on the margins. Join us for an encore performance of scenes from the musical and a reflection by team members on the arts and spirituality as agents of social change.
Authors: Laura & David Ash, Maria Batayola, Betsey Beckman, Julie Beckman, Judy Byron, OP, Ellen Cooper, Linda Haydock, SNJM, Chris Matthias, and April Sotura.
"Children's Books & the Greater Good"
Bio: Ingrid Hess is an illustrator, graphic designer and educator. The simplicity in her work is heavily influenced by her Amish/Mennonite heritage; the bright colors and patterns are inspired by art from Costa Rica (her childhood home for four years). Ingrid holds an MFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in the book arts and has worked in the publishing industry since 1996.
Her dual passions of design and illustration work well together and help her tell stories through pictures. Her research focuses on economic justice as a way to bring peace to the world and empowers kids to understand that they can make a difference. Ingrid also understands how critical it is that all types of children are represented in the books they read. Historically children’s books have not done a good job depicting diversity. This problem is slowly beginning to change. Ingrid is part of this change.
"The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" (Co-Presented with Brenda Miller)
Bio: Holly J. Hughes is coauthor with Brenda Miller of "The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" (Skinner House Press, 2012), editor of the award-winning anthology "Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease" (Kent State University Press, 2009), and author of the prize-winning chapbook "Boxing the Compass" (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). "Sailing by Ravens" is forthcoming from University of Alaska Press in February 2014. A recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship (2012), her poems and essays have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines and have been nominated for Pushcart prizes. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University's MFA program, she teaches writing at Edmonds Community College and regional conferences including Edmonds Write on the Sound, Field's End, and Fishtrap. She has spent over thirty summers working on the water in Southeast Alaska, most recently as a naturalist on ships.Links:
"The Art of Pondering: Playing your way to Passion and Presence"
Bio: Kayce Stevens Hughlett, MA - ponderer extraordinaire, life muse, speaker, joy monger, author. Kayce is a soulful and spirited woman. In her roles as spiritual director, life coach, author, creative muse, and speaker, she invites us to playfully and fearlessly cross the thresholds toward authentic living. A strong proponent of compassionate care in the world, Kayce's live and online work focuses on the principle that we must live it to give it.
Her early career began with a multi-national accounting firm to be later refined as the path of an artist. She delights in walking alongside others as they explore and unearth their own pathways toward passionate living. Kayce is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach, a licensed mental health counselor as well as a published author and contributor to several collections and online publications. Her 2012 book, "As I Lay Pondering: daily invitations to live a transformed life," is a lyrical and lucid treasure that invites us to new awakenings throughout the year.
"Reflections on Immigration, History, and Community Formation in the Pacific NW" (Co-Presented with Amy Bhatt)
Bio: Nalini Iyer is Professor of English at Seattle University and currently also serves as Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Originally from India, she received her PhD in English from Purdue University. She teaches courses in postcolonial studies, women and gender studies, and South Asian and African literatures. Her publications include articles in journals such as ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures, South Asian Review, and Pakistan Journal of Women Studies. She is co-editor (with Bonnie Zare) of "Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India" (Rodopi, 2009) and co-author (with Amy Bhatt) of "Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest" (University of Washington Press, 2013). She also reviews South Asian fiction regularly for The International Examiner. She lives in Kirkland, WA, with her husband, Ganesh, and two daughters.
"The Urgent Story: When Facts Must Be Told As Fiction"
Bio: Sonora Jha, PhD, was born in India and she had a successful career as a journalist in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Singapore before moving to the United States to earn a PhD in Political Communication. She is now Associate Professor of Journalism at Seattle University. Dr. Jha's academic research and scholarship is widely published in top-tier journals in her discipline. Her first novel, "Foreign," published by Random House, has met with critical and popular success. The novel combines her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer. Sonora lives in Seattle.
"Falling into faith…. Finding God when you least expect it"
Bio: Veteran network news correspondent Hattie Kauffman is the author of “Falling Into Place,” the griping story of a Native American woman who thought she'd left her childhood ghosts behind… until she’s forced to face all that she's been running from and to finally rely on God. Though raised in astonishing poverty in Seattle’s housing projects, Kauffman reached the height of success, first as an anchorwoman on KING 5 News and then as a national network news correspondent. In two decades of reporting for CBS News, she covered many of the major stories in the country... from the Oklahoma City bombing to the trial of Michael Jackson to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has interviewed heads of state, Oscar winners and Olympic athletes. In 1989, while working for ABC, Kauffman became the first Native American to ever file a report on a network evening news broadcast… an achievement the ‘skinny kid from Seattle’ would never have expected.
"Wrestling with the Word: Midrash as a Tool for Meaning"
Bio: Kathleen originally created "Sisters in Scripture" as a bible study for the parish where she was serving as pastoral associate. Later published by Paulist Press, "Sisters" went national and Kathleen has since created several follow-up studies. One of the tools she incorporates into all her studies is the Jewish rabbinical tool of Midrash. Having seen first-hand how this brings the scriptures alive for people, she is anxious to share how midrash engages the creative imagination and helps readers discover new meaning within God's Word. Kathleen has her MDiv from Seattle University where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. After 25 years of ministry as a pastoral associate, she now works full time as a writer and speaker, creating and leading retreats, presenting workshops, and teaching.Links:
"Jewish-Christian Relations: How can we face the tough issues and still stay together?"
Bio: The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, an internationally-recognized scholar and leader in the ecumenical movement, is the Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. He is the immediate-past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and has also served as General Secretary of the Consultation on Church Union and as Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Order.
Dr. Kinnamon has been a seminary professor for more than 25 years, also serving as Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary from 1988-98. He has lectured and preached on ecumenical themes across the U.S. and in numerous countries overseas, especially in India and the Middle East. His many writings in the field of ecumenical studies include "The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished By Its Friends" (2003), "The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices," a new edition of which is scheduled for publication in 2013, and "Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism," also due out in 2013.
Dr. Kinnamon's Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1980) in the field of Religion and Literature. He has been named the Divinity School's Alumnus of the Year for 2013. He holds ordained ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been active in the mission and ministries of that denomination and a frequent speaker at Disciples events. His most recent book on the church (with Jan Linn) is "Disciples: Reclaiming Our Identity, Reforming Our Practice" (2009). He is married to Mardine Davis, an art consultant, and has two grown daughters.\
Bio: Called a "brilliant and spirited theologian" by author Phyllis Tickle, Jack Levison is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post and a regular contributor to Patheos, the world's largest independent site for conversations on religion. Jack is an internationally recognized author whose books, including “Inspired: the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith” and “Fresh Air: the Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life,” have received wide acclaim. Eugene Peterson, author of “The Message,” considers him "the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known." Jack has received grants from the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Fellows Program, the Louisville Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the International Catacomb Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He directs an international research project, The Historical Roots of the Holy Spirit, and is founding editor of a new book series, Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. He currently serves as president of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.
"Draw It Out: Providing Hope and Healing for Children Facing Loss"
Bio: Founder/Executive Director Steffanie Lorig left her successful and award-winning design career to become the founding director of Art with Heart in order to focus her talents and heart on helping children in crisis. Before doing this, she enjoyed designing for clients such as Microsoft, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Harcourt, Nordstrom’s and others. She is the visionary and author or co-author of Art with Heart’s therapeutic books for kids: "Oodles of Doodles," "Chill & Spill," "Magnificent Marvelous Me," "Ink About It" and "Draw It Out." She co-wrote a children’s picture book with her husband entitled "Such a Silly Baby" (Chronicle). She enjoys bettering the world – one child at a time. Art with Heart helps kids through the healing power of creativity.
Art with Heart creates and distributes therapeutic books and programs as well as supportive trainings to help children dealing with the stress and strain of unbearable hardship. The therapeutic books combine engaging art with therapies that help kids cope with overwhelming feelings even in the midst of a crisis. In this way, Art with Heart supports their emotional and social growth, paving the way for success in school and in life.
"Encountering Irreconcilable Differences: The Real Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue" (Co-Presented with Jamal Rahman and Ted Falcon)
Their first book, "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith" (2009), brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention, including coverage by the New York Times, CBS News, and various NPR programs. Their second book, "Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith," was published in October 2011.
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Ph.D., is devoting himself to interfaith work after retiring as Minister and Head of Staff of University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Previously, he served congregations in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Princeton, New Jersey. Ordained in 1970, he is a graduate of Macalester College, Princeton Theological Seminary and New York University. His interest in interfaith work began while a student at Macalester and continued while living and teaching in Sidon, Lebanon, in the year prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. His country music band, Life’s Other Side, recorded the sound track for the documentary film Family Name, and has sung at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.Links:
Bio: Marine Madesclaire is excited to visit the world of Grace once again in her trusty roller skates. As a native French speaker, Marine brought a special “je ne sais quoi” to the role of the passionate and playful Joan of Arc, and quickly became one of the most beloved characters of the show. Marine graduated in 2012 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre. Her favorite previous roles include Rosa from "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and Sally from "A Lie of The Mind."
"A Pox on Both Your Houses: Moving Beyond 'Conservative' and Liberal' Labels in American Catholicism"
Bio: Fr. Mark Massa, SJ, is Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and professor of Church History at Boston College. He is well-known as an historian of American Catholicism in the post-WWII era, and publishes widely in scholarly and popular journals. He is the author of “Catholics in American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team” (which won the AJCU / Alpha Sigma Nu Award for Outstanding Work in Theology); “Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice?;” and “The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever.” A scholar of the Catholic intellectual tradition, he delivered the keynote address at the third annual Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference.
"Saved by Beauty: An artist’s looks at the life of Dorothy Day"
Bio: Bro. Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, is an artist, author, speaker, and story-teller who lives and works in Camden, NJ, but gives presentations and retreats on the healing power of art throughout the United States and Canada. Because he takes whimsy very seriously, his presentations are a unique blend of humor (maybe a little irreverent sometimes) and the holy. He has created art for most of today’s leading Catholic publishers. In 2013, his book, "Saved By Beauty," (World Library Publications) won two first place awards: one from the Catholic Press Association and one from the Association of Catholic Publishers.
"Faith in the Streets: When God has Left the Building"
Bio: Sara Miles is the author of "Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion," "Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead," and "City of God." She works as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco and is the founder and director of The Food Pantry.
"The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" (Co-Presented with Holly Hughes)
Bio: Brenda Miller is the author of three essay collections: "Listening Against the Stone" (Skinner House Books, 2011), "Blessing of the Animals" (Eastern Washington University Press, 2009), and "Season of the Body" (Sarabande Books, 2002). She has also co-authored "Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction" (McGraw Hill 2012) and "The Pen and Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" (Skinner House Books, 2012). Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review.
"Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation: Resisting Structural Evil"
Bio: Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, and many states in North America in theology and ethics. She has served as Director of the Washington, D.C. office of Augsburg College's Center for Global Education; and as a health worker in Honduras. Moe-Lobeda is author of "Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God" (Fortress, 2002), "Public Church: For the Life of the World" (Fortress, 2004), "Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation" (Fortress, 2013), and numerous articles and chapters. She is co-author of "Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God" (Orbis, 1993), "Say to this Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship" (Orbis, 1996), and "The Bible and Ethics: A New Conversation" (Fortress, forthcoming 2013). Moe-Lobeda is on the faculty of Seattle University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Environmental Studies Program, and graduate School of Theology and Ministry. She holds a doctoral degree in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University.
"Developmental Strategies for Liberation, Skills for Social Change"
Bio: Leticia is a psychotherapist and educator specializing in cross-cultural communication, motivation and creativity. Her book, “Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone,” is an accessible analysis of the psychological dynamics of oppression and privilege that offers readers ways to develop skills to promote social justice.
Leticia brings an innovative approach to her training and facilitation, drawing on expressive techniques to involve participants deeply and create opportunities for insight and change. Over the past decades she has successfully brought her skills to higher education and other learning communities, to service providers in helping agencies, to workplace teams, and to many community groups. Leticia is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin's University. In addition to her degrees in clinical psychology and human development, she is skilled in Action Methods, including Playback Theater and Theater of the Oppressed. She is a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama.
"The 2700 Priests of Dachau"
Bio: Bill O'Malley spent 22 years teaching English and theology and directing plays with students and parents at McQuaid. In 1974, he appeared in a somewhat successful horror film. On his first sabbatical, he studied scripture at Berkeley and theater at the Public Theater in New York. Summers, he taught teachers at LeMoyne and LMU, gave 72 talks in six weeks in Sidney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the outback, and later 40 talks in three weeks in Western Australia. On a second sabbatical, he taught theology a semester each at Georgetown and Boston College. He was next seconded for 24 years to teach at Fordham Prep and the university evening school, also directing plays and musicals and counseling in the college dorms. He taught a semester at Stonyhurst College, England.
He has won four Best Article Awards and one Best Book Award from the Catholic Press Association, the Dinger Award for promotion nationally of the religious dimension of Catholic schools, the Theatre Legacy Award from the Rochester Merchants Association, and induction into the halls of fame of Canisius, McQuaid, and Brooklyn Prep. In 2007, LeMoyne College awarded him an honorary doctorate. So far, he has published 38 books and over 100 articles (he types a lot) and directed 99 plays and musicals. His most recent is a novel, "The Place Called Skull," about the 2,700 priests interned in the Dachau concentration camp. “Then, like Abraham - but five years older, he heard Dean Jodi Kelly at Matteo Ricci call, "Hey, old man! How about we start over? Better this time."
"Politics and Rights in a Modern Islamic Republic"
Bio: Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program. She holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University. Her book, “The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran” (Princeton University Press, 2009), analyzes the politicization of 'rights talk' and women’s subjectivities in post-revolutionary Iran.
She is currently working on a new project that considers the Islamic mandate of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy in Iran’s criminal sanctioning system, jurisprudential scholarship, and everyday acts among pious Muslims. Formerly an immigration and asylum/refugee attorney, Osanloo conducts research and teaches courses focusing on the intersection of law and culture, including human rights, refugee rights and identity, and women’s rights in Muslim societies. Her geographical focus is on the Middle East, especially Iran. She has published in numerous edited volumes academic journals, including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, and Iranian Studies.
"Connecting Spirituality and Justice"
Bio: The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, one of the first women to be appointed the permanent head of an accredited theological school, has been President of Starr King School for the Ministry (Unitarian Universalist) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley since 1990 and Professor of Theology since 2001. An ordained United Methodist minister who holds dual fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, her publications include "A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century," co-authored with John Buehrens (Beacon, 2010); "Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire," co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock (Beacon, 2008; Canterbury, 2012); "Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now," (Skinner House Books, 2006), and "Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us," co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock (Beacon, 2001).
"Character and the 7 Deadly Sins: Creating Emotionally Resonant Characters"
Bio: Rosanne Parry's novels "Heart of a Shepherd," "Second Fiddle," and "Written in Stone" have won numerous awards including the best book of the year lists from the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews and The Horn Book. Her work has been honored by the Junior Library Guild, the Church and Synagogue Library Association, the Women's National Book Association, and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. She has given workshops at the National Council of Teachers of English, Wordstock, Willamette Writers conference, SCBWI, PNBA, OCTE and OSLA. She teaches online at The Loft Literary Center out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rosanne lives in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon where she and her husband are raising four children, three chickens, and five kinds of fruit. Her summer office is a treehouse.
"La Predicacion y los Pobres” (“Preaching and the Poor")
Esta sesión será en Español (SESSION PRESENTED IN SPANISH)
Bio: Vicente Pastro ha sido párroco de la parroquia de El Espíritu Santo desde 2006. Es presbítero por muchos años de la Arquidiócesis de Seattle y asociado de las Hermanas Dominicas de Tacoma. Sus intereses teologicas-ministerias son la predicación (D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO), la teología latinoamericana, y los estudios Bonhoeffer. Sirvió como presbítero por cinco años, como Asociado de Maryknoll, en Lima, Perú, y ha tenido muchos años de experiencia pastoral con los(las) inmigrantes Mexicanos(as) y Latinos(as).
Vincent Pastro has been pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Kent, WA, since 2006. He is a long-time presbyter of the Archdiocese of Seattle and an associate of the Tacoma Dominican Sisters. His theological-ministerial interests are preaching (D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO), Latin American theology, and Bonhoeffer studies. He served for five years in Lima, Perú, with the Maryknoll Associate Program, and has had many years of pastoral experience with Mexican undocumented immigrant communities.Links:
"When the Spirit Moves: A Guide for Ministers in Transition"
Bio: Marcia Patton is the first Executive Minister of Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, installed June of 2004. Marcia served as Associate Executive Minister with the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest for 13 years. She has over 20 years of experience in working with churches and pastors in transition. Along with Rev. Dr. Riley Walker, they have set forth in "As the Spirit Moves" a pathway for people to look at what they are doing and how they might make a decision for moving. Although written for the church setting, the principles set forth are easily understood for anyone considering a job change.
Marcia worked with the organizers of Evergreen Association, which is unique among American Baptists because it is organized around ethnic caucuses and does its work by consensus. Evergreen is serious about building bridges of relationship among its ethnically diverse churches, as well as in the American Baptist Churches family and beyond.
Marcia earned a Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and Masters of Arts in Religion (MAR) from Eastern Baptist (now known as Palmer) Theological Seminary. She was born in Western Pennsylvania and reared in southeastern Michigan. She earned her Bachelors at Michigan State University. She served as Associate Minister for churches in Hatboro, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah and Somerville, New Jersey. She was ordained at First Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Marcia currently serves as a trustee of American Baptist Seminary of the West and on the Board of Directors of American Baptist Homes of the West.
"Rediscovering Paul Tillich: How America's 'Most Dangerous Theologian' of the Twentieth Century Can Help Us Today"
Bio:Dr. Daniel Peterson teaches in the humanities for Seattle University’s Matteo Ricci College and for the university’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Author of "Tillich: A Brief Overview of the Life and Writings of Paul Tillich" (Lutheran University Press, 2013) and co-editor with Michael Zbaraschuk of "Resurrecting the Death of God" (State University Press of New York, forthcoming), Peterson has also published articles in the areas of historical, systematic, and philosophical theology. He earned his B.A. in English from Santa Clara University, his MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, his M.A. in theology from the University of San Francisco, and his PhD in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and lives in Seattle.
Considered at the height of his career to be “the most dangerous theologian alive” for challenging conventional notions of God, Paul Tillich (1886-1965) exercised a major influence on twentieth century American Christian thought. By the end of his life he had made the cover of Time magazine as America’s “premier” Protestant intellectual, his thought becoming the subject of hundreds of articles, books, and dissertations.
Yet for all his popularity at the time, Tillich was virtually forgotten by American audiences by the end of the twentieth century. In this brief talk, join Rev. Dr. Daniel Peterson of Seattle University as he makes the case for Tillich’s broader relevance again as a Christian author who can take us beyond the extremes of fundamentalist religion and empty skepticism to a deeper kind of faith open to doubt and questioning.
Bio: Joelle Pretty answered the calling of academic and vocational discernment over a dozen years ago while working with first generation and low-income students in TRiO Student Support Services to expand their realm of future possibilities. These amazing students (across several schools and multiple states) taught her that hard work and passion are essential for a meaningful life. Currently working with exploratory students in the Premajor Studies Program at Seattle University, Joelle focuses her energy on helping them realize their dreams. She also works to improve academic persistence for all students at Seattle University. As a previous attendee, Joelle is incredibly humbled by the opportunity to be part of the Search for Meaning Book Festival.
"Encountering Irreconcilable Differences: The Real Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue" (Co-Presented with Ted Falcon and Don Mackenzie)
Imam Jamal Rahman, M.A., is co-founder and Muslim Sufi Minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Originally from Bangladesh, he is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of California, Berkeley. He has a passion for interfaith work and travels often, teaching classes, workshops and retreats locally, nationally and internationally. He is available for interfaith weddings and ceremonies and, like Rabbi Ted, has a private spiritual counseling practice. His books include "The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam" and "Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources."
"FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most"
Bio: Mark Scandrette, an author, teacher and activist, is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice, based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, workshops and projects designed to help participants apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life. His books include "Soul Graffiti" (Jossey-Bass 2007), "FREE: Spending Your Time and Money On What Matters Most" (IVP 2013) and "Practicing the Way of Jesus" (InterVarsity Press 2011). He frequently speaks at universities, churches and conferences nationally and internationally and lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three children an old Victorian in San Francisco’s Mission District.
"Secrets and Survival at a Native American Boarding School"
Bio: Bev Sellars is Chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada. As a child and teenager, Sellars lived during the school year in a church-run boarding school for Native Americans, where she and fellow students were deprived of their families and cultural practices and forced to do physical labor, with many also suffering from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse inflicted by church authorities. Despite her tumultuous upbringing, Sellars went on to earn a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and serve as adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission. She was ﬁrst elected Chief in 1987 and has since spoken out on behalf of her community on racism, residential schools and the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.
In her first book, “They Called Me Number One,” Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended St. Joseph's Mission, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. She tells of hunger, forced labor, physical beatings, often with a leather strap, and also of the demand for conformity in a culturally alien institution where children were conﬁned, "civilized," and shamed for their failure to be both white and Roman Catholic.
St. Joseph’s mission is the site of the controversial and well-publicized sex-related oﬀences of Bishop Hubert O’Connor, which took place during Sellars’ student days, between 1962 and 1967, when O’Connor was the school principal. After the school’s closure, those who had been forced to attend came from surrounding reserves and smashed windows, tore doors and cabinets from the wall, and broke anything that could be broken. Overnight their anger turned a site of shameful memory into a pile of rubble.
In this frank and poignant memoir, Sellars breaks her silence about the institution’s lasting eﬀects, and eloquently articulates her own path to healing and personal growth.
Bio: April Leona Sotura is a local Seattle writer. She was drawn to the collaborative work of "Grace on the Margins" for the keen subject matter bringing together women’s issues, faith, and social justice. Her role in the creation of the play was as a weaver drawing together a handful of diverse scenes addressing pressing social justice issues of our time. With engaging warp and weft, April created the memorable characters and scenes for Grace, Hildegard, Joan of Arc, Sojourner Truth, and Our Lady of Guadalupe. When April is not writing, she works as a Vocal Coach and Presentation Consultant, helping individuals and organizations articulate and deliver their stories to the world.
Join April and the team for an exciting encore performance of scenes from "Grace on the Margins" and a reflection on the creative process as a tool for social change.
"Adapting Buddhist Meditation Practices to a Christian Spirituality"
Bio: Raised as a Catholic, Susan J. Stabile devoted 20 years of her life to practicing Buddhism and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun before returning to Catholicism in 2001. Susan is a spiritual director and retreat leader (trained in the Ignatian tradition) and spent several years as a member of the adjunct ministerial staff of a Jesuit retreat house in New York before moving to the Twin Cities in 2007. Susan is the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) School of Law, where she also serves as a fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership and of the Terrance J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy. She offers frequent retreats and other programs of spiritual formation for students, faculty, staff and alumni of the law school and other groups in the Twin Cities and beyond. Susan authors the blog “Creo en Diosi” (http://susanjoan.wordpress.com), on which she posts daily spiritual reflections and occasional podcasts. She is the author of several books and numerous articles in academic journals; "Growing in Love and Wisdom" is her first published non-legal book.
"Don’t Buy This Jacket: Commerce After the Age of Consumerism"
Bio: Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of “The Responsible Company,” has been with the company on and off since its start in 1973. As Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller, Vincent has helped develop its Responsible Economy campaign; the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He recently concluded an 18-month stint as the company’s acting vice president of marketing and communications. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He lives with his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, in Santa Barbara.
"Writing As Soulwork"
Bio: Mary Tuchscherer, MA, is the founder and CEO of VoiceFlame, a non-profit organization that is illuminating the voices of girls and women through writing and education. Since childhood Mary knew the key to her own self-empowerment was through the authentic use of her own voice. Her personal journey toward self-expression fueled her inspiration for shining the light on the creative potential of girls and women in the US and Malawi, Africa. Mary is passionate about teaching, mentoring, visioning and sharing the stories of VoiceFlame.
Mary is certified as an Amherst Writers and Artists workshop facilitator and trainer and is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.
In 2012 the VoiceFlame team published Nda Ku Ona – I See You With My Heart, and anthology that brings together the voices of African and North American women in an empowering creative dialogue. It is among the first published works by and for Malawian Women, and as such, it will have a major impact in raising the level of respect given to women writers.
"The Artist’s Book and Current Affairs"
Bio: Elsi Vassdal Ellis teaches design production and book arts at Western Washington University and is currently serving as chair of the newly established Department of Design. She established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; first letterpress in 1990; and first digital in 1996. Since 1983 she has produced over 114 editions and 120 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.
“En la búsqueda de la justicia: el recorrido desde el litigio hacia la mediación.” ("The Quest for Justice: A personal Journey from Litigation to Mediation")
Esta sesión será en Español (SESSION PRESENTED IN SPANISH)
Bio: Oriunda de Veracruz, México, María de Lourdes Victoria es una autora bilingüe cuyas obras han sido galardonadas y editadas internacionalmente en Inglés y Español. Su primera novela, "Los Hijos Del Mar" (Children of the Sea), fue finalista del Premio Mariposa (Mejor Primera Novela en Español) en la Feria Internacional de Libros Latinos (2006) en Washington, DC. Su segunda novela, "Más Allá de la Justicia" (Beyond Justice) ocupó el tercer lugar en Barcelona, España, en el prestigioso Premio Planeta de Novela (2010), obteniendo, además, mención de honor como la Mejor Novela en Español y la Mejor Novela Popular en New York en el Latino Book Awards (2012). Los cuentos de María han aparecido en importantes revistas literarias y jurídicas. María radica en Seattle y en California, y actualmente está trabajando en su tercera novela, "Los Hijos de las Nubes" (Children of the Clouds).
From Veracruz, Mexico, Maria de Lourdes Victoria is an award-winning author whose work has been published internationally in English and Spanish. Her first novel, "Los Hijos Del Mar" (The children of the sea), was a finalist for the Mariposa Award (Best First Novel in Spanish) at the 2006 International Latino Book Awards in Washington, D.C. Her second novel, "Más allá de la Justicia" (Beyond Justice) took third place in Barcelona, Spain, at the prestigious Premio Planeta de Novela book awards (2010), and received honorary mention as the Best Novel in Spanish and Best Popular Novel at the New York Latino Book Awards (2012). Maria's short stories have appeared in prominent literary and legal journals. Maria resides in Seattle and California and is currently working on her third novel, "Los Hijos de las Nubes" (The children of the clouds).
"Creativity as Gnosis: An Artist’s Response to the Gospel of Thomas"
Bio: Diane Walker is a contemplative photographer, painter and writer with an extensive background in journalism, religion and marketing. She is the former Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Washington and has served on the faculty of the Diocesan School of Theology. She is currently the volunteer exhibitions director at ECVA, a national artists' registry with online exhibition space. A regular practitioner of mindfulness meditation/centering prayer, she pairs her writing and spiritual practice with her art, producing a daily blog of meditations, poetry, photographs and paintings. (http://contemplativephotography.com/)
"No one really knows how to love, and I can prove it!"
Bio: Larry Walls is originally from Memphis, TN. and currently makes his home in Washington. He is a retired Navy Lieutenant and recently completed working on a Master's of Divinity degree at Seattle University. He currently serves Spiritual Care Coordinator at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton Washington. He has four children and fifteen grandchildren. No one really knows how to love, and I can prove it! Have you ever wondered what "Love" really means? How do we truly love one another? Journey with Larry as he takes us through the steps needed to understand love and to understand our relationships with others whether it is with our children or a potential spouse. Learn about the different kinds of love and how each one of them can affect a relationship. Learn how to recognize "good" or "bad" relationships and what to do with them. Links:
"Make Things Better: Pursuing a Life of Service"
Bio: Audrey Young is the author of "What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey," and "House of Hope and Fear: Life in a Big City Hospital." People Magazine called her "a fine storyteller." Her work has appeared in numerous medical journals and other publications. She is board certified in internal medicine and was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. She practices hospital medicine at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. Washington Travel and Life Magazine named her one of Washington's best doctors. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young children.