The Community & Spiritual Formation committee is organizing its annual field trip to Seattle University’s “Search for Meaning Book Festival” on Saturday, February 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We meet on the 7:55 ferry and carpool up to Seattle U. Some of us break for lunch at The Chieftain Irish Pub across from the university.
This year’s keynote authors will be the Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor (“Redeeming Darkness: A Spirituality for the Night Times”), novelist Ruth Ozeki (“A Tale for the Time Being”), and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in dialogue with historian Taylor Branch (“Dismantling American Racism: Past & Present”).
Tickets go on sale January 17th and sell-out quickly, so don’t delay in ordering yours at https://www.seattleu.edu/searchformeaning/. To reserve a carpool spot contact Kent Chadwick at email@example.com or (206) 790-9873.
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church (2006), won an Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark (2014), was featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Ruth Ozeki’s most recent novel, A Tale for the Time Being (2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the Medici Book Club Prize, among others. Published in over thirty countries, it tells the story of a mysterious diary, which washes up on a beach on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013.
Taylor Branch’s landmark narrative history of the Civil Rights Era, America in the King Years, has been compared with other epic histories such as Shelby Foote’s The Civil War and Robert Caro’s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. The King-era trilogy required more than 24 years of intensive research as Branch sought to illuminate not only the life of the man, but also the times in which he lived.
Celebrating our Sisterhood in Christ will be a day long retreat again this year at IslandWood on Saturday, April 21st. I am excited to introduce our facilitator, Erin Grayson; “Certified candidate for ordained ministry, proud wife and mother, writer, seeker, teacher and friend.” Your chairperson, Jan Walk, 206-369-3343. More details coming soon!