To follow up our fantastic Shane Claiborne event on 3/19, we are inviting Greg Barrett to talk further about his "Good Samaritan Revolution" project as well as the books and stories that have shaped his life and faith. This will be our Easter-themed coffeehouse with song, food, and stories. We are hoping to unpack the 3/19 event and the main questions that were raised by it. (Don't worry if you weren't able to make the event, we're working on showing a short documentary trailer that provides an overview of the story.) The theme of the songs, conversations, and stories will touch on how the principles of the Good Samaritan (treating everyone, even your enemy, as friends and neighbors) can be an example of living out the lesson of the Easter miracle.
In our own lives, we were taught that "certain people" were outsiders and maybe even enemies. As we unpack the message of the Good Samaritan, we soon realize we are supposed to treat such people with respect and hospitality. Yet, that is a hard transition and decision to make. In fact, do you have examples of making that decision in your life and past? Are you trying to make that decision today?
Imagine if increasing numbers of people made the decision to treat their enemies as neighbors, it would start a revolution, a Good Samaritan Revolution. That's why the talks on 3/19 were so important. Greg Barrett, Shane Claiborne, John Francis, Kathleen O'Toole, and Jeremy Courtney were inviting us to visualize a world where increasing numbers of people lived by the Good Samaritan principle and thereby changed their world.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a song, a quote about loving your enemies, or a story of how you did this in your own experience. (If you want to suggest a song please do so 7-days in advance to allow us to practice it). What a great way to think about the ethical implications of the Easter miracle.
Hope you can join us!
Glenn & Jen
More about our conversation partner: Greg Barrett, a former newspaper and wire correspondent based in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (click here to order). The book examines the U.S. military interests and the lives of peacemakers in prewar and war-torn Iraq. He returned to Iraq in 2010 with Shane Claiborne and others to tell the awe-inspiring story of Rutba. His reporting spans Thailand, Mexico, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. His previous book, The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions and Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok (click here to order), is a Nautilus Book Award Silver Medalist. He speaks frequently on college campuses and in churches. To follow Greg via social media, check out his website, The Gospel of Rutba (click here).
Singing: We'll have some of our resident musicians help lead us in the songs and hymns of the Lenten period. David will play guitar, and Sarah will lead the singing.
What to bring: For dinner, I'll provide pasta with chicken, but if others can bring a green salad, a bottle of wine or juice, or a side dish. Please put what you might bring in your RSVP line.