For our September coffeehouse on faith, food, art, and justice, join Seth and Tracy Wispelwey for an evening of conversation, stories, and music centered on the topic of food justice and all the interlocking issues surrounding this just cause from modern day slavery, and coalition building, to immigration policy. Seth is the Field Organizer for Justice Campaigns and Advocacy at International Justice Mission, one of the largest Christian humanitarian groups in the world. Tracy is a songwriter and artist who most recently produced "Songs For 1,000 Days: Artists Advocating for the Food Security of Vulnerable Women and Children," a compilation that Bread For the World commissioned for their ongoing work to end hunger in the US and abroad (click here to listen to some of the songs). Bread is also a leading Christian humanitarian group.
Tracy and Seth also run a small nonprofit, Restoration Village Arts (click here) to facilitate international artistic collaboration, justice-and-theology conversations, and creative advocacy projects. With their unique experience with organizing Christians and others of good will around food justice issues, we'll be inspired for another season in our lives to fight the good fight.
We'll start the evening off with some chicken, salad, and wine!
Hope you can join us!
Best, Glenn & Jen
More information on our guest speakers/musicians for the evening: With their background in justice organizing, the arts, song, and theology, Seth and Tracy are the perfect pair to conclude our special summer events. Over the summer, we've started to help the homeless; we've studied the justice tradition in the Bible, and we've studied the theology of MLK. With Tracy and Seth, we now will hear about the role of the arts and coalition building in the life of faith from two innovative leaders/"practitioners".
Tracy Howe Wispeley is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and artistic organizer who has been touring full time as an independent artist since 2000, playing on university campuses, in prisons, churches, living rooms and touring throughout North, Central and South America (click here for her complete bio). She's collaborated with Brian McLaren on several projects. She recently finished her M.Div at Harvard Divinity School. Tracy is very interested in finding a 21st Century music sensibility for Christians coming from different cultures yet all devoted to the cause of creating a just world. Recently she's helped to organize events and networks with fellow musicians and artists in Latin American churches.
Seth Wispeley is an innovative organizer and speaker on justice causes who's worked for the ONE Campaign, Bread for the World, Boston Faith & Justice Network, and International Justice Mission over the years (click here for his bio). His recent projects at International Justice Mission include a campaign in Florida to expose slavery in domestic tomato production for fast food restaurants (it's called the campaign for "slave free tomatoes"). Currently he has been organizing Christian communities on city-by-city bases to join together to create a more just world.
About bringing food or helping out with the wine: The event is free, but help from the larger Emerging community is always appreciated. We need some folks helping with food (mostly chicken or salad contributions), juices, and wine. I'll send out a list of needed foods a few days before the event. For last minute RSVPs, I'll send a list of needed foods by Saturday around 2PM the day of the event. If you cannot bring something though that's o.k. too. Just bring yourself! If you have an idea of how you can help with food, please put that in your RSVP line
Donations: if you would also like to support the work of Tracy and Seth through their non-profit, we'll have a cup for any donations. We encourage everyone to give generously to support their work.
Buying CDs: I'm sure Tracy will bring examples of her CDs if you would like to buy a copy.
Location: Going forward, we're hoping to have our various gatherings at the "community/fireplace room" space of the Church of the Pilgrims.
Directions from Metro: Church of the Pilgrims is about 2 blocks west of the Q Street Exit (that's the north one) of the Dupont Circle Metro Station. Once you hit 22nd street, go south a block to the sanctuary entrance at P St and 22nd.
About Parking: Church of the Pilgrims has a parking lot entrance on 22nd Street twenty feet away from the corner of Q St. and 22nd St (where the big "Church of the Pilgrims" sign sits). The parking lot is surrounded by bushes so it's not always easy the entrance at first. The sign to the church is on that Q & 22nd St corner (so the parking lot is going to be behind that sign but you have to find the entrance first!). There's about 20 parking spots. If those are all taken, you can park on the street in front of the church building itself. Unfortunately if you try and check out the church location on google maps it's not clear where exactly the parking lot is, so drive slowly. It's there, hang in there!