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MLK Anniv Coffeehouse, BBQ, & Song w/M. Hardin (story behind MLK's Non-violence)

We are excited to host author & peace theologian Michael Hardin for a coffee house conversation on "The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s theory of Non-violent Change and it's relevance today" as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington & MLK's electrifying "I have a Dream Speech" of 1963.  We'll have some singing of the African-American Spirituals that defined the Civil Rights Movement and BBQ to boot!

We all know that MLK changed America (and really the world) with his unique non-violent approach to furthering the cause of Civil Rights, but the theology behind his methods are less well-known.  We struggle to apply lessons from his life and methods to our own generation so instead we stop at praising King's courage.  Michael Hardin has one of the most interesting takes out there on how we can live out some of MLK's ideas (and similar ideas rooted in the Bible) today.  So this year, let's learn how to put some of MLK's ideas into practice!

About our conversation partner: Michael Hardin is co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace, a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA.  Preaching Peace's motto is "Educating The Church in Jesus' Vision of Peace."  The organization's website brings together Hardin's intriguing scholarship and theological investigations into the question of how non-violence is woven into God's (and therefore the Christian) vision of a transformed world.  Along the way, Hardin has studied the Bible's peace vision, just war theory, theories of the atonement, popular views of the end times, and the new scholarship/science on why we are violent and what we can do to transform our drive to act violently (destroying the world and others in the process).  He's written many essays and books on this peace tradition, including Stricken by God?: Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Eerdmans, 2007) as co-editor; Peace Be With You (Cascadia, 2009); Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock, 2010), and Reading the Bible with Rene Girard (Wipf & Stock, 2013) as editor.  He brought together these ideas in his popular and acclaimed, The Jesus Driven Life (JDL Press, 2010).

Book signing and purchases: Michael Hardin will have time after our Q & A to sign books, and you can buy books for your own use.  If interested, please bring money to buy books.  Buying books helps people sustain their speaking ministries!  Thanks.

We are looking forward to seeing you!  See you there!

Best, Glenn & Jen

 

Here's some more information on the evening and how you can Help out:

The Food & Wine: Since we are doing something special with food by having BBQ this month, please read the below details about what to bring or what kind of donation will help us pull this off.  Basically, if you want some BBQ, we are asking for a $5 suggested donation to cover our costs on that item since it can add up.  Here are the various options:


1. everyone should bring a salad or cole slaw or pasta salad or bottle of wine or salad toppings (crumbled eggs, crumbled bacon bits) and, if possible, contribute a $5 donation if they want a BBQ & salad meal.

2. for vegetarians just interested in a salad, just bringing a salad or bottle of wine (no donation requested).

3. for people who can't bring anything, we will ask for $5 contribution if they are just eating salad, and $10 if they are having a BBQ & Salad meal.

4. for those not interested in eating at all, no contribution is requested, you can show up at 7:45 for the talk.

If you list what you are bringing in your RSVP comment section by this Friday at 12 noon that would help me plan for the dinner. Any RSVP details listed after 12 noon Friday are always welcomed.  If you are a last minute kind of person and it's 6PM on Saturday, just bring a bottle of red wine! We'll have a cup for donations near the food for folks to discreetly put in a few bucks (we don't monitor donations).  If you genuinely can't afford the money and can't bring something (because you are a student, etc), you are welcome to the food of course.  Our events and the food are always free.  We just ask those who can help, to pitch in a few bucks to help us do this again.

The Singing: We'll keep having one of our resident musicians lead us in a few Spirituals.  If you have suggestions, send them to me ahead of time.

More about the evening schedule: For the evening, we’ll try and start at 7:00PM and end at 9:00PM. We’ll start off with dinner around 7:05.  At 7:30PM, we'll sing a few songs. At 7:45PM, we'll have our conversation.  We’ll try and finish up everything by 9:00PM so folks can get to other parties they've planned for that night.  If you are only interested in the talk, you should feel free to just arrive at 7:45.  If you need to leave early, just sit at the back of the room and leave when you ready. We are very flexible about that sort of thing.

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 near the corner of Q St. and 22nd St.

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  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all, I'll post this on our message board too, but this is the text for Michael Hardin's talk last month. http://www.preachingpeace.org/2011/08/02/a-sermon-for-the-holiday-devoted-to-dr-martin-luther-king/

    Best, Glenn

    September 6, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hi all,
    Cassandra gave us information on the 9/11 unity walk. I'm passing along the link. Here's the link: http://911unitywalk2013.eventbrite.com/. it's on sept. 8 a Sunday. Hope you can make it!
    Best, Glenn

    September 5, 2013

  • Steve Y.

    Had a great time. Can't wait for the next one!

    August 20, 2013

  • Kat T

    A totally delightful evening!

    August 18, 2013

  • Sarah O

    It was great seeing everyone tonight! Here find the details for the East Meets West concert that my sister, Atemi will be performing next week on Saturday, August 24th. The venue is Tropicalia at[masked]th St NW, Washington DC 20009 (enter on U St.). The show is from 8-10pm but doors open at 7pm. If you attend come find me. Hope to see a few of you there! I have included a link to her newest music video so that you can sample her music: http://youtu.be/CcrZgAdkUMI

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Thanks all for coming to the meetup. There were many challenging ideas and arguments presented, and we will have to unpack them for a long time going forward. At our next Common Meal and Eucharist gathering on Sept 7th, we'll take up some of the issues mentioned by the speakers. Peace to you! Best, Glenn

    August 17, 2013

  • Dave S.

    I can bring a salad and bacon bits. My father-in-law will be coming with me as well (hope that's ok).

    August 16, 2013

    • Glenn Z.

      Yes extra guests are great, we'll have a lot of food

      August 16, 2013

  • Bianca F.

    I will bring pita and hummus, and a drink or dessert. Looking forward to it!

    August 16, 2013

  • Cmone

    Option 4 - I will be arriving after the meal.

    August 16, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    I'll bring potato salad and a dessert.

    August 15, 2013

  • Cassandra

    I will bring a Thai sweet potato salad

    August 15, 2013

  • Kofi

    In travel?...... Enjoy!..... Cheers!!

    August 14, 2013

  • Kat T

    I'll bring salad, toppings, dressing and buns. I think this is going to be a great evening!

    August 14, 2013

  • m p.

    Sounds like a great discussion topic. I'll be there.

    August 10, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Wish I could be there.

    August 10, 2013

  • Patricia R.

    Would love to be there, esp having heard Taylor Branch speak a bit about this, but will be on retreat (of all places !)

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great event. Too bad I'll be out of town :(

    July 27, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    No problem Jason, just email me the info privately and I'll pass it on. Best, Glenn the organizer

    July 17, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Hey, all:

    My name is Jason Ford. Please excuse the marketing here, but since this is not something I'm making any money on, I figure it's okay. I have written a play fir Capital Fringe called "Jonah Dove." It takes the themes from the Jonah story and sets them in a modern context. So far, the play has drawn praise from conservative Christians, Unitarians, Jews, and atheists. I'd be curious what you all think. All the information is at www.jonahdove.com. If you come as a group, I'd be glad to discuss any of it before or after. Thanks for considering the matter!

    --Jason Ford

    July 16, 2013

    • LJordan

      Hi Jason, I will try to attend the play. In the name of art and fringe, I didn't mind the plug:)

      July 17, 2013

    • Jason F.

      Thanks. I think I screwed this up by posting on this thread. Oh well--I'll try to figure this Meetup out a little better. My apologies!

      July 17, 2013

  • Victor

    Love this. Have always been really inspired by the man. Wish I was in town.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, my schedule changed and I have to work.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to jumping in and meeting fabulous new friends who bring their faith and insights.

    June 17, 2013

  • Asantewaa N.

    Just need the exact location. Thanks! :)

    January 14, 2013

  • LJordan

    I am bringing a sausage and potato dish.

    January 13, 2013

  • Christine

    would like to try. will confirm later in the week.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    travel plans-sorry!

    November 20, 2012

  • Kofi

    Hopefully!..... Cheers!!

    November 20, 2012

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