What happens when Seattle has a “Ferguson” situation? How would our city respond? How would you respond? Is the Race conversation happening here in a healthy way? We hope that you are thinking through this as you engage your city, your neighbors and your congregation. To supplement your efforts, we wanted to invite you to a trio of upcoming events here in Seattle:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The 3rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast is on Jan. 19 from 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. The breakfast will be at The Sheraton at 1400 6th Ave. in Seattle. This year’s program features Norman Rice, a former Seattle mayor, as the keynote speaker and the University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir. Awards will also be handed out at the breakfast with the Martin Luther King Jr. Vision from the Mountaintop Award being presented. You definitely don’t want to miss out! Details for the event can be found here.
The next big event of 2015 is our Light Up the City Quarterly Meeting on Jan. 22. This quarter’s meeting will be at Bellevue Presbyterian from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. We will have a time of worship, hear from local city efforts, and hear from Robert Loggins, a minister in Ferguson who has a different story to share about the unity of the Church in the midst of a fracturing nation. Following his talk we will have discussions around tables on how we are engaging the race conversation in our cities. This is a great opportunity to talk with other ethnic leaders in your city… bring them! We will also be taking a school/church partnership city assessment, and so if these partnerships are happening in your city, be prepared to share that information with us if you can. This event is free, and lunch is provided, but we ask that you register here by January 20th.
Finally, February 26th will mark our second Q Commons Seattle gathering. We will hear from (Streaming live) national speakers Malcolm Gladwell on Legitimacy, Soledad O’Brien on Race in America and Mark Burnett on Virtue in Entertainment. Plus three local presenters who will engage us in conversations that Seattle must be having. Get the details here.
We wish each of you a Happy New Year, and we are expectant that God’s unending, transformative work will continue to invade our hearts and our cities.