Q Commons Seattle

We are excited to host our fourth Q Commons this Thursday, March 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square. National speakers include David Kinnaman, Andy Crouch and Eugene Cho. Our local speakers will be Amanda Hightower, Jackie St. Louis and Kelly Aramaki.

We feel these events are important: Jesus calls us to be salt, light and yeast, which in turn, effect change and transformation in community. So, what does it mean for the Church to affect change in our cities? This is what Q speakers and conversations seek to answer. How do we engage education? What does it mean to be light in the educational system? What does it mean to be salt to individuals caught up in sex trafficking? What does it mean to be yeast in the homeless community and those who are experiencing mental illness? These specific topics will be addressed during our time together on Thursday and we hope it will stir up and strike a chord within our hearts. Light Up the City hosts this unique platform to engage conversations Seattle should have and join in with national conversations that will address other issues as well. So please register today.

National speakers for the event will include:

The Irrelevance of Faith

David Kinnaman

Christians face an unprecedented landscape at the intersection of faith and public life. Over 46% of our neighbors believe religion and people of faith are part of the problem in our communities, not the solution. As a growing list of contentious issues present themselves on the cultural front—such as racism, gender, euthanasia, sexuality, religious freedom and more—the Church finds itself on the margins of the mainstream conversation perplexed about how to engage. Public opinion suggests our views and beliefs are irrelevant and extreme, so how should Christians respond? David Kinnaman will equip you to confidently engage the most difficult conversations in the days ahead with courage, conviction and compassion.

David Kinnaman is the president and majority owner of Barna Group, a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. He is the author of two bestselling books, unChristian andYou Lost Me, which focus on the spiritual lives of teens and twentysomethings. Under his leadership The Barna Team created the FRAMES project – brief meaningful books on contemporary culture. During Kinnaman’s 19 years at the firm, he has supervised or directed interviews with more than 400,000 individuals and leaders. He and his wife Jill have three children, Emily, Annika, and Zack.

Leading in a Skeptical Culture

Andy Crouch

Many Christians are finding it challenging to lead in a culture where people are increasingly skeptical about faith in the public sphere. What does it mean for us to re-examine our stance on leadership? What would it take to realize that we don’t have to have power in order to lead? Andy Crouch, author of the new book ‘Strong and Weak’ explains why its important for Christians to lead from a place of both strength and weakness; to stand firm in conviction while allowing ourselves to be vulnerable.

Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling was named one of the best books of 2008 by CT, Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. In December 2012 Andy became executive editor of Christianity Today. He was also executive producer of CT’s This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing.

Immigrants & Refugees

Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”

The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $3.4 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, NPR and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes.

Eugene recently released his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? Eugene and Minhee have been married for nearly twenty years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington.

Our Local Speakers:

Freedom from Seattle’s Sex Trade

Amanda Hightower

Amanda has over 7 years of experience working with street-involved and exploited youth in the Seattle region, and is a Certified National Wraparound Coach who helped build the Groundwork Project, a successful pilot program initiated by United Way to provide wraparound services to homeless youth and young adults. Amanda is also a co-founder of REST, a Seattle organization helping women trapped in the sex trade find a path to freedom.

Mental Illness in Seattle, Engaging at the Greatest Point of Need

Jackie St. Louis

As Seattle’s Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) Street Outreach Manager, Jackie is working to educate the community on mental health, and to help homeless people living with mental illness.

The Gospel and the Achievement Gap

Kelly Aramaki

Kelly Aramaki is currently serving students, families and staff in the Seattle Public Schools as the Executive Director of Schools of the Southeast Region. In his role, he supervises and supports the 20 schools in the Rainier Valley and on Beacon Hill. Prior to this role, Kelly was a school principal for 10 years and taught fourth and fifth grade before that. While principal, Kelly received the National Milken Educator Award and was named Washington State Principal of the Year. Kelly attends Faith Bible Church in central Seattle where he leads worship in song once a month. He is an advocate for growing church-school partnerships as a key strategy for addressing equity issues in schools.

Please join us on Thursday!


220 Second Ave South Seattle WA 98104

8:00a-5:30p (Mon-Fri)

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