Q Commons Seattle

We are hosting our sixth Q Commons event this Thursday!

Seattle will be one of hundreds of cities participating in this national event. Join the local conversation on October 13th at 415 Westlake in Southlake Union. This two-hour live event will educate Christians on how they can bring hope and leadership to their communities in a critical moment for America. On this night you will get to hear from both national and local speakers:

Local:

“Seattle Through the Eyes of a Refugee” with Scott Ellis from World Relief

Scott Ellis is the Outreach Manager at World Relief Seattle. As a graduate of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, he continues to engage the community to empower refugees economically, socially, and spiritually. He will be interviewing a refugee speaker who recently fled from their homeland and is beginning their new life here in Western Washington

Local:

“Faith and Football: How Sports Ministry Can Serve the City!” with Clarence Presley from Word of Truth International Ministries

Clarence Presley is the Sr. Pastor of Word of Truth International Ministries located in Tukwila, WA and Missional Leader Director of K.I.N. (Kingdom In Neighborhoods) Network. Rev. K.I.N. Network is an urban missionary and church planters network created to empower and send urban missional leaders into their communities to reimagine church in their neighborhoods.

Local:

“Spiritual Seattle” with Matthew Kaemingk from Christ in Cascadia

Matthew Kaemingk (PhD) is passionate about exploring the cultural challenges and opportunities for mission in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Seattle and serves as the editor of Christ & Cascadia and the director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.

Check out our latest Light Up the City blog to find out more about Q Commons. You can also register here (there are student discounts!).

National:

Responding In Our Divided Moment

Ravi Zacharias

We are living in a critical moment of human history. In communities where our differences are being amplified and certain people groups are marginalized, divisiveness threatens to win the day. As new social norms emerge and geo-political change alters America’s status quo, Christians must consider what hope they have to offer. The toxic combination of declining virtue alongside unfiltered opinions creates an environment that causes even the most hope-filled person to shudder. But we believe an opportunity like no other exists for our faith to offer a better way forward. Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist and best-selling author, will encourage people of faith to take three bold and necessary steps to lead and respond in our divided times. _________________ Ravi Zacharias is Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014. Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 43 years in scores of universities, notably Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Cambridge. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique. Mr. Zacharias has authored or edited well over twenty books including the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live Without God (Word, 1994). Several of his books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, and other languages. Ravi has appeared on CNN, Fox, and other international broadcasts. His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” airs on 2152 outlets worldwide, his weekday program, “Just Thinking,” on 721, and his one-minute “Just a Thought,” on 488. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.

National:

Race, Righteous Anger & Resolution

Lecrae

Injustice, violence, discrimination, racism. As Christians, we cannot ignore the clashes around us, but how should we respond? Like Jesus overturning tables in the temple, is now a time for righteous anger? What does that phrase even mean? Lecrae is a voice that advocates against injustice in a way that leads to resolution—in contrast to empty outrage that perpetuates a cycle of pain and division. He will offer a perspective that allows our anger to propel our communities toward hope and true reconciliation. _________________ Lecrae is a two-time GRAMMY Award winning hip-hop artist whose RIAA gold-certified 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.8 million copies and he has co-headlined some of the best-selling tours in the U.S., according to Pollstar. Lecrae has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including a win for Best Gospel Album in 2013 and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Awards nominations. Lecrae’s call for redemption through positive change has placed him at the forefront of causes close to his heart. Referring to himself as a ‘social anthropologist,’ Lecrae seeks the most authentic connection possible with fans around the world who embrace his music. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.

National:

How Should Christians Think About Voting?

Kirsten Powers and Ross Douthat

The most contentious presidential election in recent history is upon us, and Christians are more divided than ever. How—if at all—should faith inform our political involvement? Is there a mandate that all Christians vote? How can we disagree well with those we love most? Featuring authors and commentators who share the Christian faith but operate from opposite sides of the political spectrum, this pointed conversation will provide insights to help us process our responsibility in American politics. _________________ Kirsten Powers is a weekly columnist for USA Today and a contributor to CNN, where she appears regularly on Anderson Cooper 360. Her writing focuses on politics, faith and human rights. Kirsten recently authored The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech (Regenery Publishing, 2015) Prior to her career in journalism, Powers served in the Clinton Administration from 1993-1998 and worked in New York state and city Democratic politics. She was Vice President for International Communications at America Online, Inc. from 1998-2002. Her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, the New York Observer, Salon.com, the Daily Beast, the New York Post, Elle magazine and American Prospect online. _________________ Ross Douthat is the youngest Op-Ed Columnist in the history of The New York Times. Representing a new generation of conservative commentator, Ross enlivens the editorial pages of the Times with his vigorous and penetrating analysis of domestic and international politics and government. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com where he has written on topics ranging from higher education to national politics to celebrities' religious conversions. His writing is credited with helping the foundering conservative movement find a new relevance and new constituencies in 21st century America.He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class" (Hyperion, 2005) and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream" (Doubleday, 2008). He is the film critic for National Review.

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