Level Ground fills an important niche in both the film-festival circuit and the wider national dialogue around faith, sexuality, and gender. By focusing on small-venue programming, offering intimate discussions and provocative panels featuring prominent leaders, writers, artists, scientists, and theologians, and hosting events around the films, the festival will become a national innovator in film-festival programming, art curation, and the LGBT dialogue.
Ed Bacon preaching on Sunday, Feb. 10:
“Jesus says you are to be salt seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this Earth. Be salty! If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste their Godliness?… Or, Jesus says, here’s another way to put it: You are light! And to the degree you let your light shine, you’ll bring out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept!”
All Saints Annual Meeting, Part One, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. So many of them tell us that they love playing in the context of a vespers service with prayers and short meditations and the sense that this is a holy enterprise, not just a jazz concert in the church.
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years. As we enter Lent, which in part is about “dying before you die,” Mark is the perfect person to talk about entering into the abundant life NOW — what he means by entering joy.
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary and author of TRAUMA AND GRACE, will be preaching at both services Sun. Feb. 16.
In the Sunday, Feb. 2 Rector’s Forum, Father Greg Boyle discusses gangs, violence, incarceration and economic justice.
Zelda Kennedy preaching on Sunday, Feb. 2:
“I believe we need to know and to believe that God is beside us; where we live, on the level ground; where we are sick, and in need; where we struggle to do what is right, and where we fight to retain our faith. I believe we need to know and to believe that we, too, can touch, and be touched, by Jesus – right here and now.”
Who is responsible for the number of young people who have stayed out of prison, have reduced their levels of traumatic stress disorder, found full- or part-time work and rekindled their ties with families?
In the Sunday, January 26 Rector’s Forum, Charlie Rahilly and Ed Bacon discuss issues of economic injustice raised in Robert Reich’s new book BEYOND OUTRAGE.
Janine Schenone on Sunday, January 19 talks about “The Snark Factor”:
“How can we effectively proclaim the Good News of Salvation and union with God if we consider ourselves superior to others? This is not the Good News that Jesus proclaimed. On the other hand, how can we love people, Christians or otherwise, who have been verbally and physically violent toward us and the people we love? The same way that Jesus loved his enemies. He confronted them and spoke against them, but did not assume a position of superiority over them. He opposed them with love, with acceptance for who they were at that moment.”