After a busy weekend things have slowed down a little for us at the Chapel, but not for our friends who are walking across country in support of the Campaign for an American Dream.
In their first week they trudged mile after mile through heavy rains and finally arrived at the State Capitol where they received a standing ovation from legislators. Sadly Jose had to leave the walkers in order to attend his Deportation Court Date. We are with him in our thoughts and prayers as he defends himself and his right to stay in his home country.
The other five walkers have arrived at Lake Tahoe and are facing much colder temperatures and snow in the Sierras. We are planning on having them call in at the Chapel so we can hear of their most recent stories. Take a look at their blog which is full of adventures and deep reflections, as well as lighthearted and funny encounters with mud puddles, blisters, and piglets.
You can also connect with them on Twitter and Facebook. We are also tracking their progress the “old school”, with a non-digital paper map, sticky notes, and push pins on the big pin board downstairs. Take a look next time you are at the Chapel!
This Sunday (March 25th) we will celebrate the Baptism of Vivienne Frieda Fernanda Grantham.
In Vivienne’s honor, a special luncheon will be held following liturgy (at 11 am), sponsored by Vivienne’s grandparents, Jim and Rebecca Shields.
We are very excited for Vivienne, her parents, and grandparents and are looking forward to celebrating with them this coming Sunday. Everyone is invited to stay for the luncheon!
Blessings to Vivienne, her parents Issabella and Ted, and the rest of her family who will be joining us for this exciting day.
We are very excited to host Syrian nonviolence advocate and Muslim scholar Jawdat Said at the Chapel this coming Monday, March 19 at 12pm.
Jawdat Said will be speaking on the crisis in Syria, reformist Islam, and nonviolent interpretations of the Koran. He holds degrees in Arabic Literature and educa- tion from universities in Cairo, Egypt where he witnessed the violent confrontation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the secular government of Egyptian President Gamal Abd an-Nasser. His initial reaction gradually became an intellectual orientation based on the idea that violence is in contradiction to humanity and that coercion should be removed completely from the realm of ideas. Said’s principles were tested when he served obligatory military service in 1959. Altogether, Said ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼has been imprisoned five times for his political and religious views.
Come meet Jawdat Said and learn from his views and experiences, this coming Monday, March 19 at 12pm.