The Animal Plays, A Climate Change Theatre Action Staged Reading This Tuesday at 6pm

Tuesday
October 24
at 6pm in ES 100

The Animal Plays:
A Climate Change Theatre Action Staged Reading
Directed by Dr. Tonia Krueger
Featuring

Henry Cowhey
Christina Rubinetti
Victoria Bamford
Sahra Carpenter
Amelia Kalagher
Kaley Whipple
Noela Lokolo
Megan Smiley
Shannon Tivona
Caroline Wood
Dr. Joanna Huxster
Dr. Miranda Goodman-Wilson
Dr. Amanda Hagood
Dr. Cynthia Totten

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www.climatechangetheatreaction.com

​CCTA 2017 is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic Cycle, Theatre Without Borders, and York University.

Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries around a common issue.

Fifty playwrights from around the world were asked to write 1- to 5-minute plays about climate change with the following prompt:

Assume your audience knows as much as you do. Assume they are as concerned as you are. But they may not know what to do with this information and those concerns. So how can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?

The plays featured in Eckerd’s reading all have an animal theme and reflect the theme of changing challenges into oppportunities.
Runtime is approximately one hour.

A series of short play readings on the topic of climate change

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40 Countries, 50 States are participating in CCTA 2017. Come see Eckerd’s contribution!

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Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings)

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The Animal Plays Include

“Homo Sapiens” by Chantal Bilodeau

“Brackendale” by Elaine Ávila 

“The Penguins” by Elspeth Tilley

“Minor Flood, Major Constellation: Sirius and the Cartographer Map the New World” by Lisa Schlesinger

 “Pond Life” by Elyne Quin

“El Toro Sagrado at the Car Repair Shop” by Mindi Dickstein

“Appreciation” by Katie Pearl

 

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 at Eckerd College


Environmental Studies Auditorium

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Tues Oct 24 at 6pm

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Some local events of interest to the social conscious

This information is provided by former members of the Women’s March St Pete steering committee to raise awareness about upcoming events that may be of interest.

 

Oct 20.
Sheroes & Heroes Among Us
6 PM @ Enoch Davis Community Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

The arrival of a new documentary series shot on location in South Saint Petersburg. Sheroes & Heroes Among Us kicks off with its first premiere “Winnie Foster: The Activist Pollinator.” Mrs. Foster’s contagious energy and tenacity fed the progressive spirit for civil rights . Her courage and willingness to work with bulwarks of integration and the women’s rights movement forever altered the political and socioeconomic landscape in Southern Pinellas County.

This documentary is the first of twelve episodes about Saint Petersburg’s Sheroes & Heroes Among Us who have left an indelible footprint in the advancement of equal rights, education, and the arts. The documentaries are scheduled to be released over the next year. A panel discussion and dinner will follow every viewing.

A $10-plus donation at the door would be most appreciated. Food will be provided.
Oct 21. Petition Picnic2pm @ Capaz Park, 2700 W Aileen St, Tampa, FL 33607

Join Indivisible Action Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa to meet progressive candidates running for office in Hillsborough County and sign petitions to help them get on the 2018 ballot. Bring food to share for a picnic potluck.

Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event with a terrific playground that will appeal to kids — bring them along! Spend the afternoon hanging out with fellow progressives making a difference in the world.

Oct 25.  Fired Up Pinellas: FL Gun Laws & Issues, Charter Schools6 PM @
Metro Wellness & Community Center, 3251 3rd Ave N, Suite 125, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

  • FLORIDA GUN LAWS AND ISSUES. Speaker: Patricia Brigham, First Vice President League of Women Voters Florida & Co-Founder Florida Gun Safety Committee & Chair. Learn about gun safety issues, advocacy, and legislative goals.
  • CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHOSE CHOICE?. Speaker: Robin R. Jones – Education Co-Chair, LWV St. Pete. -Charter schools began in the 1990’s as laboratories of innovation within the public education system, supported by teachers and education professionals. Today charter schools have become highly controversial, promoted more as competitors of rather than compliments to public schools and often built and managed by national for-profit charter chains. Last spring the Florida legislature continued its quest to make Florida one of the most charter friendly states in the country with it omnibus HB 7069. As parents and taxpayers we need to understand charters and their proper role in our public education system.
  • METRO HEALTH, WELLNESS & COMMUNITY CENTER – Learn about this center with a mission to provide quality health and wellness services that are inclusive, relevant, supportive and represent the lifetime continuum of the diverse people in our community.
  • CLOTHES TO KIDS – Learn about this great local organization and their mission to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children, free of charge.
  • PLEASE BRING DONATIONS – New or used children’s and teen’s clothing, school uniforms and shoes (especially sneakers). Also, new donations of socks and girls underwear (bikini style) and boys underwear (boxer style).
Nov 2. Brookwood Florida’s 90th Anniversary Celebration6:30 @ Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Join the 90th anniversary celebration of Brookwood Florida — an amazing organization providing a home for girls diverted by abuse, neglect or homelessness. At Brookwood, girls learn the life skills they need to lead self-sufficient and independent lives.

This fun-filled evening will include food, craft beers, wonderful wines, music, a special live glass blowing demonstration, and a raffle for an amazing one-of-a-kind piece of glass. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle and sponsorships wilI directly benefit Brookwood.

Nov 8. Get on the Bus – Advocacy Day in Tallahassee
Guns at the courthouse? Guns in churches and private schools? No thanks! Tell your legislative representatives how you feel in person during Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Florida Advocacy Day. The round-trip chartered bus ride leaves from Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa and is free to any and all volunteers. Interested?  SIGN UP HERE
November 9, 6:30pm @ Kaizen Collaborative, 5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa FL  33607
Events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas or the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville weigh heavy on people’s minds and hearts, and it can be difficult to disengage entirely from these critical events and conversations while at work. So how do we talk about current events in ways that strengthen relationships rather than divide them? What happens when someone’s identity feels too “political” to talk about?
Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused on best practices in inclusion. Free and open to the public. Light meal served.
Nov 11. 100% St Pete Solar Tour. 8:30 AM @ St. Pete Eco-Village, 302 15th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too.

The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour.

Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area

The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169

https://www.facebook.com/events/146728096064202/

Nov 11. Circus McGurkis:
The Next Generation  

Celebrating Peace Education, Diversity, and Community Activism
10am-4pm @ Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave S St. Petersburg

Featuring arts, crafts, music, games and ideas which celebrate the creativity and activism that makes our community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live. Roving poets and actors, musicians and drummers and art activities for children and families of all ages and types  Circus McGurkis is an expression of Quaker belief in the dignity and worth of each person an in the power of love and nonviolence to bring about change. Sponsored by the Quakers and hosted by Lakewood United Church of Christ
https://www.facebook.com/events/153838005198370/

Nov 16. A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate, 7 PM @ Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Frank Meeink, author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” will share his personal story.

Frank Meeink was a skinhead at age 13. By age 17, he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich” and he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. At age 18, he was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang.

While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.

Now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all aspects of society.

Presented by Eckerd College. Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at 727.820.0100, extension 301.

https://www.facebook.com/events/138055743501304/

Nov 16 & 17. Impact Summit @ USF St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 6th Ave South, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Data is key to the identification of community trends and a basis for addressing health disparities and inequities and to mobilize around other key issues that matter to residents.  Yet, the validity of data is routinely questioned and information is increasingly coming from unreliable sources. Now at growing risk of being eliminated or withheld, community data matters more than ever.

The 2017 Impact Summit will offer a forum to discuss and explore the role of data in supporting community change, on how to facilitate the use of accurate data for democratic decision-making at various scales – locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally – and on opportunities to fortify and intensify our efforts to promote and lead change through the use of community data.   Sponsored by the Community Indicators Consortium.

Registration: http://www.communityindicators.net/2017ImpactSummit

Nov 17. Lecture: White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism, and Neo-Fascism7pm @ Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33703
The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El, in partnership with Allendale United Methodist Church, presents a Social Justice Shabbat with Investigative Journalist, Scholar & Author Chip Berlet.

  • 7:00 PM Shabbat service
  • 7:45 PM lecture and Q/A

The evening is free and open to the public; dessert reception to follow lecture.

Chip Berlet is a progressive activist, journalist and scholar who has spent over thirty years studying bigoted right-wing movements. He is a co-author of the entry on Neo-Nazism in the current Encyclopedia Judaica and contributed a chapter on Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to the book The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In 2000, he co-authored the book Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, which received a Gustavus Myers Center Award for outstanding scholarship on the subject of human rights and intolerance. Berlet has authored numerous peer review articles and book chapters on White Nationalism and Neo-fascism.
Chip blogs at www.researchforprogress.org.

Nov 21. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?
6pm @ Childs Park Rec Center, 4301 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711

During this electoral cycle proverbial shots have been fired, shade has been thrown and relationships have been tested. As sad as it is, the one thing we can all be sure of is, no matter who wins and who loses, the work must continue. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to a post election community conversation and dinner to discuss, “Where do we go from here?” We will highlight the book with the same title by Dr Martin Luther King Jr and work to settle our differences and prepare to move forward.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1428614617259292/

Every Tuesday-Resist Trump Tuesdays10:30 am, Corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry Blvd, Tampa. Sponsored by Indivisible Tampa – Join us every Tues for our ongoing show of dissent! Bring your favorite sign.
Every Wednesday – Independent Investigation Rally, 12 noon – 1:30pm @ St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33711. Ongoing Wednesday rallies to demand a public, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Bring signs! We meet on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Pete Judicial Building.  Organized by Floridians Against Corruption & Treason (FACT).
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Confronting Our Racism

Monday, November 20, 2017
8:45am – 4:30pm
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Fox Hall and Wireman Chapel
4200 – 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
(727) 864-8587

Whether you are just thinking about this issue for the first time or have been doing this work all of your life, you are invited to join us for a day long conversation about opposing racism. We will be asking questions and talking about next steps in dealing with racism in our own local communities.

Our guests will be the Reverend Paul Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, and Professor Erin Cooley of Colgate University. There is no cost to register for the conference. You will be asked to pay $15 (cash or check) for lunch on the day of the conference. To register for the conference, please visit the following Google link:

https://goo.gl/forms/4nPJrw7vauyFzKPr2

This conference is made possible with funding from the John and Phyllis Ogden Fund of the Synod of the South Atlantic.

Doug McMahon
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain
Wireman Chapel, Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Restoring Respect”, a community conversation, at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter

ST. PETERSBURG–The Cathedral Church of St. Peter will host a five-part series, “Restoring Respect: A Community Conversation,” starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The initial gathering, “Restoring Respect: Where Did It Go?” will offer a panel discussion with President Donald R. Eastman III; Eric Deggans, television critic for National Public Radio; and Dr. Brendan Goff, professor of history at New College, Sarasota.

“Lack of respect for those who look, think, worship or vote differently is one of the compelling issues of the day,” said the Very Rev. Stephen B. Morris, dean of the cathedral. “It is something we all confront, day in and day out, regardless of who we voted for in the presidential election, where we are on the political spectrum, where we get our news,” Dean Morris said. “This is a time of heat without light, shouting without listening. We want to contribute to a community conversation that helps us get beyond that, listen and learn from each other.”

Additional sessions and topics are:

Nov. 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media; Jan. 16: Restoring Respect: In Religion; Feb. 20: Restoring Respect: In Race; March 20: Restoring Respect: In Politics.

All five sessions are free and open to the public. The Cathedral is at 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The entrance is on Second Avenue N, and there is free parking in the city-owned lots on the north side of Second Avenue opposite the Cathedral. Information:(727) 822-4173.

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Workshop Offers How-to for Citizen Action

Workshop Offers How-to
for Citizen Action
A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But many are unsure of how the process works. How does one begin to make a difference in the political world?

 

Former Congressman David Jolly and Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long will provide national and local perspectives on our system of government at a workshop as part of our Civics Literacy Initiative. Sponsored by the Institute and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. This free workshop will provide the basics of government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement.

 

Moderating the workshop will be Tara Newsom, Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at SPC, and Julie Kessel, president of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. They will give a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of government as well as strategies for engaging with elected and appointed officials. Advance registration is available here.
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World Refugee Day Commemoration

Each year the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force hosts a local event to commemorate World Refugee Day.
This is one day set aside internationally to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees.

This year’s local event will be held on June 16th at 1:00pm at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The event will begin at 1:00pm with a networking time in the lobby area featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from the PTC Culinary Arts Department and live music from Lakewood High School’s 54th Ave Jazz Combo.

At 2:00pm a short program will be held in the main auditorium featuring Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 as the Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Kriseman of St Petersburg providing opening remarks and a Dance of Hope by refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A brief awards ceremony will also recognize 5 former refugees/immigrants who have distinguished themselves by giving back to our refugee population in our community through our “Making a World of Difference” awards. These awards highlight the fact that our community is stronger and more welcoming because of the former refugees/immigrants who invest their time and resources here by giving back.

Finally, a citizenship ceremony will be held with 30 former refugees becoming U.S. citizens. The keynote speaker will be Sandra Grudic, a Pinellas County high school teacher, former refugee from Bosnia and current volunteer for refugees in our community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Doug Haskitt at HASKITTD@pcsb.org

World Refugee Day Celebration:

“Yesterday, Refugees–

Today, Americans”

When:   June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711. From 34th Street South, go westbound on 11th Ave. S. (across from Gibb’s High School), go past the Commercial Trucking Training Area on your right, and take your 2nd right into our Main Parking Lot. The Main Entrance and Reception Area will be on the north side of the Main Parking Lot in the center of the building.

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Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Gov. LeRoy Collins, 33rd Governor of Florida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeRoy_Collins)

Gov. LeRoy Collins, 33rd Governor of Florida

Please read http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/clemency-and-floridas-overbearing-politics-of-death,6666.

“Excellent, excellent column by one of Florida’s best. This is especially prescient as The ‘Groveland Four’ bill has a passed the FL House and heads for passage in the Senate.” — Facebook page of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The author of the article is Martin Dyckman, a former St. Petersburg Times political writer.

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Dr. Forrest Harris, Sr. guest preacher

guest_preacher copySunday Feb. 7, Dr. Forrest Harris, Sr., President of the American Baptist College, Nashville, TN, Associate Professor in the practice of ministry at Vanderbilt University and Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies preached at Lakewood UCC. It was an honor to have this church leader, inspiring visionary, and teacher in our midst.
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The recording begins with Rev. Wells reading the scripture, followed by Dr. Harris’ sermon.

To listen, right-click HERE and select the save link option and play the downloaded file with your computer’s media player. If you have a one-button mouse (on a Mac), press and hold the “Control” key and click the link and select the save link option.

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Heritage Lecture Series information

Click HERE to register for the Heritage Lecture Series. The Heritage Lecture Series is a three day presentation focusing on recent changes in Law, Education and History in the African American Community. The speakers for this year are: Professor Lani Guinier – Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts; Attorney John Burris – Law Offices of John Burris, California; Dr. Gerald Horne who holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, Texas and Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. Please register early!

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UCC Pastoral Letter on Racism

For those who are interested in being part of the Sacred Conversations on Race, a 5 week series beginning Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015, from 7;8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, the following article will inform some of the discussion at the first session.  To see the full article, simply click on the link below.  Please read it before coming to the first session.  Many thanks!  Kim Wells and Claire Stiles

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Bookclub

The Bookclub will meet, 4-25, at 12:30 in the church fellowship hall, please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Mary Stokes. The book is Please Look After Mom, By Kyung-Sook Shin. It is a story of a familial dilemma in South Korea and also experienced throughout the World.

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Harry Knox article in Huffington Post

Harry Knox, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is also a former member of Lakewood UCC. Please take a moment to read Harry’s article, Hobby Lobby’s Argument Should Alarm People of Faith, Co-authored by Jill C. Morrison, vice chair of the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Rev. Knox, President and CEO-Elect of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, was the founding director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program and was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He will begin his position at RCRC July 16.

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PCTB newsletter: James Douglass, Project Unspeakable, and Gandhi and the Unspeakable

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Author and longtime nonviolence activist James W. Douglass will be in the TampaBay and Sarasota area from March 27-30. Douglass is the author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters and, most recently, Gandhi and the Unspeakable. Both books analyze the role of “the Unspeakable,” monk Thomas Merton’s term for systemic evil, in the two leaders’ assassinations.

While he is in the area, Douglass will lead discussion after two dramatic readings ofProject Unspeakable¸ a play examining the truth about the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. A reading in Sarasota will be on Thursday, March 27 and a St. Petersburg reading will be Sunday, March 30. Details are below.

He will also lead Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?, a retreat at the Dayspring Conference Center in Ellenton fromSaturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. A talk about his JFK book will precede the retreat. Details are below.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

A staged reading and discussion

featuring author James W. Douglass

A dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable, a new readers’ theater play about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy, will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM, at theStudio@620, 620 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg. An acting ensemble of professional actors including Bob Devin Jones, Roxanne Fay, Tia Jamison and Bob Heitman will present the reading under the direction of Bonnie Agan. The reading is open to the public and admission will be “pay what you can” at the door.

In the actual words of the four assassinated leaders and the people surrounding the assassinations, the play challenges the silence that has surrounded these four “unspeakable” assassinations for decades and sheds light on the “unspeakables” of today: the covered-up crimes by elements in the U.S. government and corporations. The play also includes the words of courageous individuals who, despite government intimidation, refused to be silent about their knowledge of the assassinations, and challenges us to consider how we react toward our “unspeakables.” Douglass will lead the discussion after the reading. This reading is sponsored by Peace First, the St. Petersburg Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and Pax ChristiTampa Bay. For more information: (727) 439-0147; selmocabi@gmail.com For more information on the Studio@620 performance: http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/project-unspeakable

Sarasota reading: The PEACenter will present a dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. Author James Douglass will lead the discussion following the production. The reading is open to the public. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.sarasotapeacenter.org.

Project Unspeakable Asks the Big Questions” is a National Public Radio news story about a reading of the play. For an overview of Project Unspeakable, go tohttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247967234

For more on Project Unspeakable, go to the website athttp://projectunspeakable.com/

Note to those attending the Gandhi and the Unspeakable retreat: Jim Douglass recommends attending Project Unspeakable along with the retreat. The DayspringConference Center in Ellenton is between St. Petersburg and Sarasota, so retreatants can attend the Sarasota reading before the retreat or the St. Petersburgreading on the way home.

GANDHI AND THE UNSPEAKABLE: Join James W. Douglass for “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?”, a two-day retreat that explores Mohandas K. Gandhi’s confrontation with the Unspeakable through his nonviolent experiments with the infinite force of Truth.

“We are unconscious of the right questions to ask,” Douglass says of our deep denial of the “the Unspeakable”: assassinations on our doorstep, an unending war of terror, a total-surveillance empire, nuclear weapons poised to destroy all humanity, and catastrophic climate change. “I hope to raise a few. Gandhi offers us the right questions and the right directions about the Unspeakable. He is so truthful he sees the right questions, and they are the same as our questions, except in scope.”

The retreat is Saturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. It is at the DayspringConference Center, a wooded retreat center on the Manatee River just east ofBradenton (http://dayspring.dioswfl.org/) It will feature talks by Douglass, time for personal and group reflection, and worship. All meals are included. Registration deadline is March 20. More information is at http://paxchristiflorida.org/events/

Varying prices and scholarships are available. For a retreat brochure with a schedule, costs, and more details, go to

http://paxchristiflorida.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2014-pcf-retreat-brochure-final.pdf

“JFK and the Unspeakable”: Before the retreat, at 10:00 AM Saturday morning,Douglass will examine John F. Kennedy’s miraculous turning from the edge of a nuclear holocaust to a commitment for a disarmed world, a decision that cost him his life.

James W. Douglass was a co-founder of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence inWashington state to campaign against the building of a Trident submarine base and the installation of Trident nuclear missiles. He has travelled to the Middle East on several peace missions and stayed with Iraqi civilians during the 2003 U.S. invasion. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, Lightning East to West, and The Nonviolent Coming of God. He and his wife Shelley operate Mary’s House, a house of hospitality for homeless and indigent people in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a co-founder of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth.

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Two lectures of interest in Eckerd College Burchenal Lecture Series

A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts
Hal Taussig

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fox Hall, 7:30pm

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York (since 1999), Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (since 1993), and Co-Pastor of the Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia (since 1990). The most recent of his 13 published books are Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Pain and Trauma; A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts; The Thunder: Perfect Mind: An Introduction and New Translation; In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity.

“Because of Science I Have to Be an Atheist” and Other Fallacies of Our Age
Philip Clayton

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Fox Hall, 7:30pm

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of theology. A Christian theologian, he has been a leading advocate for interreligious dialogue, comparative theologies, and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. Among his 22 authored or edited books are Religion and Science: The Basics; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action; In Quest of Freedom; and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.

For more information on the Burchenal Lecture Series see http://www.eckerd.edu/csl/lectures.php.

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A Book Club Event: Catherine the Great

The Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church invites you to a live presentation of Nan Colton’s performance of Catherine the Great on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. This event will be held in the church at 107 16th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL. Parking is available in lot and on the street. A $5.00 donation is requested.

The church book club recommends the book, Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie, however you will thoroughly enjoy the performance if you have not read the book.

This live performance by Nan Colton will portray the Empress of Russia as a ruler and a woman. Many of her decisions are relevant to the world today. Come hear why this woman was named, “great.”

Nan Colton is a playwright, director, storyteller, actress, and arts educator having performed and lectured professionally on stages through South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. Nan has been the Performing-Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, for the the past 14 years, having researched, produced, and performed over 37 vastly different original scripted presentations that explain the art and the exhibition.

For more information, please contact Ann(aann@tampabar.rr.com).

Refreshments!
Door prizes!

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