Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Politics: A Kingdom without a King

If there is one topic that has threatened our relationships over the last two years, while at the same time filling our minds with either hope or fear, it's politics - but strangely, only at the national level. Why are we so obsessed with the actions of presidents but have no idea who our local congresspeople are, people we can actually influence? As so many classic stories, there is something in us that longs for a savior, a king, the perfect leader. But why? And where do we go from here?

Our speaker for the evening is Elaina Plott.

Elaina Plott is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering politics in Washington. She was previously a staff writer at Washingtonian, and a Buckley Fellow at National Review.

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Today's Promised Land: Love & Career
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Today's Promised Land: Love & Career

In his one commencement speech, just three years before he committed suicide, David Foster Wallace said that to be human is to have "the constant, gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing." How do we respond to that sense? By looking for love and accomplishment. To have both is the ultimate promised land of our culture. But why is it, that even when we get what we thought we wanted, it feels to most of us like we're still wandering in the wilderness?

The artist for the evening is Craig Paddock.

Craig Paddock is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was born and raised in America’s most musically historical city, New Orleans, Louisiana. But in a city where learning how to play an instrument takes precedence over learning how to ride a bike, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish oneself as a musician, especially if you play a genre other than jazz. Despite the odds, Craig Paddock has been able to hone his undeniably soulful voice and songwriting style to do just that.

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Creation & The Longing For Answers
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Creation & The Longing For Answers

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“It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.” - Mark Strand

The story of our existence, from the precision of the Big Bang, to the startlingly fortunate creation of our planet, to the lucky accidents at the cellular level, suggest a Creator with a plan and a purpose. But why would that Creator not make things more clear?

We will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Gregg Davidson and panelist Dr. Lillian Seu.

Dr. Gregg Davidson is chair of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi and conducts original research in geochemistry and hydrogeology, often employing radiometric dating methods to determine the age of groundwater and sediments. In 2009 he published a book about his keen interest in integrating a lifetime of studying geology with his firm conviction about the infallibility of God’s Word, When Faith & Science Collide – A Biblical Approach to Evaluating Evolution and the Age of the Earth.

Dr. Seu is an immunologist, having received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco. She then received an NIH Fogarty Clinical Research Fellowship in Zambia (2011-2014) to strengthen clinical laboratory diagnostics for infectious diseases. During these years, the Zambian Christian community evangelized the Gospel to her in life-changing ways. Currently, she works as a scientific investigator at Bristol-Myers Squibb developing cancer immunotherapies, and she is passionate about STEM mentorship.

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The artists for the evening are trumpeter Scott McIntosh and pianist Eileen Buck.

Scott McIntosh has toured Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, the Soviet Union, Canada, and the United States.  While a member of the Saturday Brass Quintet, he received the coveted First Prize in the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, May 1990. Mr. McIntosh has also won First Prize at the 1986 Korwin International Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 1986 Munich International Music Competition. He has served on the “distinguished artists” roster of both Affiliate Artists and Young Audiences.

Eileen Buck has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, and Denmark.  Ms. Buck has taught chamber music at Queens College and piano at Vassar. Currently, she serves on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music Preparatory Division and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, teaching piano and chamber music.

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Not All Who Wander are Lost
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Not All Who Wander are Lost

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Are we all part of one, large story? What can we learn from the history of humanity? And where are we heading? Join us as we unpack these questions and open up a dialogue for the next year.

The artist for this evening is Nate Miller. Nate is an independent vocalist and songwriter originally from the Washington, DC area now living in Los Angeles, CA.

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