“An Ultimate Concern”
The Life & Work of Flannery O’Connor
Thursday, June 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Bannan 102 Auditorium, Bannan Science Building
Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
“The only concern, so far as I see it, is what Tillich calls the ultimate concern. It is what makes the stories spare and what gives them any permanent quality they may have.”
Organized by Crossroads Seattle Cultural Center and featuring Image editor Gregory Wolfe, this multi-media presentation will offer insights into the life and art of American writer Flannery O’Connor.
A collage made up of film and audio clips—including O’Connor’s own voice—dramatic readings, and narrative background, “An Ultimate Concern” will delve into this Southern writer’s enigmatic stories and their provocative use of violence and the grotesque.
This event is an opportunity to encounter Flannery O’Connor through her own words, in order to enter into the heart of her thought, her stories, her personality, and her brief but intensely fulfilled life.
Sponsored by Crossroads Seattle.
Co-sponsored by Image.
This event is free and open to the public. More details here.
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
Monday, June 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company
Richard Chess is the author for four books of poetry: Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, and Third Temple. His poems have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry.
He is an award winning professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In recent years, he has become active in the national movement exploring the use of contemplative pedagogy in higher education. At UNC Asheville, he has played a leading role in the contemplative pedagogy and practice initiative which began there in 2011.
On Love Nailed to the Doorpost: “Sweet poems, personal poems, that resonate with the flavor and wistful spirituality of the Jewish people and our long impassioned history. Rick Chess’s poems are quietly honest and real, companions for our own sad journeys, at home or abroad, in these sunset days on earth. A book to savor and contemplate, for its depth and wisdom.” —Norman Fischer, author of What is Zen: Plain Talk For a Beginner’s Mind and any would be if (poems).