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Wednesday, March 28, 2024: Announcements from Knox (book study), John Dear (non-violence speaker), Music License, Ending White Supremacy and a film "Common Ground"

Wednesday, March 28, 2024: Announcements from Knox (book study), John Dear (non-violence speaker), Music License, Ending White Supremacy and a film "Common Ground"

Announcement from Knox/Thanksgiving Church

Book discussion group at Knox/Thanksgiving Church

Dear Friends,

Your friends in the Knox Presbyterian/Thanksgiving Lutheran faith community (“United By Grace”) would like to invite your folks to a series of meetings to discuss the book, Raising Kids Beyond the Binary: Celebrating God’s Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children, by Jamie Bruesehoff (Broadleaf Books, 2023). The book has received much acclaim in the LGBTQIA+ community.


Please join us for in-person meetings, to take place at Knox/Thanksgiving Church,

1650 W. Third St., Santa Rosa, on the following Wednesdays

at 6:30 pm:

April 10th, April 17th, April 24th, and May 1st.


As the publisher states, “Rich with personal stories, research, and practical steps, this book dares to dream of a church and a world transformed by the bold and joyful acceptance and celebration of transgender and gender-diverse children and youth. These children need us, and the world needs them” (Broadleaf Books website).


We would appreciate an RSVP for anyone planning to attend. For more information, contact We’ll respond to RSVPs with an outline of the readings for each session.

We are attaching a flier for the event, which we hope you can put to use. Please also see the attached press release for additional details, including our church’s Welcoming Statement.


Blessings to you!



Knox Presbyterian Church

Thanksgiving Lutheran Church

Santa Rosa, California

Dear friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace to you!



Announcement from John Dear:

The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time.

On Saturday, April 13th



(Michael Nagler)

As we begin Holy Week and walk with the nonviolent Jesus to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I invite you to join me in meditating on the nonviolence of Jesus and trying to deepen our own nonviolence so that we might be better disciples of his. As Marie Dennis pointed out last week during her great zoom presentation, Pope Francis calls us to “greater nonviolence.” I think the study, pursuit, practice, and spread of Gospel nonviolence is the greatest need in the world today. Please join me in building a new national conversation on Gospel nonviolence.


I’m very pleased to welcome my friend Dr. Michael Nagler, one of the leading U.S. teachers of nonviolence, to join us for a zoom presentation on nonviolence on Saturday, April 13th.


Michael Nagler is an author, lecturer, founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence (See: He is also professor emeritus of peace studies at U.C. Berkeley and founder of its program. His books include “The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action;” “The Search for a Nonviolent Future;” and “The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature.”


During his presentation, he will reflect on the nonviolence of Gandhi and Dr. King and how we can practice it and apply it today in our current crises of global violence. Please come and listen to this great teacher of nonviolence, and invite your friends and colleagues to register as well!


Michael Nagler

 “Gandhi made extravagant claims for nonviolence, which I believe are absolutely and without exaggeration true,” Michael Nagler writes. “He backed them with his character -- and more importantly, with his life.  No one can accuse Gandhi of distortion or hyperbole with any justice. Among his claims were that nonviolence was infallible and that it is human nature, thus human destiny.  He also claimed and demonstrated that it can be offered and practiced by anyone of any race, class, or gender, and of any age. 


He showed, through his Shanti Sena (Peace Army), All-India Spinning Association and other organizations, that nonviolence can be institutionalized.  With Martin Luther King, he warned that we have no real choice but to learn it and engage it wherever possible: our only choice is ‘nonviolence or non-existence.’


 “In my presentation, I will try to address all these claims, including the understanding of human nature today in science and the historical record of nonviolent efforts since Gandhi's time.  Finally, I will reflect on Dr. King's famous question, ‘Where do we go from here?’  Where and how can we apply this great force -- as Gandhi showed it was – to today’s seemingly insurmountable problems?” Join us as we pursue “greater nonviolence”!

To register, visit


The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time.

On Saturday, April 13th


You will receive the zoom link a few days beforehand, so be on the lookout, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at

Scholarships are available.


See you then! God bless you all! -- Fr. John


PS. Next week, I head out again to speak in Springfield, Mass; Binghamton, NY; Erie, PA; Harlem, NYC; Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, and many other places. Hope to see you along the Way! Please consider signing up for my in-person weekend retreat on my book, “The Gospel of Peace” near Stroudsburg, PA, on May 3-5; see … or my in-person week long retreat on “Following the Nonviolent Jesus,” July 17-21, at the Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, MD, near Baltimore; see


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ONE LICENSE (where we license our music).

Re: Follow up: Update Annual Reprint License for music used in your liturgies no. 611303 - Emmaus: An Inclusive Catholic Community

From Gabrielle Adams (ONE LICENSE)

Mar 21, 2024, 2:51 PM CDT

Hi Linda Wildman,


Our Podcast / Streaming License permissions are a collection of copyright permissions that allow organizations to share worship service videos, whether pre-recorded or live-streamed, using copyrighted music from our participating Member Publishers, via the internet (church’s website, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Zoom, GoogleHangouts, etc).


As you may already be aware, additional licensing permissions are required for the online use of copyrighted titles. In order to use copyrighted titles from ONE LICENSE Member Publishers in your online worship services you must hold a Podcast / Streaming License with us. Without adequate licensing permissions for the copyrighted music in online services, you do not have the copyright holder's permission to use those titles and all videos should be taken down immediately.


Please reply here to authorize the additional permissions for your account. Please also provide the date of your first on-line worship service. We can backdate the license and prorate the invoice to ensure any earlier copyright usage is covered. Most of our License Holders began worshiping on-line in mid-March 2020.

Thank you for contacting ONE LICENSE! Have a great day.

Gabrielle Adams

License Holder Support Agent, ONE LICENSE

Inspiring congregational song

Updates, tutorial videos, and more at:


from Linda Wildman

Mon, Mar 25, 1:40 PM (20 hours ago) to ONE, me, Peter

Good morning Gabrielle - thank you for your follow up email.


We did begin using Zoom in 2020 and included music in our liturgies. Our congregation meets twice a month, 2nd and 4th Sundays.  We are a small community averaging about 20-30 people.  Attendance varies.  Currently pay $210 annually which covers weekly in person services for 26-100 people. 


To cover broadcasting our liturgies over Zoom, we will need to pay an additional $80 annually.  We currently owe $80 for each of the years: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 for a total of $400.


If this is correct, please send an invoice for the $400.


Thank you again,

Linda Wildman, for the Emmaus Community


Updates, tutorial videos, and more at:

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ANNONCEMENT from Faithful America:

Faithful America is a voice for Christians who are committed to the Gospel call for inclusion, racial healing, equity and fairness.

I had the pleasure of watching their hour long webinar called "Giving Up White Supremacy: Taking the Logs from Our Own Eyes" with the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart and Leslye Colvin. It’s the last in  a series of Lenten semonars from Faithful America.


Watch on YouTube with this link:

From Faithful America: “This is a powerful, vulnerable, moving, educational, and spirit-filled hour and a half as we discussed white supremacy in Catholic and mainline Protestant (particularly Episcopal) churches, and we are so grateful to both Gayle and Leslye for their prophetic witness. At the heart of their presentations lay this important question: What are you willing to risk?

If you missed the live webinar -- or would like to rewatch or share the video with your church community -- you can see and share the recording on either Faithful America's new YouTube channel or on our Facebook page.”


Lastly, here are some of the books and other resources we mentioned during the webinar.

(Please note that when you use these affiliate links from Bookshop, both Faithful America and independent bookstores will receive a share of the profits rather than tech billionaires.)

•               Works by the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

o               Book: "Black and Episcopalian: The Struggle for Inclusion"

o               Book: "Preaching Black Lives (Matter)"

o               Journal article (PDF): "To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race, and the Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era"

•               Works by Leslye Colvin

o               Blog: Leslye's Labyrinth

o               Sermon for this Good Friday at Catholic Women Preach, on resisting systems of power and oppression

•               Organizations and resources recommended by our speakers

o               Just Faith Ministries, offering multiple resources, modules, and programs

o               NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

o               Pax Christi USA and its Racial Justice page

o               Episcopal Church Office of Racial Reconciliation

o               The Union of Black Episcopalians

•               Our previous webinar, "Giving Up White Supremacy: The 'White' in White Christian Nationalism" on YouTube and Facebook


Thank you for everything you do to love your neighbor, work for racial justice, and give penance for white supremacy during Lent and all year long.

In peace,

- Rev. Nathan (he/him), Karli (she/her), Rev. Hunter (he/him), and the Faithful America team


"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." - Colossians 3:14


An important film:

Here's the trailer:

Please RSBVP using this link:

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