As Jesus' death sentence loomed ahead, he engaged in conversation after conversation with people seeking meaning and perspective: A teacher of religion. A minority woman. A disabled man. Grieving sisters. Beginning March 1 and for the following Wednesdays of Lent, we will read the Biblical accounts of those conversations and consider how those encounters with Jesus speak to us today.
Join DC Stampede and Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) to write letters to elders who are incarcerated. RAPP will share a bit about their work to get aging prisoners back to their families and communities.
We'll provide all the materials and a quick "how to" for writing to people in prison. It'll be a good chance to meet and hang out with other folks who are fighting for change.
This book is like a majestic table around which are gathered an extraordinary, international assembly of people who share stories about the nature of their daily work-and even more importantly-they bear witness to their experiences struggling against systems of local and global oppression. In a single location, SHIFTING THE UNIVERSE brings together the voices of 18 unlikely companions.
What does creativity look like in today’s digital landscape? Join us for a roundtable with new media strategists from across Washington, D.C.’s most prominent museums to discuss just that and what it means for the future of social media and web design.
The workshop is geared toward folks who are newer to activism and motivated by energy from the Women's March or anger at this administration's rhetoric and policies. This is also for folks who may be confused by critiques of the women's march, and want to understand how to better act in solidarity with others.
There are some conversations you could not have prepared for, but then you stand amazed and grateful you could be part of them. How do those conversations happen? In the Firelight Wisdom Circle, we will practice careful listening and clear speaking to each other. We will invite one another to risk sharing what's most valued in our minds, hearts, and souls based on our lived experience and the wisdom of our being.
Join Embrace Yoga DC teachers on the first Monday of each month at the landmark café/bookstore, Potter’s House, for a free community yoga class. This flowing open level vinyasa yoga class is an expression of love to our community. Dive in, flow and celebrate life with some of the Embrace Your Flow teachers and friends! Open to all levels. Bring a yoga mat, a smile, and a friend.
SURJ DC is working with a coalition of organizations including Rising Hearts, Black Lives Matter DC, and 350 DC as part of a divestment coalition to push for divestment from financial institutions funding the construction of DAPL and other disastrous big oil projects that threaten indigenous lives and communities.
Join a group created especially for Grandparents and their grandchildren! Have a cup of coffee and share ideas, anecdotes and helpful advice, as well as entertain your grandchildren in a group setting.Each meeting will have a general theme related to the special relationship between grandchildren and grandparents as well as stories/songs for the children.
This event is a collaboration between the Potter's House and the students and faculty of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at George Mason University. We are hosting this open mic to celebrate our 5th annual research conference, Theorizing Linkages, Practicing Solidarity: Feminist Approaches to Conflict Resolution.
Join us for the Recovery Cafe Open Mic! All DMV recovery communities, musicians, artists, supporters, families, friends are invited! This event is open to all.
In Partnership with The Potters House of Washington, DC, Recovery Cafe has a vibrant and much loved history. With a renovation complete, let's reignite the hope that anyone going through Recovery of any type, has a place to come and express themselves as they find their way. You will be supported at this open mic.
Soulful Movement: explore full-bodied creative exploration through breath, movement and imagination.
People have been gathering in coffee houses, pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life,philosophy,faith and deep questions of meaning. We are rediscovering the coffee house/pub as a safe,open space to explore and express questions and questions, learn from others,and engage one another of caring religious traditions or of none. As our society becomes increasingly fractured these public conversations are not only welcomed,but needed. The Chapel of Mary invites you to come, bring your questions and pull up a chair
As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today.
Love in a Time of Hate tells the gripping tale of Magda and André Trocmé, the couple that transformed a small town in the mountains of southern France into a place of safety during the Holocaust. At great risk to their own lives, the Trocmés led efforts in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to hide more than three thousand Jewish children and adults who were fleeing the Nazis.
Join us in welcoming author & activist Jaimee Garbacik on Thursday, April 20 at 7pm. Jaimee will present her newest work Ghosts of Seattle Past: An Anthology of Lost Seattle Places, a collection of interviews, essays, comix and art commemorating places in Seattle lost to development, gentrification, and neglect.
Invisible Knapsack makes people laugh while also speaking to truths about the most pressing social justice issues of our time. A subversive improv comedy show named for Peggy McIntosh’s seminal article unpacking the daily effects of white privilege, Invisible Knapsack aims to unpack, examine, and scramble the harmful “isms” and power paradigms that exist in life and on stage.
In an age where social media can often reinforce cultural divides and render discussion shallow, bookstores are a key space for substantive dialogue about our common future. Local, independent bookstores provide a forum for complex stories and support communities in thinking more deeply about our changing world.
Come hear four inspirational leaders share their joys and pains on the path of deeper calling and inspired action. Come hear what they did, what God did, what has happened, and what comes next. Learn how they are serving communities, empowering others, and seeking justice. And, come to nurture your calling to change the world.
Come swap your once-loved, still awesome articles for some new threads. Set up boutique-style, the swap is a unique opportunity to come together, share your style, and clear your closet. Simply bring your gently used (washed/pressed) clothing and accessory items that no longer excite you and go home with free new-to-you options. Come out and mix and mingle with EcoWomen to expand your network and wardrobe!
Join others to explore calling by sharing experiences, gifts, and desires. Honor stories, questions, insights, faith, and doubt. Welcome how your sense of call might open you – and others – to something greater. These discussions have no rules or requirements. All are welcome.
In this political moment of history, Christian theologian Walter Wink offers a lens through which to consider a spiritually grounded, non-violent response to that which pushes our every button.
Beginning Monday March 6, join Pastor Becca Stelle for a six-week study of Walter Wink's "The Powers That Be."
Recognized as a "fearless, electrifying and charismatic presence", Simone Baron, improvises, interprets, experiments, and arranges her way through classical, chamber jazz, and global music on the accordion and piano, and has performed internationally throughout Europe, Israel and North America.
In her Dorset Prize-winning new collection, Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. One Hundred Hungers tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines.
Please join us for our inaugural Book Club Meeting. We'll be discussing "Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal" with the author. Elizabeth White, at Potter's House in Washington, DC, Sunday, March 19 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Join others for a time of creative listening, sharing, and reflection about calling. Come to trust your experiences, gifts, and desires. Come to honor your story and how it can empower you. Come to welcome how your sense of call might open you – and others – to something greater.
“Art Between Us” is the DMV's quarterly all-women’s event for an all-women audience. (All persons who identify as women are welcome!) In an effort to create safe spaces for ladies from marginalized arts communities, “Art Between Us” aims to encourage creativity, develop sisterhood within the arts, and build a support network for women and girls of all backgrounds to connect with each other over artistic expression and celebrate our diverse voices and experiences in a space that's just for us.
Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, the first Twoc in DC to Publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya's Daughters 2013) and considered one of the most prolific artist of our time, will be reading work from her 8th and newest book The Blood of A Thousand Roots from which emerges a discussion centered on healing from generational trauma, Art as a form as Advocacy and why it is important to fund the work of Trans artist. Come join us for this special Women's History Month event and partake in the words of this incredible writer.
Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.
Do you have a home based business in Adams Morgan? Do you want to start-up a home based business and are interested in learning from others who’ve done that successfully? Or do you work from the Potter's House and wonder who else there might be based in Adams Morgan too?
The largely unexamined and often forgotten history of more than a hundred years of Cuban exile, migration, diaspora, and community formation
The Emerge Project invites you to join us in celebrating and cultivating the ingenuity of Black people in South Africa and Brazil. Our project goals are exciting and ambitious, and we can't do it without you! Come be a part of this movement and help us get to lift-off.
A discussion with Jacobin editor Matt Karp on slavery and struggles over control of the US state.
This event will celebrate the release of Matt Karp's first book, "This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy"
Splinterlands is a new dystopian novel that looks backward from the year 2050 at what went wrong. How did the world – and one man’s family – fall apart? From Brexit to Hurricane Donald to tomorrow's headlines, Splinterlands describes a fictional future that is fast becoming fact. John Feffer will talk about how closely his dystopian novel tracks with global developments and the first month of the Trump administration.
Learn about an important housing fight happening at Brookland Manor. Tenants there a fighting back against a development plan that would demolish their homes and displace their families. Come to the Potter’s House on Feb 20th to find out how you can stand in solidarity and help them win.
Join Jennie Gosche´, founder of Polar Bear Pals®, and polar bear photographer, for an exhibit of some of her photographs from a recent trip to Kaktovik. She will provide a presentation about the Alaskan polar bears and the impact of climate change as experienced by people and polar bears in Kaktovik. All of the framed photos will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alaskan wildlife and environmental conservation organizations.
In 1933, folklorists John and Alan Lomax went inside Louisiana’s Angola prison and made a series of recordings that are celebrated to this day. Eighty years later, filmmaker and ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert followed in the Lomaxes’ footsteps, visiting Angola and other Louisiana penitentiaries to document the state of prison music today.
Oliver Baez Bendorf
Zeina Hashem Beck
Potentially to also include Dane Edidi and Venus Selenite (poets from the Collective)
This reading, hosted by So to Speak journal, will raise monetary funds to support the DC Trans Women of Color Collective. A suggested admission donation of $5 will be collected at the door. Larger donations are welcome and encouraged.
An epic queer literary event.
Imogen Binnie - Nevada
Jericho Brown - The New Testament
Alexander Chee - The Queen of the Night
Tom Cho - Look Who's Morphing
Lucy Corin - One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses
Melissa Febos - Abandon Me
Holly Hughes - Memories of the Revolution
Tennessee Jones - Deliver Me From Nowhere
Eileen Myles - Chelsea Girls
Morgan Parker - There are Things More Beautiful Than Beyonce
Hosted by Michelle Tea - Black Wave
Please join us for an afternoon tea (plus coffee and pastries and fresh fruit!) featuring readers from Belladonna* Collaboratve, Nightboat Books, and the EARSHOT reading series at DC's beloved activist bookstore.
We marched. We chanted. And now we're taking even more action. Join us at the Potter's House (between Adam's Morgan & Columbia Heights) this Monday, January 30th to take part in the first of 10 Actions in 100 Days. Join us to write a postcard to key Senators about what matter's most to you - and how you're going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We'll provide postcards, stamps, pens, and a list of which representatives are most important to contact. Join us - and bring friends!
Join us for the Levine Music end of semester jazz recital, featuring teen and adult jazz students enrolled in Jazz @ Levine! Students will perform in small and large ensembles directed by Levine's expert jazz faculty. All are welcome!
Lifted from the rich traditions of storytelling in Uganda, this book seeks to capture the stories of war, heartache, faith and forgiveness in one community from the moving perspective of one conflict survivor. The powerful stories and stunning photography in Enduring the Night shine a light on children in conflict zones worldwide and how one person can make a difference.
For nine years, Brett Trapp kept a secret journal of thoughts on being same-sex attracted and Christian, knowing one day he'd shout the story he feared most.
On a Wednesday morning in late 2016, he logged on Facebook and began shouting...
He started by publishing a Gossip Guide to his sexuality—a cheeky way to let friends know his secret. He then began sharing the vivid details of his story through a 44-episode memoir, published as one episode per day. Each episode combined visually-rich prose and stunning photography. He called the story Blue Babies Pink.
The night before the presidential inauguration, social movement leaders and progressive policy voices will gather at The Potter’s House for a Teach-In on Trump’s plans for our world and ways we can resist them. In quick presentations, they will bring us up to speed on the incoming administration’s policy goals and the disastrous effects they will bring for vulnerable communities if implemented. Together we will consider how we can disrupt this destructive vision and build mass movements for justice and peace in what is sure to be an uphill battle.