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Goostree Lectures featuring Al Staggs

July 21, 2019 | 9:30 am10:30 am

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July 21, 2019
9:30 am – 10:30 am
800 West 5th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary Services
2:00 – 4:00 pm | Wesley Hall
“A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary Services

In his first presentation, during our 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary Services, performing artist Al Staggs will invite us into the prison cell where Bonhoeffer, awaiting execution, reveals his personal struggles with faith, evil, injustice, and God. In this heartwrenching-yet-inspiring performance, we’ll have an opportunity to sit with prisoner Bonhoeffer, feel his moral outrage against the Nazi treatment of Jews, and gain perspective on his journey from observation to action — and the deeply moral commitment that ultimately cost him his life.  You’ll leave this highly acclaimed presentation pondering your own faith journey —  what it might take for you to move from being an admirer of Jesus to being a follower — and what the cost of discipleship might be for you.

Al Staggs has presented this highly acclaimed, original one-person dramatization worldwide to churches, synagogues, colleges and organizations including the Chautauqua Institution; Trinity Church, New York; the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; the International Arts Festival in Caux, Switzerland; Riverside Church, New York as well as more than one hundred colleges and seminaries and hundreds of churches representing a wide diversity of denominational affiliation.

“Laughter is the Best Medicine”
2:00 – 4:00 pm | Wesley Hall

Following his Bonhoeffer presentation, Staggs will be back at 2:00 pm in Wesley Hall with “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” an assortment of zany comedic impressions that will demonstrate the importance of humor in aiding our spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

What do Bonhoeffer’s perils have to do with the healing power of humor? 

“Despite the context of Bonhoeffer’s life of danger, his subversive political activity, and his imprisonment, he often cited the importance of humor for emotional and spiritual survival,” Staggs explains. “In one of his famous ‘Letters and Papers from Prison,’  Bonhoeffer encourages his best friend, Eberhard Bethge, to ‘spread hilaritus all around.’

“Discovering this attribute about a man whose legacy I’ve greatly admired only caused me to respect him even more since this quality made him much more human. Bonhoeffer’s love of humor confirmed to me that his love of levity likely gave him significant strength during the challenges he faced in his brief life.”

There is no charge for either these presentations, thanks to funding from the Goostree Lectures Fund.