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Anne Lamott: Almost Everything & conversation with John Dear on peace

Monday, May 20, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Location Details:
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service presents

Anne Lamott
Reading from "Almost Everything" & Conversing with Rev. John Dear
"On Peace and Nonviolence"

General admission: 7:00pm-9:00pm - $25. See
Pre-event reception with Anne Lamott, John Dear, Louie Vitale and Ken Butigan
5:00pm-6:30pm - $75 Space is limited
All proceeds to Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and their project Campaign Nonviolence.
Co-sponsored by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Grace Cathedral

"I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen." -Anne Lamott

Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, "doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated"--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. "All truth is paradox," Lamott writes, "and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change." That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but "to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'"

In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.

Anne Lamott is the New York Times best-selling author of Almost Everything; Traveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Some Assembly Required; Plan B; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; and other books.

Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, priest, teacher of nonviolence, coordinator of Campaign Nonviolence, and author of many books. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Added to the calendar on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 1:29AM
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