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Festival Center: "A Revolution of the Heart" April 2017 Newsletter

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
- Dorothy Day

Dear Friend,

2017 has been a wonderful year at the Festival Center and there’s much more to come!

Amazing neighbors, activists, and organizations have found an oasis at the Festival Center! This year the folks from HIPS, the Community Forum on Immigrant Rights, #DisruptJ20 (now Resist This), the People’s Climate Movement, and Bread for the City have all found at the Festival Center much needed space to organize and continue the work of fighting for positive change. Offering space at low and flexible cost to mission-driven groups like these is one of the essential ministries of the Center and our way of supporting movements for justice.

 No More Heroes:A Panel & Discussion at the Festival Center on March 22, 2017(No More Heroes:A Panel & Discussion at the Festival Center on March 22, 2017)

Soteria Community School. In March, Soteria partnered with Potter’s House to host a panel discussion on No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty. The author joined local DC activists from organizations, such as MLOV and DC Fair Budget Coalition, to discuss the challenges of the nonprofit industrial complex and opportunities for change. That night, the Festival Center was filled with over 100 people of all ages to discuss and imagine alternative ways of working alongside communities facing oppression.

As Soteria closes a vibrant Spring semester, it prepares for an exciting summer. On June 9, 2017, Tevyn East, a Discipleship Year alumnus, will bring the theatrical performances of Holy Fool Arts to the Festival Center. Tevyn combines Jewish and Christian spirituality with the arts and invites the audience to cultivate deep solidarity with other and with the Earth. Holy Fool Arts will perform “Wade Through Deep Water,” an unapologetically feminist piece that integrates the work of Thomas Merton, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, and Miriam of the book of Exodus to speak about water as a threatened and life-giving resource.

Discipleship Year. The volunteers of Discipleship Year have settled in to their new home on Ontario Road and, in April, they went on retreat to the Chesapeake Bay. Their time on retreat fostered rich conversations on race, colonialism, and gender and was made possible through the generosity of community members. As their year comes to a close in August, the Festival Center is already making contacts in preparation for next year’s volunteers.

Want to get involved?


  • Focus Group. You, our close and faithful friends, are invited to join us for a Focus Group on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm at the Festival Center. If you cannot attend the Focus Group, please feel free to complete this Questionnaire. We want to hear from you!
  • Donate. You can donate to the Festival Center online here. Or, you can donate by sending a check payable to the “Festival Center” to The Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC 20009.
  • Volunteer. If you have time, skills, or resources you’d like to share, please let us know!

All of your contributions help provide spiritual and material resources for movements for justice.

With gratitude,

Jay Forth
Executive Director
The Festival Center

P.S. Your gift furthers the work of equipping people for lives of faith in action!