125th Anniversary Celebration

Week 1 – March 13 – 15

Friday Film Screening 3/13 – A Deeper Relationship with Nature

Purchase tickets for screening & presentation here ($20)

8 pm – Ami Vitale on “Stories about our home, our future, and the interdependence of all life.” (following film screening)

  • Ami Vitale is recognized as one of the world’s most humane and
    Amy Vitale

    empathetic visual storytellers, traveling to more than 100 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. She is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos and recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love, on the secret lives of pandas. Vitale was the subject of the Mission Cover Shot series on the National Geographic Channel as well as another documentary series featuring Madagascar (Over the Islands of Africa). She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries.  She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, an organization of renowned female scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers  working together to create powerful and persuasive stories that shed light on the hardships women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them.

Saturday Symposium 3/14 – Cultural History Day with Keynote by Obi Kaufmann (Free)

Please RSVP for Saturday events here: tiny.cc/Mar14RSVP

Session 1: Foundation and Roots: the Church in its Contexts

  • Ted Bosley just recently departed as director of the famed Gamble House in Pasadena, where he served as curator for 28 years. He did much to further position the Gamble House as a national and international model of heritage conservation.Ted also wrote and lectured widely on historic architecture and decorative arts of the period 1890 to 1920.
  • Leslie Freudenheim has been a widely respected author and lecturer on modern architecture, preservation, and city planning since 1971. Among her publications are Building with Nature, Roots of the San Francisco Bay Region Style, Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home, and Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Played with Blocks, A Short Biography for Children of All Ages.
  • Dr. Paul Ivey is Professor of Art History teaching Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Arizona. He researches the built environments of esoteric and alternative American religions and communal groups. He is the author of Radiance from Halcyon, Prayers in Stone, and his upcoming work, Building Respectability, studies the international building movement and issues of church preservation and reuse in the 21st century.

Session 2: Painting with Light: William Keith, George Inness, & Bruce Porter

  • Rev. Dr. Jim Lawrence

    Rev. Dr. Jim Lawrence is Dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies and Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He spent 17 years in parish ministry in rural, suburban and urban settings, including as Senior Pastor of the SF Swedenborgian Church. He has contributing along the way as publisher, editor and author to more than 30 works.

  • Adrienne Baxter-Bell is Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, NY. She is the author of “George Inness and the Visionary Landscape” (2003) and “George Inness: Writings and Reflections on Art and Philosophy” (2007). She is completing “Charles Caryl Coleman in Gilded Age Italy,” a critical study on the artist that will contain the first catalogue of Coleman’s work. Dr. Bell will talk about the artist George Inness in California and his friendship with Charles Keith, whose paintings adorn this church.
  • Dr. Holly Mitchem holds a PhD in Art History and Religion, has over 25 years of fine art appraisal experience, and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) for whom she has served on the Governing Board and the Board of Examiners. Ms. Mitchem often manages large projects involving a variety of personal property disciplines, for which she assembles and supervises teams of appraisal professionals with expertise in these disciplines.

Session 3: Visionary Futures: Expanding the New Jerusalem

  • Colette Walker is a PhD candidate in Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley who has written and taught on the mystical in modern art. She wrote an article comparing the aesthetics of Rudolph Steiner and Vassily Kandinsky in charting a new direction for society. Her PhD topic is “The Mystical-Utopian Turn in Modern Art” 
  • Dr. Kristen Schaffer, associate professor of architecture at North Carolina State University, is a respected scholar of modern American architecture and city planning. She has written extensively on the architect Daniel Burnham. In 2010 she appeared in the PBS documentary “Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.”
  • Dr. Gray Brechin is a historical geographer, the author of Imperial San Francisco, Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, now considered a classic of urban studies. He is a frequent radio and television guest, and a popular public speaker. Dr Brechin is currently a visiting scholar in the U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography and founder and project scholar of The Living New Deal

4:30–5:30 — Keynote with Obi Kaufmann

  • Obi Kaufman is an artist, author, naturalist, and forthright
    Obi Kaufman

    environmental advocate. He is the author and illustrator of two widely popular books: The California Field Atlas, and The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Growing up in the East Bay, Obi spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Sunday Celebration 3/15 – Spirit and Nature (Free)

Anniversary celebration! Plus, discovering Nature in the City – or in your own backyard. All events on Sunday are free to attend, but an RSVP is required due to space limitations. RSVP here: tiny.cc/Mar15_RSVP!

1 pm – “A Love Letter to Nature in the City” – Lila Higgins, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles