Archive for August 2016

Introducing “The Telling Project”

Introducing “The Telling Project”

a telling projectJonathan Wei, the founder and director of The Telling Project, is a playwright, writer and producer. Jonathan’s dramatic work has been staged at the Guthrie Theater, Library of Congress; Maryland Center for the Performing arts; The Alley Theater in Houston, Texas; and Portland Centre Stage in Portland, Oregon among others.  His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Village Voice, Iowa Review, and the North American Review and Glimmer Train, and his work featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Inside Higher Ed, the Associated Press, and National Public Radio.  He has received support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Metabolic Studios, Minnesota Humanities Center, Humanities Iowa, Oregon Humanities Center and others.  Jonathan lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

 

The Telling Project began with Jonathan Wei working with a veteran’s student discussion group in order to help them have meaningful conversations about their experiences. This discussion has led to a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world.

Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced 40+ original performances, put over 180 veterans and family members on stage and performed in 16 states across the nation.  The cast members are all local veterans where the production is being presented. So far productions have been in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Houston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, San Antonio, Tampa Bay, San Antonio and many other locations plus more are scheduled.

Jonathan will be involving five veterans from the local San Antonio cast in his presentation.

The Telling Project will soon be launching a new forum for veterans to tell their stories. It is called “Planting the Oar.”

The East Alabama Chapter

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John Michno

John Michno

2213 Breckenridge Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
United States

jbmichno@gmail.com

(417) 459-1393

Interim pastor for local churches in Kansas and International churches.

Paul Wanshon

Paul Wanshon

11912 Teeside Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
United States

paulwanshon771@hotmail.com

(540) 842-0457

Hello to one and all. So, after leaving the service in 2006, I went to work as a GS employee at the Pentagon, Office of Chief of Public Affairs where I worked on contracting and other tasks, while continuing my education. Then in 2009 I was hired by another organization and currently work at an ODNI Center, the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC), where I am a Program Manager. My duties have been; the development of a National Recruitment Program, currently I have running the NVTC Language Quality Program that I developed, and the Program Lead/Manager for the development and contract award of a Business Management System. I still enjoy the outdoor life, biking, fishing, and kayaking as much as possible, and building furniture for others. My wife and I will celebrate our 20th year together in 2017, and our daughter is like her old man a very talented and accomplished dancer at the age of 13. If my illness stays in check I will retire again in 2018 and begin my travels around the world. Well, that’s about all. I hope everyone is having a great time and are all blessed with health and a good life under God’s watch.

J. Roger Dill

J. Roger Dill

18 Andrew Circle
Cold Spring, KY 41076-1888, KY 41076-1888
United States

rogerdill1@gmail.com

(252) 995-2010

Active congregant in a small Lutheran Church, ELCA, (I am UM, but where I need to be right now). I cover hospital and shut-in visitation and pulpit supply as needed.

Robert Glenn Patterson

Robert Glenn Patterson

1807 Stoddard St
P O Box 250
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-0250
United States

revrgp@yahoo.com

(785) 434-6091

I am now retired clergy United Methodist Church; Great Plains Conference, (Kansas – Nebraska)
Retired having served in the US Army Reserve and ILARNG – Senior Enlisted Chaplain Assistant 1975 -2000
Served in 102d ARCOM; ILARNG; 5th Army HQ Chaplain Office, IMA; USAR/AGR 1986-2000;
Now living in Cape Girardeau, MO

OTIS ARTIS SMITH

OTIS ARTIS SMITH

134 OAK BEND DRIVE
STOCKBRIDGE, GEORGIA 30281
United States

lovsmith@bellsouth.net

(770) 474-5626

AFTER 39 YEARS IN THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY EARLINE AND I RETIRED NEAR THE ATLANTA AIRPORT. THE AIRPORT ALLOWED US TO CARRY OUT ONE OF OUR LAST OFFICIAL MINISTRIES IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH(USA). WE BECAME VOLUNTEER MISSIONARIES TO MALAWI, AFRICA. MY MISSION WORK WAS JUST AS REWARDING AND EXCITING AS MY 23 YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY. NOW AT 82 WE ATTEND THE LOCAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND TRAVEL FROM ONE VACATION SPOT TO ANOTHER.

David Sobel

David Sobel

21134 Carmel Hills
San Antonio, TX 78259
United States

OHthenowTX@aol.com

(210) 481-3463

I made my decision to follow Jesus and make Him Lord of my life while serving in Nekoma N.D. While having lunch with Pastor Gunhus a few weeks ago in San Antonio I was able to share with him how that was the defining moment of my life. Little did he know that I had I had been raised in a Jewish home. In fact G.T Anne Ron and Nan were the first Christians I had ever met. G.T. and Anne were insistent that I give a public testimony that first Saturday to a youth conference. I was scared to death but Anne said it would be OK. I was medically discharged from the Army and went to work for the DOD and after years I was medically retired from the DOD. I shared with G.T. that I had worked with home missions at The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches as a church planter in Columbus Ohio, Dublin Ohio and Newington Connecticut. These were churches that were started on purpose instead of the traditional model of starting a church via Bible Study. I told G.T. that I thought I had one more Church in my old bones. However the model would be different.

Robert Baker

Robert Baker

p.o.box 217
263 Hall Road
Stonewall, LA. 71078
United States

bakerscr7@yahoo.com

(318) 925-2202

retired in 2010 from the Army Chaplain Corps. Active in my local church.

Henry (Hank) Hilliard

Henry (Hank) Hilliard

hhilliard1779@charter.net

Retired the third time at age 75. Will celebrate 60 years of ordained ministry on 15 JUL16. Active in Masonic Lodge and currently serving as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of NC. I’m sure a number of you come to Ridgecrest and Montreat…give us a call. (828) 669-1779