Special ACP Programs and Events Archives

Freiman Stoltzfus – Soundtrack for a Painting

Saturday 7 September at 20h

In the summer of 1999, Freiman Stoltzfus was a student travelling through Europe and wanting to find temporary housing came to check the ACP notice board. He found an apartment, a language group, friends and – during a longer stay in Paris in 2003 – a choir and a church home. Now an established artist in the United States, Freiman Stoltzfus will be back at the ACP this August and early September.

Freiman is a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides. He studied in New York City at The National Academy and Art Students League, and has travelled extensively in the Middle East as well as Europe where visits to museums and churches in particular inspire his work.

Music is an equally essential element for him in both his life and his art. He sang with the Oratorio Society of New York, is now with the Philadelphia Singers and is fondly remembered at the ACP for his contribution to the tenor section.

Freiman says, “I believe that art is a vital, regenerative act. It is the nature of God, and it is the nature of love, to create. Since we are made in God’s image, it is also in our nature to create. In my own experience, art breaks down barriers of every kind: religious, psychological, socio-economic, and political. Art clarifies and heals; art confronts and insists on justice.”

During his weeks as Artist in Residence, Freiman plans to offer a workshop, to create a visual diary of daily sketches and watercolors and have a role in VBS.

A highpoint of Freiman Stoltzfus' time in Paris is an event on Saturday 7 September: “Soundtrack for a Painting”, taking place in the ACP Sanctuary at 20h. Instrumental and vocal musicians will surround Freiman with music as he creates a painting. The piece will be unveiled to the audience at the end of the concert. Come watch, listen and enjoy!

 

 

Same-sex Marriage: A Theological Discussion

Same-sex Marriage: A Theological Discussion
Thursday 24 May in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Lecture - same sex marriage.jpgDr. George Hunsinger is the McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his degrees at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. A leading expert on Karl Barth, he was the 2010 recipient of the international Karl Barth Prize. He serves as an ordained Presbyterian minister, the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (2006), and a delegate to the official Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue (2011–2017). He is interested in “generous orthodoxy” as a way of overcoming the historic liberal/conservative impasse in modern Protestant theology.

Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is a Christian theologian and author. He is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He received an honorary doctorate (humane letters) from his alma mater Westminster College (Pennsylvania). An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is a member of the Presbytery of New Brunswick and frequently teaches in local congregations. His areas of interest include systematic theology, Karl Barth, the Trinity, and Christology. During his career he taught courses on Christology, the doctrine of God, the theology of Karl Barth, Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and an introductory course on the doctrines and practices of Christian faith. He retired as Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009.

 

 

 

Newtown Remembrance Service and Forum

Thursday 14 December, 18h in the ACP Sanctuary

Newtown Remembrance Service and Forum: 14 December, 18h in the ACP SanctuaryEveryone is invited to join us for a special service to remember the lives lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – USA on 14 December 2012 and other gun violence in the United States.  All are welcome.

 

18h – Remembrance Service in the ACP Sanctuary

 

19h – Forum: Public Safety and Firearms (in the Theater next to the Sanctuary)

Moderator: Christopher Dickey, Author and Journalist

Speakers:

  • Celeste Schenck, President of the American University of Paris
  • Mark Ulfers, President of the American School of Paris
  • Jeffrey Hawkins, Director American Library of Paris and retired American ambassador

By video from San Francisco:

  • Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Alexander Blumrosen, Democrats Abroad France (gun violence working group)

We plan to draft a resolution calling for common sense and reasonable regulation of firearms in the U.S., and after the event, send it to U.S. congressmen and Senators, the Giffords Law Center, and other interested parties.

Contact with questions: Kay Rolland – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paris Newtown Commemoration Service & Roundtable on Gun Violence

14 December 2017, 17h in the ACP Sanctuary

Paris Newtown Commemoration Service: 14 December, 17h in the ACP SanctuaryCome join us for a special service to commemorate the lives lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – USA on 14 December 2012 and other gun violence in the United States.

The service will be followed by a roundtable discussion in the Thurber Room on gun violence. Light refreshments will be served. Roundtable participants will include Alex Blumrosen (attorney at law), Mira Kamdar (author, blogger), Christopher Dickey (Daily Beast), Nathalie Paton (author of just-published School Shooting), Celeste Schenk (President, American University of Paris), and Mark Ulfers (Head, American School of Paris)

 

 

 

 

Please see below for references to learn about how some people have acted in response to gun violence. Groups started by families and groups in Newtown to limit gun violence in schools:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) “seeking common sense solutions to make our communities and country safer." http://www2.sandyhookpromise.org/

Safe and Sound is developing safety guidelines for school districts across the country. http://safeandsoundschools.org/

National groups working to prevent gun violence:

The Brady Campaign http://www.bradycampaign.org/

Mayors against illegal guns http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence http://smartgunlaws.org/

Americans for Responsible Solutions (Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly) http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/

Everytown for Gun Safety www.everytown.org

Newtown – Remembrance Service & Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence

Friday 14 December, 19h-21h
Remembrance Service &
Town Hall: Public Safety and Firearms

Paris Newtown Commemoration Service: 14 December, 17h in the ACP SanctuaryCome join us for a special service to remember the lives lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – USA on 14 December 2012 and other gun violence in the United States.

The service will be followed by a town hall discussion in the Thurber Room on gun violence. Light refreshments will be served. Roundtable participants will include:

- HE Brendan Berne, Australian Ambassador to France
- Joe Smallhoover, President of Democrats Abroad
- Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Giffords Org (by video)
- Chris Murphy, US Senator from Connecticut (by video)

Video of last year's roundtable is here.

 

Please see below for references to learn about how some people have acted in response to gun violence. Groups started by families and groups in Newtown to limit gun violence in schools:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) “seeking common sense solutions to make our communities and country safer." http://www2.sandyhookpromise.org/

Safe and Sound is developing safety guidelines for school districts across the country. http://safeandsoundschools.org/

National groups working to prevent gun violence:

The Brady Campaign http://www.bradycampaign.org/

Mayors against illegal guns http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence http://smartgunlaws.org/

Americans for Responsible Solutions (Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly) http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/

Everytown for Gun Safety www.everytown.org