July 20 BeHolden All Things New


Week of July 20 | Holden 2020 | Sustenance for our journey


The Wisdom from Many

The complex issues of our times require multifaceted input. We might do well to be wary of over-simplified answers. Listening open-heartedly helps us build a richer more complex conversation practice. When diverse people are gathered in this spirit, a sharper-focused mirror is offered and a more accurate reflection is attained.

In this issue of All Things New, you will find our upcoming summer webinars. We also have highlighted the facilitators of the Interfaith dialogue that includes the language of visual art. Listen to the wisdom of Leah Yellowbird in her podcast. Wherever you are reading this, we hope that you find inspiration and sustenance for these days of uncertainty. May you be safe, may you be well, and may you be held in love.

Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman
Executive Directors



There are many invitations afforded us in times such as these. Invitations to listen, to engage, to be open, to love and remind ourselves that we don’t own the answers. In the spirit of our Summer Conversation, All Things New, this summer will be a different kind of summer. Holden will continue to be a light — just in a new way. In this new world we’re all inhabiting, we're sharing insights from some of our originally scheduled summer faculty.


Featured Summer Faculty

AudioArchiveLOGO_July-200.jpgHow do Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions Envision Our Responsibility to the Other?

with Terry Kyllo, Adam Jamal & Yohanna Kinberg

"The most repeated commandment in the Torah is that you shall love the stranger, because you were once a stranger. There was a time when you were oppressed, constricted, and estranged. Remember that. Anytime and place you could be the stranger. What kind of world do we want to create?"
Yohanna Kinberg

"In the Quran, God says he has created us in nations and tribes so we can get to know one another. Seeking diversity, and understanding the other, is a part of our faith."
Adam Jamal

"Within Christian tradition, whenever someone is otherized, that's where God is. God always begins the healing of an entire culture, an entire economic system, an entire set of relations with people, by joining with the most vulnerable."
Terry Kyllo


Rev._Terry_Kyllo.jpegRev. Terry Kyllo

ELCA Pastor and Director of Neighbors in Faith

The Rev. Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of Neighbors in Faith. He began this work part time in September 2016 and full time the next September. A graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, he has been a pastor since 1991 and has served in partnership between Episcopalians and Lutherans since 2004. He is the author of two books, Being Human and Apprenticeship. Terry was the recipient of the Faith Action Network Interfaith Leadership Award in 2016, the Interfaith Leadership Award from the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in 2017, the Sultan and Saint Peace award in 2017, and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound 2018 “Inbound Good” award for a non-Muslim who benefitted the Muslim Community.

Adam_Jamal_photo.jpgImam Adam Jamal

Muslim Association of Puget Sound

Imam Adam Jamal is the Executive Director of Education and Assistant Imam at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound or MAPS in Redmond, Washington. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He believes in the ability of faith to bring communities together. His current focus at MAPS is to help American Muslim youth face the challenges of growing up in a climate of rising Islamophobia. With his traditional training in Islam and a master’s degree in education, he hopes to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

Rabbi_Yohanna_Kinberg.jpgRabbi Yohanna Kinberg

Kol Ami

Yohanna Kinberg, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, and a second generation rabbi. She has served the greater Seattle area as a rabbi for fifteen years. Rabbi Kinberg is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and serves a Reform congregation, Kol Ami, in Woodinville, Washington. She is married to Rabbi Seth Goldstein and is mother to two boys, Ozi and Erez.

Rainer_Waldner_Adkins.jpgRainer Waldman Adkins

Artist & Hebrew Calligrapher

Rainer Waldman Adkins is a draughtsman, painter/muralist, Hebrew calligrapher, and printmaker. He has taught art, art history, Jewish subjects, history, and ethics at Congregation Beth Shalom, Kadima Reconstructionist Community and other institutions and events in the greater Seattle Jewish and general communities. He is Program Specialist with the Launch academic support and enrichment program at Seattle’s Kimball Elementary School. Rainer is a longtime activist and leader for a just and sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington.

Amina_Quraishi.jpgAmina Quraishi


Amina Quraishi is a student of traditional Islamic Art. She was born in Qatar and immigrated to Canada where she spent her childhood and completed her education. She received an honors bachelor of science degree in psychology and art & art history at the University of Toronto. Intrigued by the beautiful patterns found in the Islamic lands from Eastern China to Spain, she began to study Islamic art. The study of Islamic art took her to London, where she took courses at the Art of Islamic Pattern. Amina currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where she teaches Islamic art. She teaches geometric and Arabesque patterns at the local libraries, Seattle Public School System and at her local community centers and mosques in Puget Sound area.

Summer Faculty Webinar Registration


Holden Interfaith Week Webinar — A partnership of Holden Village and Paths to Understanding

Us, Them and All: Weaving our Identities and Common Humanity within the Unity of Life

What do Abrahamic traditions teach about recognizing the humanity of people in other cultures or religions? Children are still in cages, the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and institutional/structural racism are revealing even more starkly racial inequity, and vulnerable people are encouraged to risk themselves for the economy. We are having difficulty recognizing others as human. What do Abrahamic traditions have to offer to help us weave our identities, common humanity within the unity of life? Holden Village and Paths to Understanding invite you to live webinars, recorded webinars and podcasts and art exploration with a Jewish and Muslim artist.

July 19-24
Five classes offered.
Click below for the class titles, times, prices, and dates.


Play_Builds_Resilience_Photo.jpgPlay Builds Resilience: A Lively, Interactive Workshop facilitated by David Westerlund and fellow Applied Improvisation Facilitators

How can play keep us *connected* and *resilient*? We invite to come and discover *through* playing! And you’ll leave feeling more alive with tools to sustain you and yours. What games will we play? Exercises and games from both Liberating Structures and Applied Improvisation are invaluable for getting grounded, connected, engaged, playful, and spontaneous. No prior improvisation experience is required or advantageous. David will be joined by Marthame Sanders, an Atlanta-based dad, artist, and pastor. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago, Marthame has served in ministry as international mission staff, youth director, and solo pastor.

Monday, July 27

5:00–6:30pm PDT/ 7:00–8:30pm CDT


Aj___Travis.jpgComing Together Around Place — facilitated by Travis Anklam & Aj Williams

By listening deeply and opening our hearts, we can engage our surroundings and communities to better resolve conflict and care for what is common between us. This series will explore how deepening our “sense of place” can help us to be grounded and engaged through these times, while aiding us in coming together to tackle the wicked socio-environmental problems we collectively face.

July 28, 29, 30

5:00–6:30pm PDT/ 7:00–8:30pm CDT


Kerssen-Griep__Jeff.jpegWhat are we learning about communicating science in public? — Facilitated by Jeff KersSen-Griep

This session will discuss what’s known about challenges people face when exploring and adjusting to genuine empirical truths (especially the difficult ones), as well as ways those difficulties can be amplified or navigated by the folks involved in scientific inquiry – which includes all of us. You will leave the session better understanding the aptitudes people need to deal skillfully with science being communicated societally and interpersonally, in classrooms and in organizations. Pre- and post-readings will be offered.

Monday, August 3

5:00–6:30pm PDT/ 7:00–8:30pm CDT


More Resources for Your Journey

Podcast150.jpgFirst Nations Algonquin-Metis and Anishinaabe Heritage with Leah Yellowbird

"Take care of your spirit because you're in a world where spirits get eaten. It's easy to drown in day-to-day monotony and hate. When I got off the boat at Lucerne, I could tell Holden was a place I didn't have to worry. Part of that is the view. The beauty gives everyone a bit of a serene feeling."






God’s Garden

Lord, the air smells good today,
straight from the mysteries
the garden
of God.
The trees in their prayer,
the birds in praise,
the first blue violets,

— Rumi

Beneath the Surface No.2
© Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman

This series, All Things New, will explore in part the conversation originally scheduled for summer. In this new world we all inhabit, may you find sustenance for your journey.