The SHALOM Center for Continuing Education based in Pleasant Hill is sponsoring a weekend with nationally-known performance artist from Albuquerque, NM, Al Staggs. Staggs will appear on May 5, 6 and 7 in the Pleasant Hill Community United Church of Christ sanctuary and Adshead Hall of Fletcher House.

Al Staggs holds a B. A. from Hardin-Simmons University, an M.R.E. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was honored as a Charles E. Merrill Fellow at Harvard in the spring of 1983 with major emphasis in Applied Theology under the direction of Harvey Cox. Staggs also completed a year internship in Clinical Pastoral Education at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Staggs served as a Baptist minister for 24 years prior to becoming a full-time performance artist.

•Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Community UCC sanctuary — "Oscar Romero: A Martyr's Homily"

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass. Romero was killed as a result of his courageous and prophetic preaching and his involvement in human rights and justice issues in El Salvador. As a result of his stand for justice, he became a martyr for all people struggling to overcome poverty and oppression.

•Saturday, May 6, 9-11:30 a.m., Adshead Hall of Fletcher House — "Laughter for Life"

With a background of more than 30 years' experience as a minister and hospital chaplain, four earned degrees, and a life's journey that has included more than a fair share of adversities, Staggs speaks with sensitivity and compassion about the place of humor in our lives.

Staggs is a character. In fact, he's thirty or more characters. Through the medium of his many zany comedic impressions in this workshop, Staggs demonstrates the importance of humor in aiding spiritual, emotional and physical health. Among the characters he portrays are Robin Williams, Redd Foxx, Willie Nelson, the Church Lady, Jesse Helms, former Presidents Bush, Carter and Clinton.

•Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Community UCC sanctuary — "A View From the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"

Staggs brings to the stage the life of one of the great heroes of the 20th century, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The audience is brought into the prison cell where Bonhoeffer awaits execution and listens to his struggles with evil, injustice and God. In addition to performing his original play, Staggs also enjoys lecturing audiences concerning the importance of Bonhoefferís life and theology for the issues of our time.

•Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m., Pleasant Hill Community UCC sanctuary — "Clarence Jordan and the God Movement"

Jordan is best known as founder of Koininia Farm near Americus, Georgia and as translator of the Cotton Patch Version of the New Testament. Along with Millard Fuller he co-founded the Fund for Humanity which later became Habitat for Humanity. Jordan's life and ministry were a contemporary demonstration of a radical commitment to follow the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount.

All performances are free and open to the public. The Pleasant Hill Community United Church of Christ is located on Church Street off of Main Street across from the Post Office in Pleasant Hill. Adshead Hall is located in the lower level of Fletcher House for Assisted Living on Fletcher Loop off of Church Street. For information call the Community Church (277-3193) or Ted Braun (277-5135).

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