Pub Church Postcard Storm w/ Molly Sharpe & Danny Schmidt

Date and Time

Sunday, November 19th
5:30 PM


Parish Hall, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
2008 Justin Ln.
Austin, Texas 78757


This Sunday, legendary development specialist (Texas Monthly, KLRU) and political activist (Friends for Civil Action), Molly Sharpe, will lead us in a special POSTCARD STORM edition of pub church. Music for the evening will be performed by Austin-based songwriting mastermind, Danny Schmidt. (50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, CHICAGO TRIBUNE). 

Molly Sharpe began her career at Texas Monthly, where she served as marketing director. During eleven years with the magazine, Molly became involved with community service, helping establish a corporate volunteer program and the Austin Child Care Commission create a successful grant proposal to HUD that created a transitional child care program for the working poor.  This interest in community led Molly to a new role as senior vice president for marketing and development at KLRU, where she directed the team in charge of raising the station’s operating budget and publicizing Austin City Limits.  While at KLRU, Molly helped build and sustain the plan that established the station’s major donor circle.

Lately, Molly has been working on a new project called Friends for Civil Action. This group of “editors, writers, artists, political organizers, lawyers, priests, philanthropists, and more” seek to envision a world where we can all work together in the political sphere to create kinder, more inclusive policies, both in spite of and because of our closely held personal beliefs. For this special program, Molly will lead our pub church audience in participating in one of the group’s POSTCARD STORMS, in which we’ll discuss current political issues and pen postcards of our own choosing to those folks who can help effect political change. Of a Friends for Civil Action POSTCARD STORM, Molly writes that:

“[It is] a way to pursue kindness through political engagement. The Postcard Storm is a gathering spot, electronically, and, in real time, that helps Friends for Civil Action be better community members. As we help ourselves weather political challenges, we have the opportunity to help form better community life. We would love to be part of a world where more people vote with good heart and good information.  By ourselves, we are not a force.  By partnering with others, we can be.

Postcards, as a primary messaging tool, have the beauty of forcing us to be succinct.  They are easy to read.  They are tangible. One reason I am inspired to continue writing message prompts is because so much shrill messaging is coming into my email box and my text message alerts.  I don’t like shrillness, no matter who the message deliverer is or what the message says.  The Postcard Storm message prompts I write dial back the anger, looking for a place of civility to communicate.”


Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.” 

Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”

Since 2012, The Front Porch has hosted pub church, complete with live music, food & drink, open conversation and Communion. This fall, we’ll meet each Sunday at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, partnering with Strange Land Brewery and local food vendors to bring the pub to the church.

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