Spiritual Heritage Nantucket is celebrating its 10th anniversary of hosting events on the island that build and encourage the Christian community. The 2014 evening event headlines New York Times bestselling author, popular speaker and executive SQuire Rushnell and his wife, Louise DuArt, who is known as one of the world’s best comedic impressionists. This dynamic couple will present an evening of inspiration, encouragement and comedy on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 11 Orange Street. The event is free and open to the public.
SQuire Rushnell introduced the word “godwink” into the language, meaning “coincidences that aren’t really coincidence.” SQuire has more than one million books in print, and his Godwink Stories have become a popular monthly feature on NBC’s Today Show. As a veteran ABC Television Network executive, Rushnell led Good Morning America to number one and was a father to the acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock series and ABC After School Specials. Programs under his direction captured more than 75 Emmy Awards. Called “America’s Encourager,” SQuire is a riveting storyteller on speaking tours with Godwink Gatherings or Seven Steps to Be Great.
Louise DuArt has co-starred with Tim Conway in sell-out performances throughout the US and Canada for fifteen seasons. Clean and funny, Louise executes fast-paced conversations between Bart Simpson, Judge Judy, Joan Rivers, Barbara Streisand, Barbara Walters, and dozens more. She expertly impersonates more than 100 well known personalities. SQuire observes, “I never know who I’m waking up next to.” A popular Women of Faith speaker, Louise has co-authored two books with Squire, Godwink Stories: A Devotional and Couples Who Pray. She hosted a popular daily talk show on the ABC Family Channel for eight seasons and has starred in various Broadway productions, garnering rave reviews.
Dan Dunlap, Chair of the Board of Spiritual Heritage Nantucket says that “over the last 9 years through our luncheons and evening events at the high school, our speakers have touched the lives of over 6000 people.” The first event was in a white tent for over 200 ladies with our speaker Anne Graham Lotz who spoke on The Good Shepherd. The following year Spiritual Heritage Nantucket invited men and the event was in the ‘Sconset Casino. The speaker was Super Bowl coach, Dan Reeves, who shared that we all need a game plan, a goal, practice, and rules. Since then SHN has had authors, a theologian, actors, a southern gospel band, an accomplished songwriter, newscasters, and a quadriplegic who paints, sings, writes books and distributes wheelchairs to different parts of the world. Dunlap concludes “this year SQuire and Louise will bring a whole new element to the event: comedy. It will be evening of inspiration, encouragement, and entertainment, and everyone is welcome to come.”