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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
United States

(206)762-1991

The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

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Events

9/25: PC(USA) Confirmation: Big God Big Questions Workshop
Sep
25
11:30 AM11:30

9/25: PC(USA) Confirmation: Big God Big Questions Workshop

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Join Mark Hinds (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Geneva Press) to learn more about the brand-new confirmation curriculum for the PC(USA): Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a Growing Faith. Based on the findings of the Confirmation Project, it is focused on preparing youth to authentically answer the traditional membership questions: 

   - Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce
        evil and its power in the world?
   - Who is your Lord and Savior?
   - Will you be Christ's faithful disciple obeying his word and showing his love?
   - Will you devote yourself to the church's teaching and fellowship, to the breaking
         of bread and the prayers?

Big God Big Questions equips students to employ the study of Scripture, tradition, and church, to tell their own story as Christian believers in the context of their local congregational experiences. Download the Scope and Sequence. Order the free sampler, here.  Learn more online.

Workshop Facilitator: Mark Hinds (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation Editor, Geneva Press Executive Editor). Mark will also be available before and after the event to discuss any other curriculum needs.

Curriculum will be available for purchase at the event. Event will include lunch. Youth leaders are also invited to stay after the event for a time of fellowship and resource sharing. 

Register online by 9/23:

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Sep
27
10:30 AM10:30

9/27: Rev. Tony Nugent (HR) Presentation @ MIPC

The Rev. Tony Nugent, a retired member of Seattle Presbytery & first member of MIPC to become an ordained minister, will speak about how the spiritual, moral, & intellectual values he first learned here have informed his church, community, and educational involvements - urban ministries with San Francisco & Seattle Presbyteries, studies at Yale, SFTS, & Syracuse Univ.,  civil rights, anti-war, anti-torture, and interfaith dialogue work, teaching religion at UW & Seattle U. He will also talk about the need for faith communities today to uphold & promote these values at a time when they are coming under severe attack from many quarters. Presentation to include PowerPoint graphics, followed by questions & discussion.

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Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

9/29: Weaving Our Strengths Conference

Weaving Our Strengths Conference – September 29

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The Church Council of Greater Seattle invites you to our Weaving Our Strengths Conference on Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. SE, Mercer Island 98040.

Weaving Our Strengths is a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. This year’s theme is Narratives of Hope.

Info and registration: https://www.thechurchcouncil.org/wos. Scholarships & Childcare available.

Questions? Contact Ann at 206.525.1213, ext. 105 or aerickson@thechurchcouncil.org.

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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

10/20: ECHO: Urban Youth Workers Conference 2018

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A DAY OF TRAINING, ENCOURAGEMENT AND FELLOWSHIP

FOR THOSE LOVING AND SERVING YOUTH IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST!

Lunch will be provided.

FAQs

Who is this conference for?

This conference is designed with Youth Workers (volunteer or vocational), serving in an urban context.

Can I bring young people?

Sure!

Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately no, but you can transfer your ticket to another attendee.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

echolegacy206@gmail.com

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10/22-26: Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership
Oct
22
to Oct 26

10/22-26: Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership

NEXT Church, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and Metro Industrial Areas Foundation are teaming up to offer a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership. But this time, you can choose to participate in only the week-long intensive training or the entire program. 

The certificate program consists of a one-week intensive in-person training followed by a 6-month distance learning cohort to integrate the training into your work. The in-person training will take place October 22-26 in Baltimore, MD, with the distance learning occurring 2 times from November – April (exact dates to be scheduled). The program is open to clergy, laypeople, community leaders, seminarians, and others interested in organizing and community engagement.

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11/10: Presbyterian Women in Seattle Presbytery Fall Gathering
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

11/10: Presbyterian Women in Seattle Presbytery Fall Gathering

Presbyterian Women in Seattle Presbytery Fall Gathering on November 10 at 10 AM Overlake Park Presbyterian Church 1836 156th AVE, NE Bellevue, WA 98007.

Celebrating Mission

Guest Speaker Karen Waalkes, Guatemalan Sewers Project
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Coffee/Tea fellowship. No cost, lunch on your own. All women are invited to participate.

RSVP with guest count by Nov. 2 to Cindy Coleman.

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3/11-13: NEXT Church National Gathering in Seattle
Mar
11
to Mar 13

3/11-13: NEXT Church National Gathering in Seattle

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2019 NEXT Church National Gathering: March 11-13 in Seattle!

Location: Seattle First Presbyterian Church

NEXT Church is teaching elders, students, educators, church members, youth leaders and ruling elders who care about the flourishing of the church of Jesus Christ in ways that are relevant to our communities.

Seattle Presbytery's own Rev. Eliana Maxim, Rev. Tasha Hicks McCray, and Glenn McCray serve on the NEXT Church Strategy Board.

Learn more: https://nextchurch.net/

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Volunteer to help at NEXT Church Seattle. Submit the volunteer form below to receive updates & more information, or email SP Communications to learn more.

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9/12: Gathering with Rev. Lyman Smith
Sep
12
2:00 PM14:00

9/12: Gathering with Rev. Lyman Smith

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From Rev. Kelly Wadsworth (Seattle Presbytery, PCCMP Executive Leadership Board):

A warm invitation for the Seattle Presbytery to hear from Rev. Lyman Smith, the Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP). Rev. Smith is a PCUSA Teaching Elder and a retired Navy Chaplain. The PCCMP endorses and supports PCUSA pastors who are serving as Chaplains in the Armed Forces, with the VA, and with the Bureau of Prisons. Rev. Smith will talk about how military Chaplaincy can be a meaningful call for PCUSA Teaching Elders. He will also discuss how to best support the 150+ PCUSA pastors who currently serve both in the Seattle-Tacoma area and around the world. More about the PCCMP can be found at http://pccmp.org/.

Join us at 2:00pm on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 in the Seattle Presbytery offices (1013 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104) for refreshments and discussion.  RSVP to EJ Lee.

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9/6: Invitation to Prayer & Reflection
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

9/6: Invitation to Prayer & Reflection

An invitation from Rev. Lee Seese (Pastor, Mt. Baker Park PC):

As members of the Seattle Presbytery continue to prepare for the sale of the Seattle First Presbyterian Church property, you are invited to meet at Mt Baker Park Presbyterian Church, 3201 Hunter Blvd. S., on Thursday, September 6, at 7pm, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.

At our July 18 meeting, and in subsequent round-table conversations, issues of the propriety of the sale, the future use of the property, distribution of any revenue, affordable housing and homelessness, and the wider mission-vision of the Presbytery in regard to the city, have been raised.

The meeting at Mt Baker Park will be a time to pray, and to talk specifically about the theological and missional aspects of the disposition of the First Pres property.

Questions or suggestions regarding format and content? Please contact the Rev. Lee Seese at pastor@mtbakerchurch.org

In Christ, 

Lee

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8/21: SeaPres Visioning Roundtable Discussion
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

8/21: SeaPres Visioning Roundtable Discussion

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Please join Seattle Presbytery for a roundtable conversation on presbytery missional planning, including what to do with proceeds from property sales. Multiple gathering dates will be offered at various locations in our presbytery.  All Seattle Presbytery members are invited to participate. 

DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED.  ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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8/9-10: The Global Leadership Summit (BelPres)
Aug
9
to Aug 10

8/9-10: The Global Leadership Summit (BelPres)

The Global Leadership Summit

August 9 and 10

Hosted locally at Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty.

We all have influence and the ability to positively impact our communities and world. Families, schools, businesses and churches benefit from growing our leadership.

To register or for additional information www.belpres.org/gls

To inquire about scholarships or other pricing considerations for your teams contact Nancy Campi at ncampi@belpres.org or 425-974-2184.

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7/31: SeaPres Visioning Roundtable Discussion
Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

7/31: SeaPres Visioning Roundtable Discussion

Please join Seattle Presbytery for a roundtable conversation on presbytery missional planning, including what to do with proceeds from property sales. Multiple gathering dates will be offered at various locations in our presbytery.  All Seattle Presbytery members are invited to participate. 

Dinner will be provided.  Online pre-registration is required.

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7/25: Board of Pensions Benefits Summit 2018
Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

7/25: Board of Pensions Benefits Summit 2018

Presented by the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

in cooperation with the Presbytery of Seattle

Led by Board of Pensions Church Consultant Rev. Mark T. Frey CEBS, RPA

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

10:00 am to 1:30 pm with lunch provided

Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
8008 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Designed for: Church Administrators, Personnel Committee Members,

HR Leadership, Pastors, Employer Representatives,

Mid-Council Staff/COM Members and other Benefits Decision Makers throughout the Puget Sound Region

The Benefits Summit will focus on:

·      Theology of Benefits

·      Highlights of Benefits Design and Development

·      Review of Employer Benefits Enrollment Process

·      New Programs to Assist Congregations, Pastors and Employees

·      2019 Benefit Provisions and Options

·      Connecting With Other Personnel and Benefits Leaders in Your Region

Registration: Contact Mark Frey at either 800-510-3068 or mfrey@pensions.org, with name, church/organization, your role, phone and email.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions or preferences you may have.

Please pass this invitation along to any others in your setting who may be interested in attending!

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7/23-27: Whitworth Institute of Ministry
Jul
23
to Jul 27

7/23-27: Whitworth Institute of Ministry

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Come and See | 2018 Adult Program

The phrase “come and see” appears twice in the first chapter of John’s Gospel. Jesus invites Andrew and John to “come and see” (John 1:39), and a few verses later Phillip invites the skeptical Nathanael to “come and see” Jesus (John 1:46). Little did any of them know that this invitation to “come and see” would change them forever. Over time, they became a witnessing community to live and speak the Gospel. Their witness changed the world.

In this spirit, we invite Christ-followers – a community of ministry leaders, volunteers, pastors and families across borders, vocations and denominations – to “come and see” at the Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM), July 23-27, 2018. Now in its fourth decade, WIM is an annual conference providing dedicated time for fellowship, spiritual renewal, Scripture study, and vibrant worship and preaching. The Whitworth University campus is an ideal place for rest and conversation, along with family-friendly programming for children and youth.

Keynotes

Evening Worship, featuring Mary Hulst

Old Testament Stories for Ministerial Challenges Today

Those involved in ministerial leadership face a constant variety of challenges. This summer at WIM, Pastor Mary Hulst will lead attendees to reflect upon their ministries and one’s own spiritual formation by exploring the trials within the stories of Old Testament figures. Each sermon will identify a specific ministry challenge, what can be learned from the biblical story, and how we can be attuned to what God is doing in our lives today. Come and see.

Monday: "Elijah - Restoration in Weariness"
Tuesday: "Esther - Seeing God in not so Obvious Circumstances"
Wednesday: "Aaron and his Sons - Danger of Doing Things 'Our Way'"
Thursday: "Moses - Frustration with our Followers"
Friday: "Shiprah and Puah - Obedience leads to Faithfulness and Fruitfulness"

Bible Hour, featuring various speakers

Christian Living in a Post-Christendom Culture

In the early Christian period, Christian living became a form of witness because it was so different from how most Romans lived. Christians stood out simply by being Christian. Later, as Western society became officially Christian, that difference became less noticeable and distinct. After all, if everyone is Christian, how can a person distinguish himself or herself as Christian? In the long period of Christendom, Christians distinguished themselves from each other, but not from a larger secular culture because there was no such culture, or so it seemed. Now, Christians no longer live in Christendom, which means Christian living – being so different from how most Americans live – is once more becoming a form of witness. What does it mean to live as Christians in a post-Christendom culture? Each session during Bible Hour will focus on one theme in Colossians 3:12-17 and explore what it means to understand and apply this text to our cultural context. Come and see.

Tuesday: "Wearing Virtue," featuring Joshua Leim / Colossians 3:12-13
Wednesday: "Living in Love," featuring Haley Jacob / Colossians 3:14-15
Thursday: "Imbibing the Word," featuring Jerry Sittser / Colossians 3:16
Friday: "Doing Everything in the Name of Christ," featuring Jim Edwards / Colossians 3:17

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Jul
7
12:00 AM00:00

7/7-14: Iona Pilgrimage

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver
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Are you feeling called to trace ancient steps to discover, and remember, your wild and precious life? Do you desire a deeper connection with the divine through our wild and wondrous world? Perhaps you desire a way to mark a transition in your life, a threshold, with meaning and memory. 

Make a transformative journey to the wild edges of sea and sky, where the powerful presence of female companionship, revelatory elements, and ancient, spirited stories will awaken in you deep memories and divine inspiration to live forward renewed and reconnected to the primeval sacred text of creation. Our world and earth community needs people more than ever who understand our interconnection, that our soul-life is coupled with the health of the soil and salmon, seasons and sea. This pilgrimage provides an immersive rites of passage experience that will invite this deep wisdom.

Join your guide, ecotheologian and writer Mary DeJong, in pursuing themes related to the archetypal stages of this ancient pilgrimage practice; the recovery of the rich heritage of Celtic spirituality; remembering sacred rewilding practices as engagement with the wild text of creation; and discovering ecotheology as a way of reading scripture anew. Through these traditions, praxis and lens, you will be invited into a restored communion with the natural world, and a remembered sense that our planet is home to the holy. You will be provided ample time to relentlessly seek and wander through the island's holy history and explore its wildest nooks and crannies while being guided to explore your own wild interior. Here you will rediscover a land of enchantment where wonder, reverence and delight are experienced in a place through the medium of your attentive presence.

This journey is for the seeker, the questioner, the yearner. It is for those with faith and those with doubts. It is for those who are ready to respond and return to, and be in relationship with, the wild and sacred source of life. While rooted in the Celtic Christian tradition, this pilgrimage is ecumenical by nature and accessible to all who are curious about the Creator; all are welcome to seek the sacred together in our shared cathedral of creation. 

Pilgrimage cost includes: communal lodging at a gold-rated Green Tourism facility, plentiful vegetarian meals, unique and historical island tours and hikes, daily beach-front yoga offerings, and transformational group sessions held in the power of the female circle. Daily rhythms are created with care and from experience, and include the Iona Abbey's morning and evening prayer times. 

  • Dates: July 7-14, 2018
  • Early Bird Price: $1900 *Register before January 1, 2018
  • Regular Price: $2100 *After January 1, 2018
  • Registration Deadline March 31, 2018

Questions? Email mary@waymarkers.net

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6/24: Faith Over Fear
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

6/24: Faith Over Fear

Faith Over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors - Magnolia, Seattle

Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together. This event will include time for Q & A and interaction with faith, political and education leaders in your area. 

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Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

6/24: Seattle Pride Parade

Presbyterians at Pride!

Join Woodland Park Presbyterian Church and walk in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th, as we show our Christian love and support of the LGBTQ+ community. We will have a short worship service with communion in the parade staging area and then walk together.  All are welcome!  The parade begins as 11am; we have not yet received our staging time and location but will share that information with interested participants when available. Churches or individual members interested in joining us can contact Dustin Wilsor at dustinwilsor@gmail.com.

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6/24: Capitol Hill PC Closing Service
Jun
24
9:45 AM09:45

6/24: Capitol Hill PC Closing Service

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To the Seattle Presbytery:

It is with sad but hopeful hearts that Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (1729 Harvard Ave, Seattle)  announces its closing service on at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, June 24th. We will be celebrating the life of the congregation and its mission and ministry. You are invited to share in this time of rejoicing for what God has done and for what God will do in the future. Parking is available in the north and south lots of the church.

Please note: No childcare will be available, but an activity table at the back of the sanctuary will be set up for children.

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6/3: Colleen Chinen Ordination
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

6/3: Colleen Chinen Ordination

And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
— Acts 14:23 (NRSV)

Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of ordination for Colleen Chinen, who has received a call at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church. Service location: Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 South 320th Street, Federal Way, WA. 

Sunday, June 3 at 4:00pm. A reception will follow.

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5/15: Multiethnic and Missional?
May
15
12:00 PM12:00

5/15: Multiethnic and Missional?

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Multiethnic and Missional? Leading Diverse and Vibrant Churches
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., with optional breakout groups from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University, $25
Lunch provided.

Led by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeilDr. David Leong, and Dr. Darrell Guder.

What is the mission of God in our multiethnic world? How do Christian communities understand and participate in that mission? As national demographics shift toward increasing diversity in our cities and local communities, the Church faces numerous challenges and opportunities. In the midst of stark social divisions and polarization, do our faith communities fall into the same patterns, or do they offer a different way forward together?

These are the questions we’ll explore with Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Dr. David Leong, and Dr. Darrell Guder, whose collective work in Christian reconciliation, community development, and missional theology will set the stage for a vibrant conversation about holding these commitments together in the identity and ministry of the Church.

Whether you’re a student, pastor, ministry leader, or community member, please join us for a thoughtful discussion about the tensions and points of convergence between leading multiethnic and missional perspectives today. Following the main session, focused breakout groups will be available for further reflection and application.

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May
15
9:00 AM09:00

5/15: Renewal Ministries NW Spring Prayer Retreat

Spring Prayer Retreat: “Freedom to Respond to God’s Call”

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Facilitated By: Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce
Location: North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek
Cost: $25
(Cost includes materials & snacks.)

God’s desire for us as His beloved ones is to grow in spiritual freedom.  We are spiritually free when we are growing in our awareness of God’s love and acceptance; when we know who we are, with all of our gifts and our limitations. We are better able to discern God’s presence, find more meaning in our lives, and make choices that flow from who we are, whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Keeping God at the center of our lives allows us to discern God’s call in our present situation and to respond generously to that call.  Our preoccupations can get in the way of hearing and responding to God and may create chaos in our souls, leading us to make poor choices.

At this retreat, we will reflect on several passages of Scripture, pondering what leads us into spiritual freedom. In prayer, we will seek God’s guidance about “disordered loves” in our lives that may push God out of the center of our lives and rob us of the joy, freedom, and hope that God invites us into.

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4/27-29: IF: Gathering 2018
Apr
27
to Apr 29

4/27-29: IF: Gathering 2018

IF: Gathering 2018

WHAT IF WE FOLLOWED GOD WITH PERSEVERANCE INSTEAD OF INSECURITY?  

IF: TALL TIMBER 2018—LADIES’ RETREAT (Ages 15-115)

TALL TIMBER RANCH—PLAIN, WA

FRIDAY DINNER THRU SUNDAY BRUNCH

$125: includes amazing meals by TT’s Chef Sparrow and 2 night’s lodging

REGISTER AT: TALLTIMBER.ORG

Early Bird Registration: FEB 15-28—$115

*REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 16

This isn’t about hearing your favorite speaker, it’s about participating in a generation of women who believe God at His word and desire to spend their lives well for His glory.

For more information:
www.ifgathering.com; plaincommunitychurch.org; www.talltimber.org

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Apr
24
11:10 AM11:10

4/24: John M. Perkins Lecture Series: Faith, Race, and Evangelism

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The 13th Annual John Perkins Lecture

John M. Perkins and Michael O. Emerson
11:10 a.m. | First Free Methodist Church

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John Perkins is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, and an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher.

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Michael Emerson, PhD, is a renowned scholar on race and religion, author, and provost of North Park University in Chicago.


Faith, Race, and Evangelicalism: Panel discussion

1–2:30 p.m. | Upper Gwinn Commons

Join North Park Provost Michael Emerson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionSandy Mayo, and University Chaplain Bo Lim as they discuss faith, race, and Evangelicalism in 21st century America.  

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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

4/17: SeaPres Stated Meeting

Seattle Presbytery Stated Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 PM

Southminster PC
19834 8th Ave S
Des Moines, WA  98148

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Pre-Presbytery Meeting Event

(Begins at 3:30 PM)

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So much of the work we do as churches is reliant on our operations. Policies, procedures, finances, and publicity (just to name a few).  These items ensure our church's health and safety AND can take up time and energy to create or maintain. Are you interested in a cohort of churches working together to streamline our work together and support one another with operations resources

Imagine - if we share best practices, build on what we've each learned, and help make our churches run more smoothly - we can then refocus energy on ministry and remove some of that burden from pastors, as well as from staff and volunteers.  

Join us for a conversation to share ideas, needs, and begin our work together on April 17th at 3:30pm. Send any member of your church to represent your needs and brainstorm how to work together.   

Be prepared to share:

What are your needs?
What questions do you have? (Example: Does our employee handbook align with WA State Law?)
What do you bring? What is your church excellent at in the area of operations?


Global mission resource available locally – opportunity to connect on April 17

Rita Johnson, who spent 15 years in cross-cultural work in Asia will be available for conversation from 4:00-5:00 p.m. before the April 17 Presbytery meeting and during dinner. She’s honed cross-cultural fluency skills that are key when working in an increasingly connected and multi-cultural world.  She has an M.S. in Community Development, offering congregations a chance to thoughtfully review and refresh their international development, relief and holistic ministry partnerships.  Rita is based in Seattle and is an Associate Director with Frontier Fellowship. In addition, she can facilitate discussions for youth or adults about understanding and relating to Muslims. Please come and ask your questions before the meeting or converse during dinner – or just drop by to connect and arrange another time. Leverage this unique resource for your congregation and beyond!

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Apr
14
9:30 AM09:30

4/14: Anti-Racism Networking Gathering

Invitation from Haley Ballast (John Knox PC), The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Organizing Intern:

You're invited to attend the 2nd quarterly Anti-Racism Networking Gathering for faith leaders in the Greater Seattle area, on Saturday, April 14, 9:30AM – 12:00PM at Columbia City Church of Hope (3818 S Angeline St, Seattle, WA 98118), sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

As with our initial gathering in December, the goal for this gathering is to connect faith leaders across denominational lines in order to strengthen our collective resolve in working to dismantle structural racism and white supremacy. The Church Council is committed to walking with congregations who wish to make racial justice a way of life. Our time together will provide an opportunity to share ideas and resources, offer support and encouragement, and foster collaborative relationships among the anti-racist faith community in Seattle.

I was deeply encouraged by our first gathering, and I look forward to building on the relationships, growth, and conversations which we were able to begin together, while also welcoming new voices and congregations into the process.

This gathering is open to clergy and laypersons who want to pursue anti-racism work with their faith community. If you have any questions, I would be happy to talk with you by phone or in person. Please email hballast@thechurchcouncil.org to RSVP. Childcare may be available upon request. 

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3/30: Good Friday Ecumenical Service
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

3/30: Good Friday Ecumenical Service

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Good Friday: Risk and Revolution
Please join us at 12 pm, March 30, for what Plymouth's Rev. Kelle Brown has established as a powerful Plymouth Good Friday tradition, when seven women ministers gather to preach on The Seven Last Words of Jesus.
The First Word: Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear
“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Gun control
The Second Word: Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace
“Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Mass incarceration
The Third Word: Rev. Lina Thompson
“Woman, here is your son. Son, here is your mother.” Sex trafficking industry
The Fourth Word: Rev. Eliana Maxim
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Immigration/undocumented discrimination
The Fifth Word: Rev. Kelle Brown “I Thirst.” Ecological devastation
The Sixth Word: Rev. Dr. Angela Parker “It is finished.” Intersectionality & Inclusion
The Seventh Word: Rev. Dr. Linda Smith “...into your hands I commit my spirit.” Poverty & Inequality

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3/9: Sight & Sound House Show
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

3/9: Sight & Sound House Show

Due to space only 30 tickets are available, they could go quickly. 

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Coastland Commons presents an intimate evening where visual art and song come into conversation with one another through the context of a living room.

The show will begin at 6:30pm with a living room gallery featuring the art of Shannon Sigler and Linsey Schoeneman. You are invited to come have a drink and some small bites while viewing the art and mingling with the artists and others.

At 7:30pm we will transition into a concert and will feature the songwriting of John Van Deusen and Carl-Eric Tangen. After the show, we will host a panel discussion and Q&A with all four artists around the intersection of sound and visual forms of art and artmaking.

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3/9-10: Code for the Kingdom Hackathon
Mar
9
to Mar 10

3/9-10: Code for the Kingdom Hackathon

Details

• What we'll do
Ideate. Build. Impact.

Join us for a hackathon in Kirkland, WA, where you will spend the weekend creating technology that matters with like-minded people.

Developers, designers, entrepreneurs, creative individuals from all disciplines, investors, non-profits, and churches, will design and create new ways to tackle challenges confronting our society, our communities, and our lives from a Christian perspective.

• What to bring
Bring your laptop and other things you need to be creative and productive. If you have an idea you'd like to pitch, come with a 30 second elevator pitch. If you don't have an idea to pitch, you can work on your own, or join one of the many inspiring projects people are sharing.

• Important to know
C4TK is FREE this year! Having said that, if you RSVP, but decide not to come, let us know ASAP so we can plan for food accordingly.

The venue will remain open non-stop during the entire 24 hours. You can go home and rest or work through the night to make something awesome--whichever you prefer!

Parking is free.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Presbytery.

Learn more: www.codeforthekingdom.org/seattle-hackathon-2018.html
Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/c4tk.seattle/

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3/5-8: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha
Mar
5
to Mar 8

3/5-8: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha

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Leading a congregation in adapting to new realities requires more than just the skills of a good pastor. It takes courage, faith, awareness, knowledge, and a good strategy to guide people through the rough waters of change.

Through these workshops, you will gain the effective skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow.

*Both Week 1 and Week 2 trainings will be offered simultaneously.  If you have had Week 1 training in the past, register for Week 2.  If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1.

Facilitated by Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong, Eliana Maxim.


Week I: ENGAGE

Leadership is about teamwork, but good leadership starts with you. This four day seminar will empower you to identify and lead (or be a part of a team leading) meaningful, transformational change in any church context. Learn the basics of congregational dynamics, church systems, effective conflict resolution, power dynamics, and simple strategies for leading change in congregations. Grow as well in your awareness of yourself as a church leader, a person of faith, and gain insights into your strengths and weaknesses as a transitional leader.

2016 TMW Participants

Required Reading:  Changing the Conversation: a third way for congregations by Anthony Robinson (links to Amazon.com)

Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems, Leadership and Congregational Life by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)

Week II: EQUIP

Once engaged in an intentional transition (Week I), transformational leaders need to be equipped to continue to lead through the rough waters of change. This second four day seminar further develops the tools of identifying the necessary change, establishing the strategies for change, recruiting a leadership team, dealing with congregational conflict, and sustaining a new culture around renewed identity.

Required Reading: The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics by Israel Galindo (links to Amazon.com)

Becoming a Healthier Pastor by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)

All Week 2 participants are required to complete the Ministry Learning Opportunity assignment before they arrive.

Member of the Interim Ministry Consortium of the PC(USA). 

Learn more and register online.

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3/22: Church Council of Greater Seattle's Annual Assembly
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

3/22: Church Council of Greater Seattle's Annual Assembly

Dear Friends,

We write to formally invite you to the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Annual Assembly on Thursday, March 22, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church7500 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle 98103. We will gather for a reception at 6 p.m. and begin the programming at 6:30 p.m. Limited free parking is available – the church is also on the #5 bus line. Find directions here.

The Annual Assembly is our major consultative event of the year. We continue to be in a kairos moment, a critical time, calling for the unifying voice and faithful witness of the church. We invite congregations to gather with other members of the wider church, to deepen connections, and to shape strategies for the work of the Church Council. There also will be formal business including reviewing the Church Council’s 2018 budget and affirming the Board of Directors and officers of the Board. 

Your congregation members will leave this event inspired to: participate in the collective power of faith in action; connect with neighbor churches to mutually inspire and ignite one another as agents of healing and followers of Christ; and, catalyze and collaborate for peace, justice and the well-being of all. 

We invite your church to reaffirm your commitment as partners in fellowship through the Church Council. God calls us to be in communion with one another and to offer living witness to God’s realm of peace, justice, and reconciliation. As part of the Assembly, we will continue the sacred conversations that shape our work together in 2018 and beyond. We wish to explore how we as witnesses to God’s love and mercy may better:

  • Network and organize among faith communities at the local level as we build capacity and audacity to shape our region’s future;
  • Act faithfully and boldly to build bridges of relationship and solidarity in the face of brokenness and divisiveness;

Your voice is critical so that our work and ministry might be extended and deepened for the building up of our communities. Our unity will be strengthened by the offering of all the gifts of the ecumenical church to one another and with the wider community!

Finally, a few additional details about participation in the formal business of the Assembly: As a congregation that belongs to a member denomination, your church is a member of the Church Council. As a member, clergy from your congregation plus two lay representatives are welcome to participate in the Assembly as delegates and vote on the matters under consideration. Additional members are encouraged to attend and participate in discussion. A bulletin insert, sample blurb, and .jpg save-the-date are available at www.thechurchcouncil.org and there’s also a Facebook event page.

All are welcome. Please RSVP with the names of official delegates and any additional members planning to attend by contacting Ann Erickson ataerickson@thechurchcouncil.org or 206.204.3855 by Friday, March 16. This allows for an accurate count for food and materials.  Even if you do not RSVP, you are most welcome to attend. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Ann or Michael, who can be reached atmramos@thechurchcouncil.org or 206.204.3852.

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2/26-28, 2018: NEXT Church National Gathering
Feb
26
to Feb 28

2/26-28, 2018: NEXT Church National Gathering

“The Desert in Bloom: Living, Dying, and Rising in a Wilderness Church”

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD

February 26-28, 2018

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Sooner or later, our sacred stories — individual and communal —  return to the desert. Jacob. Moses. Miriam. Hagar. Jesus. The Desert Mothers and Fathers. Sometimes we retreat there. Sometimes we are driven there against our will. Sometimes it is simply where we find ourselves. Regardless, we eventually dwell in that harsh and empty place where the line between life and death grows thin. However improbably, Scripture says that this is precisely the place where God’s promises begin to bloom. The prophet Isaiah wrote to a people in despair: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom” (35:1).

For many of us, wilderness is a metaphor. It can be understood as a spiritually renewing place to strip away distraction and re-center on God. It can represent the isolation sometimes felt in ministry and life. It can symbolize times of testing and temptation. It can suggest moving outside our comfort zones to places of uncertainty and risk, creativity and opportunity. Wilderness is also found in real places — from dying towns and blighted city neighborhoods, to the retreat spaces where we seek discernment and clarity.  

Throughout Scripture and the history of the people of God, the wilderness is a place of radical change and reliance on God’s unwavering care.

At the 2018 NEXT Church National Gathering, we will ask how the church can embrace a wilderness identity in pursuit of the hope, resilience, clarity, and resurrection so often found there. We’ll bear witness to promises blooming in desert spaces — from the corners of Baltimore City to wide open places to sprawling suburbs to coastal towns and every other space God calls us to be present. We’ll seek desert blossoms in our politics, our prayers, our pews, in each other and ourselves. We will find fellow travelers on the Holy Way.  We will embrace the wildernesses of our present moment, trusting with the prophet Isaiah that there we “shall see the glory of the Lord” (35:2).

REGISTER NOW

Recognizing that we all have different levels of institutional support for attending a gathering like this, the cost to attend the Gathering is based on a sliding scale, ranging from $189-$319. There are also Day Rates for those not able to attend the entire gathering. There are scholarships available for anyone for whom the cost is a prohibitive factor.

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Feb
23
to Feb 24

2/23-24: Meekhof Lecture on Christian Spirituality

2/23 and 2/24: MEEKHOF LECTURE ON CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

Friday, February 23, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Newport PC, 4010 120th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Two lectures: “Good News for Dark Times: Practices of Hope, Beauty, and Compassion”

Cost: Free. All are welcome! Bring your friends.

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Spirituality. It’s a word mainstream Christians don’t often use. Yet the Christian faith offers many ways of connecting to the hope and joy and compassion of God. Guest speaker, Dr. Wendy Farley, professor of Christian Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary, unites her lifelong study of spiritual practices with a deep concern for the distress of today’s world in two lectures at Newport Presbyterian Church.

Many people are struggling—with our political climate or with personal distress. It is easy to become discouraged or to be consumed with anger or hostility. She will speak about practices that help us keep a hopeful and even joyful heart even as we face difficult issues.

On Friday Dr. Farley will speak about terrible times in the Old and New Testament and how the beauty and compassion of the divine are especially glimpsed in the midst of trauma and destruction. Talk begins at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments afterwards.

On Saturday, she will explore practices of beauty and compassion that might help us take awareness of God’s universal love and compassion into our hearts and bodies. We will learn about specific practices and have a chance to try them out. Come at 9:00 for a light brunch. Talk begins at 9:30 a.m.

More at http://www.newportpres.org/Meekhof-Lectures

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2/16-17: Intergenerational Ministry Workshop
Feb
16
to Feb 17

2/16-17: Intergenerational Ministry Workshop

Intergenerational Ministry Workshop at Menucha February 16-17, 2018

What are the best ways to help people grow in their faith? In times past, Sunday school classes divided by age seemed to work…but things are different today. Is the Spirit leading us to new methods?

Those interested in how churches can do a better job with Christian education for people of all ages are invited to attend a 24 hour retreat led by the Rev. Jason Santos, Ph.D., our denomination’s Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation.

The workshop is being held at Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The retreat begins at lunch on Friday, February 16, and concludes with lunch on Saturday, February 17. Early arrivals on Thursday, February 15 are welcome.

There are four sessions:

Session A: Elvis has left the Building (or, a case for why young people have left the church)
Session B: Born Identity (or, how human identity is formed through Christian community)
Session C: This is Our Story (or, what exactly do we mean by Christian formation?) 
Session D: Into the Wild (or, where do we go from here?)

Dr. Santos expects that 24 hours is “enough time for participants to engage something intensely and leave with some new ideas or frameworks for thinking about Christian Formation.” 

Registration is open at https://menucha.org/programs/intergenerational. For questions, please call Rev. Lori Nance, Menucha Program Director, at 503-695-2243.

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