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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
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(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

10/26: Right, Wrong, and Artificial Intelligence
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

10/26: Right, Wrong, and Artificial Intelligence

OCTOBER 18 & 26, 7–8:30PM

At University Presbyterian Church and Union Church

Intelligent computers and robots are coming, with much of the development work happening right in our neighborhoods at the University of Washington, in South Lake Union, and in Redmond. How will these machines be involved in our lives? How will they “learn” right from wrong in different situations, and whose values will provide the basis for that learning? 

In two nights at University Presbyterian Church and Union Church, specialists in artificial intelligence, theology, and business ethics will help us understand the technological, ethical and cultural issues in this industry, and provide a basis for an ongoing cross-spectrum discussion of these important issues. The content of each night will be similar.

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    THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 7–8:30PM

    Union Church, 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    Rev. Dr. Bruce Baker
    Former tech start-up entrepreneur and Microsoft executive, now professor of business ethics at SPU and UW
    Rev. James B Notkin
    Co-Pastor, Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU
    Tripp Parker
    Group Program Manager For Machine Learning in the Information and Content Team, Microsoft

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    10/28: Practical Church Leadership Seminar @ Menucha
    Oct
    28
    12:00am12:00am

    10/28: Practical Church Leadership Seminar @ Menucha

    Equipping Pastors, Elders, and Staff to Lead a Changing Church

    One-day, Saturday seminars designed with small churches in mind … Join instructor the Rev. Ken Evers-Hood for conversations and learning.

    October 28: Making Better Decisions Together

    How many decisions do leaders make every day? Scholars tell us about 10,000. 10,000! But did you ever take a class in decision-making? Our culture operates by the idea that we will fill our heads with knowledge, and then we will naturally make better decisions. But as the 2008 financial collapse and so many other world events indicate: this isn’t true. Learn how to distinguish between judging decisions by their outcome versus assessing them by their quality. This will help your church and you make better decisions.

    Instructor: Rev. Dr. Ken Evers-Hood

    MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION: https://menucha.org/programs/leadership-seminars

    REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13.

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    Nov
    11
    6:00pm 6:00pm

    11/11: Iranian Bible Society in Diaspora Fundraiser

    An update and invitation from Rev. Mansour Khajehpour:

    A few years ago under the leadership of UBS and a few partners such as American Bible Society a Board made of multi-agency and multi-denomination collaboration was formed to establish the Iranian Bible Society in Diaspora. Nahid Sepehri was called to be its Executive Director. Ever since 2001, I have always had the joy of serving IBSD as one of its many volunteers. 

    IBSD’s Board includes ordained and lay leaders from across denominations and from around the world. Each one of them is a distinguished servant of the Lord. Some of them have published numerous books, some lead churches or other Christian organizations such as satellite Christian TVs, and some are faithful businessmen whose heart is to share the Message with Persian speaking people worldwide. The Board of IBSD meets twice a year and in different cities where Board members reside. On this coming November (9-11) IBSD Board meets in Seattle.

    After many years of Bible distribution through the internal resources of UBS, this year IBSD’s Board approved to expand its distribution efforts to a much higher level. This is mainly done as a response to the growing need for more Bibles and New Testaments by the fastest growing house-church movement in the world, namely Iran. To this end on Saturday, November 11, 2017 (6:00 – 7:30 PM) IBSD is hosting a fundraising banquet at University Presbyterian Church. Our well-known and good friend, Rev. Earl Palmer is our keynote speaker for this event with a few reports and updates from Board members of IBSD. We would like to share this news with Seattle Presbytery and prayerfully hope to have a strong presence of our very own Presbyterian leaders.

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    12/27-30: Unite 2017 Youth Winter Retreat
    Dec
    27
    to Dec 30

    12/27-30: Unite 2017 Youth Winter Retreat

    “Unite!” 2017
    A Regional Presbyterian Youth Ministry Winter Retreat

    The purpose of this project: Unite! Youth Winter Retreat 2017, is a collaboration of Christian youth & youth ministries for the purpose of encouraging a larger and diverse community of faith among middle, high school, and college-age youth. By participating in this event you give your youth and young adults the opportunity to feel connected to the larger church body in our local North West Region.

    When: Pre-Rally: December 8
    Untie Retreat: December 27-30

    Where: Tall Timber Ranch
    27875 White River Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826

    Cost: $185.00 per participant. We have sought grant funding from the Seattle and Northwest coast presbyteries and some youth groups will do fundraisers to help raise scholarship funds. Those individuals and church communities that can afford to pay more are encouraged to pay as close to the un- subsidized ($185.00/participant) amount as possible. This payment program is based on the principle outlined by Paul in 2 Cor. 8:15. By doing this, there is extra money available to be shared with students who come from lower income communities. As a result, in the past five years, we have never had a student be unable to attend due to finances.

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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).

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    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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    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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    10/21: VERGE 2.0
    Oct
    21
    9:00am 9:00am

    10/21: VERGE 2.0

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    VERGE 2.0: October 21, 2017 @ United Presbyterian Church of Seattle

    8:30am     Gather, register, enjoy coffee & breakfast
    9:00am     VERGE 2.0 Welcome and Introductions
    9:10am      VERGE 2.0 Speakers
    12:00pm    Lunch
    12:45pm    VERGE 2.0 Speakers & Conversations
    3:00pm     Sending

    VERGE 2.0 2017 is inspired by NWC Presbytery's 3 core initiatives:  
         Congregational Renewal
         New Expressions of the Church (new worshipping communities)
         Village Ministries (congregations in communities of less than 1000 people in rural or isolated areas).  

    6 speakers will be giving TED-style talks focused on one or more of these three areas.  2017 speakers include: 

    Dave RohrerPastor of Emmanuel PC, Bothell. (Renewal)

    Seth NormingtonPastor Waterville Federated Church, Waterville. (Village)

    Becki BarrettPastor of Overlake Park PC, Bellevue. (Renewal/New Expression)

    Lina ThompsonPastor of Lake Burien PC, Burien, WA. (Renewal)

    Nick WarnesPastor of Northland Village Church and Director of Cyclical LA. (New Expressions). 

    Tamisha TylerPastor of a New Church Expression in LA Area and Ph.D. Student at Fuller Seminary.  Works with Nick Warnes through Cyclical. (New Expressions). 

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    10/18: Right, Wrong, and Artificial Intelligence
    Oct
    18
    7:00pm 7:00pm

    10/18: Right, Wrong, and Artificial Intelligence

    Right, Wrong, and Artificial Intelligence

    What's at Stake?

    October 18 & 26, 7–8:30pm

    At University Presbyterian Church and Union Church

    Intelligent computers and robots are coming, with much of the development work happening right in our neighborhoods at the University of Washington, in South Lake Union, and in Redmond. How will these machines be involved in our lives? How will they “learn” right from wrong in different situations, and whose values will provide the basis for that learning? 

    In two nights at University Presbyterian Church and Union Church, specialists in artificial intelligence, theology, and business ethics will help us understand the technological, ethical and cultural issues in this industry, and provide a basis for an ongoing cross-spectrum discussion of these important issues. The content of each night will be similar.

    Download event flyer.

    WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 7–8:30PM

    Join us at UPC in the Sanctuary, 4540 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    Rev. Dr. Bruce Baker
    Former tech start-up entrepreneur and Microsoft executive, now professor of business ethics at SPU and UW
    Prof. Nathan Kutz
    Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
    Rev. James B Notkin
    Co-Pastor, Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU
    Tripp Parker
    Group Program Manager For Machine Learning in the Information and Content Team, Microsoft.

      THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 7–8:30PM

      Union Church, 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

      Rev. Dr. Bruce Baker
      Former tech start-up entrepreneur and Microsoft executive, now professor of business ethics at SPU and UW
      Rev. James B Notkin
      Co-Pastor, Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU
      Tripp Parker
      Group Program Manager For Machine Learning in the Information and Content Team, Microsoft

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      10/5: Planning a Pastor's Retirement Webinar
      Oct
      5
      9:00am 9:00am

      10/5: Planning a Pastor's Retirement Webinar

      Church Tax & Law Featured Resource: "Planning a Pastor's Retirement" Webinar

      Retirement planning is complex. Chief among the reasons for this complexity are the many rules and regulations involved. And the unique tax status of pastors, in addition to the general tax rules affecting churches, only add to that complexity when it comes to retirement-related decisions.

      Sadly, many in ministry don't deal directly with this topic, complexities and all, until it's too late. One in five pastors do not save anything toward retirement—and for those who do, the amounts aren't nearly enough. It's crucial for pastors and boards to start thinking now about this topic, and obtaining trustworthy information to do that is the first step. That is why I'm thrilled to announce two upcoming resources designed to meet that need.

      The first is "Planning a Pastor's Retirement," a free webinar presented by attorney Richard Hammar at 11 a.m. (Central)/12 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, October 5. During this one-hour presentation, Rich will provide critical information related to pastoral retirement planning, church plans, deferred compensation plans, tax-sheltered annuities (such as 403(b) plans and IRAs), and housing allowances. Then, a few weeks later, our November/December issue of Church Law & Tax Report comes out, featuring articles by Rich and other attorneys who delve even deeper into this critical subject.

      The task of retirement planning isn't impossible. Good planning and decision-making, coupled with diligence and patience, can make a difference for all pastors, regardless of their career stage. Take this opportunity to prioritize it by signing up today!

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      9/30: Weaving Our Strengths Conference
      Sep
      30
      8:00am 8:00am

      9/30: Weaving Our Strengths Conference

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      2017 Weaving Our Strengths Conference: For Such a Time as This

      You could be the part of the biggest day of the year in the work to enrich and support our local faith communities: Weaving Our Strengths.  Sponsored in part by Seattle Presbytery.

      This daylong conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill building will strengthen local churches’ efforts to make a difference for the common good. It will include workshops, story sharing, organizing conversation tables, song, and the Gertrude Apel Awards. The Apel Awards annually recognize one congregation & one individual with a pioneering spirit of faithful justice-making.

      "There is so much goodness in the people of this country; that's the hope. My experience, as a Muslim, is that we can rely upon the Church Council of Greater Seattle as a partner, to connect the hope among all our communities."

      --Sanaa Joy Carey

      Learn more online.

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      9/29: Boundary Training
      Sep
      29
      10:00am10:00am

      9/29: Boundary Training

      Presented by Samaritan Center of Puget Sound & Seattle Presbytery

      Boundary training is required for all minister members of Seattle Presbytery. This workshop is open to all church leaders. 

      Registration deadline: September 27, 2017

      Cost: $25/person. Lunch is included. Pay online and complete registration form.

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      9/26-29: Presbyterians for Earth Care 2017 Conference
      Sep
      26
      to Sep 29

      9/26-29: Presbyterians for Earth Care 2017 Conference

      Blessing the Waters of Life: Justice and Healing for Our Watersheds

      September 26-29, 2017

      Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR

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      Pre-Conference Options: September 24-26

      SPIRIT OF THE SALMON: Water, Culture, and Justice in the Columbia Watershed

      Environmental Justice Immersion

      Nature explorations including hikes in the Columbia Gorge and environmental service projects at Menucha

      Special event on the evening of September 24 with Ilarion (Larry) Merculief

      Registration deadline is September 5, 2017. All are welcome.

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      9/23: Crossroads Anti-Racism Training
      Sep
      23
      9:00am 9:00am

      9/23: Crossroads Anti-Racism Training

      EVENT LOCATION CHANGE:

      Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

      Registration is closed & event has reached max capacity.

      Racism dehumanizes us all —
      Dismantling racism heals us all.
      Recognizing that racism goes beyond personal prejudice, Crossroads offers a distinctive power analysis of how racism functions in institutions, and offers tools to create antiracist transformation.

      Led by nationally recognized leaders with experience training church leaders, this event is open to all our churches. We do request, in order to provide a more effective experience, that a minimum of 5 members from each faith community attend together.
      Members of the Presbytery Council, Committee on Ministry and Committee on Preparation for Ministry are strongly encouraged to attend.

      Learn more about Crossroads Anti-Racism Organization.

      Our workshop will be the one-day anti-racism training with the focus on our particular institution - the church.

      Introduction to Systemic Racism (1 day)
      The purpose of this introductory workshop is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice. Participants will experience first-hand Crossroads effective methodology for facilitating productive conversations about race. They will also be be introduced to a strategic methodology that can assist people effectively organize to dismantle racism in their institutions.


      Note: If registering for a group (more than one attendee), please list names and email address for each attendee in the "Additional Information" area of the online registration.

      Cost: $10 per attendee.  Includes lunch and materials.  Registration is closed; event is at max capacity.

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      Sep
      6
      to Sep 10

      9/6-10: Blues for Mr. Charlie produced by the Williams Project

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      Blues for Mr. Charlie produced by the Williams Project.
      September 6-10 @ Emerald City Bible Fellowship (7:00 pm)
      September 13-17 @ Franklin High School

      James Baldwin's rarely produced play explores race and violence in the United States with honesty, music, dark humor, and compassion.  In a small southern town, a white shopkeeper kills a black musician. As the case heads to trial and tensions rise, a Reverend, a journalist, and the shopkeeper’s wife struggle to make sense of the truth. Written in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of Baldwin’s friend and civil rights activist Medgar Evers. 

      For more information, click here.

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      Aug
      28
      5:30pm 5:30pm

      8/28: "We Are Not Going Back" Commemoration of the 54th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice 

      "We Are Not Going Back" Commemoration of the 54th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice 

      Monday August 28, 2017 5:30 -7:00 PM
      Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Martin Luther King Jr, Way South. 

      Keynote Speakers will be pastor and community leader Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, former NBA player & winning Head Coach and children's foundation creator Lenny Wilkens, and Attorney, political advocate and CNN commentator Angela Rye.

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      8/10-11: The Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres
      Aug
      10
      to Aug 11

      8/10-11: The Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres

      REGISTRATION

      Registration is now open for the 2017 Leadership Summit at BelPres. 

      Whether at church, school, business or home, you are leading people and projects every day. You’re leading in a culture that is constantly changing and redefining itself. Leadership takes perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways. August 10 & 11, 2017: you’re invited to gather with thousands of leaders across North America for The Global Leadership Summit. Commit now to be a part of this annual event designed to stretch and challenge you with world-class speakers, interactive dialogue and practical training.

      Questions? Or for further information about scholarships or special pricing considerations, contact Christine Corneille in the Leadership Development Department at (425) 454-3082 ext. 3321.

      Learn more & register online.

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      7/24-28: Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)
      Jul
      24
      to Jul 28

      7/24-28: Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)

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      Reformation and Re-Formation: The Church as Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

      • What are the biblical and theological foundations that inform our practice of ministry?
      • What types of re-formation must take place in us and among us as Christians?
      • Finally, what do we envision as the future of our churches as witnesses to Jesus’ gospel?

      These issues will guide our discussions and our worship during WIM 2017 on the beautiful campus of Whitworth University. We do hope that you will set aside five days for spiritual renewal, personal refreshment and ministry formation. We hope to see you July 24-28 in Spokane!


      Keynotes

      We are delighted to have two nationally renowned ministry leaders, who will guide our focus on Reformation and Re-Formation.

      Reformation
      Leonard Sweet

      Five hundred years ago, the church faced challenges as a generation of pastors, lay leaders, theologians, and ordinary citizens from Western Europe decided to challenge the logic of Christendom by defining the church for their time. Their hope was to be part of a freer church, a church breaking free from the chains of de-humanizing ideologies, theologies, imperial powers and sociocultural stereotypes. Leonard Sweet, nationally renowned author and scholar, will unpack the assertion of five Reformation “solas,” taking the theme of “walk”: Sola Fide: The Essene Walk; Sola Scriptura: The Garden Walk; Solus Christus: The Emmaus Walk; Sola Gratia: The Damascus Walk; and Sola Deo Gloria: The Calvary Walk.

      Re-Formation
      Oscar García-Johnson

      The re-formation of today's church is far from over, as challenges similar to those of the Reformation continue to raise questions about the church’s identity and mission. To guide our discussion on re-formation for the church in the 21st century, Garcia-Johnson will cast a vision of today’s re-formation by identifying the church without borders. Together, we will embark in the adventurous task of re-envisioning the Church of Jesus Christ for our future, as we assume our generational task in this re-formation agenda.

      Please view our keynote speaker biographies here.


      Tracks

      WIM 2017 will offer several tracks that will run over several days and times. Each WIM registrant will choose one track to attend throughout the entire week. Please view each track leader's biography here.

      Planning and Leading Worship for Christian Formation: Theology, Pedagogy and Resources
      Benjamin Brody
      Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

      In this track, we will explore how to plan and lead worship services that both engage worshipers and serve to shape their faith. Over our three days together, we will explore a theological foundation for worship that forms faith, look at practical ways to plan and lead formational music and liturgy, and discover practical resources (song and prayer resources) for serving our congregations.

      A Track for Pastor's Spouses
      Suzette McGonigal
      Tuesday & Thursday, 3-5:15 p.m.

      This track is an opportunity for those in support roles to encourage each other and to connect and share with others who understand the joys and complexities of being in a ministry support role. Please join in the discussion, or just come and listen.

      Re-Formation for the Church’s Responsibility to Embrace Immigrants and Refugees
      Michelle Warren & Mike McClenahan
      Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

      How can churches and Christians respond practically to the issue of immigration? What is the biblical basis for welcoming the stranger? Hear and interact with the story of one pastor who said yes, and became an accidental advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. McClenahan will share the practical way his church has been responding for 30 years with the love of Christ within the Latino/a community through a worshipping community, tutoring children, high school college prep and immigration services.

      Minds & Hearts Set on Christ: Spiritual Formation and Biblical Teaching Enrichment
      Ron Pyle, George Goodrich, Eric Peterson, & Mindy Smith
      Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

      This biblical teaching track will focus on the intersection of the pastor-teacher's personal spiritual formation with the responsibility to communicate the biblical message with clarity, passion and conviction. The members of the teaching team have decades of experience studying the essential elements of Christian discipleship in relation to the biblical teachings. This track is primarily designed for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) pastors who are participating in a preaching/teaching cohort funded by the denominational grant. Others are welcome to join this track, and, if they choose, to join or form a cohort that will continue the learning process throughout the year.

      Re-Formation for the 21st Century Missional Church
      Rob Fairbanks
      Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

      In this season of significant political division permeated with racial and ethnic unrest, the significance of the church is increasingly being pressed to the margins of society. How can a community of faith position itself to remain faithful to its witness to the Gospel? What practices will encourage the church to live out its true missionary identity?

      We will explore ecclesial practices that will help us to shape and build tangibly loving communities and to declare and demonstrate faithfully Jesus’ Good News as God’s people living in authentic community in an increasingly secular society.

      The Book of Romans as Paul’s Theological Guide for Re-Formation
      James Edwards
      Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

      2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, which launched the Protestant Reformation. No biblical document made a greater contribution to the Reformation than the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Luther’s Commentary on Romans was the first exposition of Romans on the basis of four Reformation "solas" – Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, and Christ alone. In this track, we will consider Romans in light of its Reformation setting and its contemporary witness.

      Learn more & register online.

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      7/18: SeaPres Stated Meeting
      Jul
      18
      5:00pm 5:00pm

      7/18: SeaPres Stated Meeting

      SeaPres Stated Meeting

      Tuesday, July 18, 2017

      Special Guest: PC(USA) Co-Moderator Rev. Denise Anderson

      3:00pm: Appetizers & conversation with Rev. Denise Anderson on observations of the Church we're becoming: places of hope & challenge. Read a recent Presbyterian Outlook article featuring PC(USA) Co-Moderators' reflections.

      5:00pm: Meeting begins, Rev. Denise Anderson preaching during worship

      Location: Calvary PC, 1725 Porter St, Enumclaw, WA 98022.

      If you are able to host a presbytery meeting, please contact EJ Lee.

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      7/6: Anti-Racism Training
      Jul
      6
      7:00pm 7:00pm

      7/6: Anti-Racism Training

      A special invitation from Lake Burien PC:

      As part of Lake Burien PC continued journey in understanding issues of race/racism facing our congregation and community,  we are thrilled to have Diana Dunn, core trainer and organizer from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, coming from New Orleans to be with us for an evening of Anti-Racism training.   The event is on Thursday, July 6th and will start at 7:00 PM in the Daylight basement.  

      We’d like to extend this invitation to anyone from the Presbytery who would like to attend this evening with us.  If you are interested, please send an email to: office@lbpc.org and let Shearl (our office manager) know if you are coming and if you are bringing anyone with you from your congregation.  

      We specifically are targeting invitations to members of Presbytery at this point - as part of our ongoing commitment to do this work together within the context of our presbytery. There is no cost to attend this event.

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      6/25: Shannon Smythe Ordination
      Jun
      25
      3:00pm 3:00pm

      6/25: Shannon Smythe 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 worship for the ordination of Shannon Nicole Smythe, who has received a call at Seattle Pacific University. 

      Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 3:00 PM, reception will follow.  Childcare provided.

      Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

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      6/21-23: San Francisco Theological Seminary Preview Days
      Jun
      21
      to Jun 23

      6/21-23: San Francisco Theological Seminary Preview Days

      From San Francisco Theological Seminary:

      Our next event will be June 21-23-our summer Preview Days. With so much to offer, we know how important it is to invite prospective students to our campus. Our upcoming Preview Days event is part academic seminar, part spiritual retreat.  SFTS will introduce prospective students to our robust theological education and inclusive community. This is a perfect opportunity to explore our innovative degree programs, courses, and beautiful campus, meet faculty and students, and explore the area surrounding the seminary grounds.

      We are excited to tell you we have scheduled 5 events over the next year to invite guests into our community.  

      Best of all, we will do everything can to help folks get here! 

      Our invitation includes:

      1. Travel vouchers to help cover travel costs (up to $300!)
      2. Ground transportation from/to the airport
      3. Free room and board on our beautiful campus
      4. Application fees will be waived for attending guests
      5. Generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities (qualified applicants)

      San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) is the only PC(USA) seminary in the western part of our country.  You may also know we are a fully-accredited Presbyterian USA seminary (www.pcusa.org) offering the following programs:

      • Master of Divinity (M. Div.)
      • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
      • Common MA through the GTU (Graduate Theological Union)
      • Doctor of Ministry programs,
      • Studies in specialized ministries such as:
        • Spiritual direction
        • Pastoral care and counselling
        • Clinical Pastoral Education.

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      6/11: Kent First PC Celebration Service
      Jun
      11
      1:00pm 1:00pm

      6/11: Kent First PC Celebration Service

      After 150 plus years of serving the Lord in the Auburn/Kent area Kent First Presbyterian Church will be closing its doors on June 11th, 2017.  Please join us in our Celebration service on June 11th.  The service will start at 1:00p.m. with a reception following.

      Please R.S.V.P. to fpck@centurylink.net by June 4th and indicate number of guests attending.

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      6/10: Volunteer Park Pride Festival
      Jun
      10
      12:00pm12:00pm

      6/10: Volunteer Park Pride Festival

      A group of Seattle Presbytery churches is excited to be hosting a booth at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival on June 10th, noon-7pm. This is a family-focused event with music, food, and community speakers. Pastors and Volunteers will be on hand to share the welcoming love of Christ to all, offer prayers and anointing, and communicate to the LGBT community that PC(USA), the Seattle Presbytery, and participating churches are loving, welcoming spaces for people to experience the peace of God, growth in their faith, and communion with others regardless of their gender identity and expression or sexual orientation. If you  have questions or would like to volunteer at the booth, please contact Jeny Carlson at jeny.carlson@gmail.com. Volunteer sign-up also available online.

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      6/4: Steel Lake Celebration Sunday
      Jun
      4
      10:00am10:00am

      6/4: Steel Lake Celebration Sunday

      June 4th will be Steel Lake's final worship “Celebration Sunday”, at the Steel Lake Presbyterian Church campus. Service starts at 10:00 a.m. and there will be a farewell reception in the Starkey Friendship Center following worship. We are temporarily moving and will be worshipping out of Calvary Lutheran Church starting June 11th, service starts at 11:15 a.m. Our Adult Christian Education program will resume on the 11th as well and that starts at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran.

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      6/3: Inviting the Stranger
      Jun
      3
      1:00pm 1:00pm

      6/3: Inviting the Stranger

      We will begin our day by listening to leaders from several major spiritual backgrounds. Each presenter will offer the lens through which their spiritual formation instructs and guides them to be inviting and welcoming of strangers. Speakers include Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman, Genjo Marinello, Anil Singh-Molares, Yogacharya Ellen O’Brian, Maria Barrera, and Miriam Frey.

      Following the presentations, we will break into small groups facilitated by spiritual companions to discuss what the obstacles and challenges around welcoming a stranger can look and feel like, what it might take to step beyond our fears and out of our comfort zones, and which practical tools we might be able to employ to reach.

      Lastly, we will end our time sharing with each other across common themes and approaches that may be emerging. Our hope is to build connections in the community and begin to answer the question of what is our call to action?

      RSVP to events@sdiworld.org and join the conversation!

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      6/3: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)
      Jun
      3
      9:00am 9:00am

      6/3: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)

      Registration deadline: Thurs., June 1 @ 12:00 PM.

      5/31 UPDATE: Saturday, 6/3 training is currently the only available training option.  The Friday, 6/2 training registration has reached max capacity.    

      4/21 UPDATE: These trainings are for ordained clergy only. Space is limited; registration will close once max capacity is reached. Boundary training is mandatory for all presbytery clergy. Future trainings will be offered for church staff and leaders. Please check our neighboring presbyteries (Northwest Coast & Olympia) for other upcoming training workshops. Seattle Presbytery clergy, contact our stated clerk to report that you've completed training elsewhere.

      Training Description:

      Boundary Awareness workshops typically focus on sexual boundaries in ministry, but this training will also include: Financial boundaries, conflict of interest, complications of social media.

      The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why it is so difficult to set and maintain boundaries in a church system, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

      Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on: improved levels of differentiation of self, improved emotional intelligence, and steps to begin to develop both.

      Presenter: David C. Olsen, PhD

      David Olsen has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) since its inception in 1985.  He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University of Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has done extensive post graduate work in family therapy.

      David recently co-authored "Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015).

      REGISTRATION FEE: $25 (INCLUDES LUNCH). PAY ONLINE AND COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM. SPACE IS LIMITED.

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      6/3: Plant Sale Fundraiser
      Jun
      3
      8:30am 8:30am

      6/3: Plant Sale Fundraiser

      • 35th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 80th Seattle, WA (map)
      • Google Calendar ICS

      University PC's Balkan Task Force will host a Huge Plant Sale on Saturday, June 3 from 8:30am-4:00pm in the Wedgwood area.

       Location:  35th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 80th just south of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church.  All the proceeds will go to help missions projects in the Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia).  All the plants are being donated by Smith Gardens Nursery of Bellingham.  There will be hanging baskets, flowers, and perennials. 

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      5/23: The Confirmation Project Research Findings
      May
      23
      11:30am11:30am

      5/23: The Confirmation Project Research Findings

      Are you rethinking how to strengthen the faith of youth and integrate them into the body of Christ?

      Learn more about research findings from The Confirmation Project.

      Join researcher Katie Douglass (Seattle Presbytery, Validated Ministry). This project, housed at Princeton Theological Seminary and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., studied the confirmation and equivalent programs of over 3,000 congregations and found that confirmation programs that engaged parents, utilized mentors, went to camp, and engaged the theological curiosity and questions of youth had the greatest success in making disciples of Jesus Christ. 

      While there is no easy formula for great faith formation, the findings of this research show ministry leaders what other congregations are doing, what youth are interested in, and what parents are hoping.

      After the lecture there will be time for you to reflect on your own program and imagine with other ministry leaders what small or large changes you might consider making based on this research.

      11:30am Lecture, 12:30pm Workshop ($20 for both lecture & workshop, includes lunch).

      Contact: Lindsay Harris Murphy.

      See event flyer.

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      5/15-18: 2nd Generation Korean-American Pastors' Conference
      May
      15
      to May 18

      5/15-18: 2nd Generation Korean-American Pastors' Conference

      Shepherding Our Call

      THIS CONFERENCE IS GEARED TOWARDS PASTORS SERVING WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A KOREAN CHURCH. HOWEVER, OTHERS ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO ATTEND!

      DATES: MAY 15-18, 2017 (MON-THURS)

      LOCATION: SEATTLE HYUNGJAE CHURCH (KM: www.hyungjae.org, EM: New Life - www.seattlenewlife.org)
      3700 MONTE VILLA PKWY BOTHELL, WA 98021

      LODGING: Red Lion Inn & Suites Bothwell - 3850 Monte Villa Parkway
      Bothell, WA 98021. www.redlion.com/bothell

      THEME: "SHEPHERDING OUR CALLING" PSALM 78:72

      GUEST SPEAKERS:
      * REV. EUGENE CHO (LEAD PASTOR - QUEST CHURCH - SEATTLE, WA)
      * REV. BEN SHIN (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, TALBOT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, LA MIRADA, CA).
      * REV. MIN CHUNG (SENIOR PASTOR, COVENANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, URBANA, IL)

      Register online.

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      May
      13
      11:00am11:00am

      5/13: Disaster Preparedness Meeting

      The State of WA is asking faith-based leaders to help get neighborhoods prepared.

      Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a state-wide disaster preparedness program that empowers neighborhoods to prepare for emergencies and disaster situations.

      Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a

      “Disaster Preparedness Meeting”

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00am to 1:30pm, 3201 Hunter Blvd. South, Seattle, 98144 

      MYN is a wonderful resource that was designed with every neighborhood, community and individual in mind. MYN is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level; urban homes; rural areas and in condos/apartment complexes; office buildings, etc.... MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police, or utility responders arrive.

      In a disaster your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you!

      The reality is that most neighborhoods will be on their own for the first hours following disaster, maybe for as long as three days or even longer! If people have been hurt, if there’s a fire, if property has been damaged, the real first responders will be you and your neighbors. Fire, police, medical and 9-1-1 personnel will be overwhelmed dealing with immediate life-threatening demands.

      * Learn the first 9 Steps to take immediately following a Disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster. These steps will help you quickly and safely take ac ons that can minimize damage and protect lives. Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood a er a disaster and take the necessary actions.

      We believe that we are on the verge of experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the U.S. Come and learn what you need to do to prepare for this disaster.

      At Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church we are committed to helping our neighbors & our community to be equipped, to get prepared, and to helping one another.

      MYN Presenters: Scott & Susan Burbank of Bellevue Presbyterian Church

      Fire Department Official: Chief Randy Krause—SeaTac Fire & Rescue

      Disaster Preparedness Facilitator - Judy Scott

      Host - Pastor Lee Seese, Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church

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