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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

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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11/6: New Worshiping Communities Lunch Event
Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

11/6: New Worshiping Communities Lunch Event

The SP NWC Task Force will be hosting a brown bag luncheon on November 6th at 12pm at Kakao Cafe in South Lake Union. The brown bag luncheon is open to all and we hope that it will be a place for New Worshipping Communities to come together and share their stories with each other. This is also a time when you can meet with the members of the Task Force.

Where: Kakao Conference Room, South Lake Union 415 Westlake Building 

When: November 6th, 12-1pm

Who: New Worshipping Communities, and those interested in creating NWCs 

What: Brown Bag Luncheon, bring your own lunch! 

Why: To meet the NWC Task Force of the Seattle Presbytery and to learn more about New Worshipping Communities! 

Please direct any questions about this event to daniforbess@gmail.com 

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Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

11/10: Trends and Skills in Christian Pastoral Care

Presenter: Rev Dr Lynne Baab, author of Nurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-first Century

Description: In the past few decades, Christian pastoral care has changed in many ways. The pastoral counseling model remains, but many additional models have developed: lay pastoral care teams, small groups as a major place for pastoral care, and pastoral care among people in the wider community as well as within congregations. Today, we know much more about empowerment, the challenges of ethnic diversity, and the communities and contexts in which care recipients live and move. This workshop will provide an overview of seven current trends in pastoral care and four pastoral care skills that are essential for our time: understanding stress, listening skills, spiritual practices, and resilience.

Lynne Baab was associate pastor at Bethany Presbyterian Church between 1997 and 2004. She then earned a PhD in communication from the University of Washington and taught pastoral theology in New Zealand from 2007 to 2017. She is the author of numerous books on Christian spiritual practices and congregational life, most recentlyNurturing Hope: Christian Pastoral Care in the Twenty-First Century. She blogs atlynnebaab.com.

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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
Items for Sale

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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12/27-30: UNITE Youth Winter Retreat
Dec
27
to Dec 30

12/27-30: UNITE Youth Winter Retreat

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 Region.

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

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

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Contact: Curtis White

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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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7/15-20: Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Jul
15
to Jul 20

7/15-20: Presbyterian Youth Triennium

PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM

JULY 16 - 20, 2019 AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY IN INDIANA

Get ready for the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium - a gathering held every three years for high school age students in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Youth from churches across the country come together for this life-changing, life-giving, faith-growing gathering! This is a week that feeds young disciples and shapes their leadership gifts. Participants are invited into a deepening life of discipleship and service to the world.

For our Seattle Presbytery Delegation, we invite participants from all Seattle Presbytery Churches and Fellowships. There is no limit on the number of students per church. We are also interested in accommodating an engaged adult advisor from as many churches as possible.

Learn more about Triennium by visiting www.presbyterianyouthtriennium.org

Let us know you’re interested in Triennium!

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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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10/16: Seattle First AC/Session & SeaPres Executive Board Listening Session
Oct
16
4:00 PM16:00

10/16: Seattle First AC/Session & SeaPres Executive Board Listening Session

Listening Session: October 16, 4:00-4:45pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ -

The  Seattle First Presbyterian Church AC/Session and SeaPres Executive Board invite you to a pre-Presbytery meeting from 4-4:45 pm on October 16 to share in the story of how God has guided and directed the AC/Session's discernment and decision to sell the downtown Seattle First property. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with representatives from the AC/Session and EB. This event is open to all Seattle Presbytery members.  

To better prepare yourself for discussion of the action that was approved at the July Presbytery meeting, we encourage you to read the FPCS AC/Session FAQ and linked documents that explain who the AC/Session is, the history and context of our service, and a series of answers to common questions about the decision to list the property for sale. 

More Information:

Stated Clerk Report: October Presbytery Meeting

FPCS AC/Session Response Regarding Vacant Property Resolution

Seattle Presbytery Executive Board Response Regarding Vacant Property Resolution

https://www.seattlepresbytery.org/fpcs-ac/

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10/14: Movie Screening "The IF Project" / Understanding Incarceration
Oct
9
8:00 PM20:00

10/14: Movie Screening "The IF Project" / Understanding Incarceration

Sunday, October 14th,
Union Church will host the screening of "The IF Project",  a collaboration between Law Enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults, and community partners focused on intervention, prevention and reduction in incarceration and recidivism. This project is based on the question: If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?

 

12:00 pm. Simple lunch

12:30 pm  Movie followed by discussion

Childcare is available and will provide age-appropriate activities that allow the kids to engage in the topic of incarceration.

This event is FREE to all, though donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the movie, food, and childcare.

 

Address: 415 Westlake Ave N

https://the-if-project.eventbrite.com/

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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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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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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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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

Registration is live!

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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