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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

9/14: Ibram X. Kendi - How To Be An Antiracist
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

9/14: Ibram X. Kendi - How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America. But even more fundamentally, his ideas point us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi joins us with perspectives from his book How to Be an Antiracist, asking us to think about what an antiracist society might look like and how we can play an active role in building it. Kendi weaves a combination of ethics, history, law, and science, together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. Become part of a conversation with Kendi, and examine ideas for how we can go beyond an awareness of racism and contribute to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic, as well as a professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker.

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9/25: Honorably Retired Ministers Gathering
Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

9/25: Honorably Retired Ministers Gathering

Calling All Honorably-Retired Ministers of Seattle Presbytery!

On May 22 a group of twenty retired ministers and our guests gathered at the Mercer Island church. We shared experiences of our involvements with churches and religion in our childhoods. We heard from our Presbytery Co-Executive Eliana Maxim. We talked about what our group might be and do going forward, and set the date for our next gathering. And we shared a delicious lunch together. 

We will meet in the Fireside Room of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, on Wed. September 25, beginning at 10 am. The church is located at 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island. 

RSVP to: Rita-Lou Clarke (HR, Seattle Presbytery) & Tony Nugent (HR, Seattle Presbytery)

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10/7-10: Transitional Ministry Workshop @ Menucha
Oct
7
to Oct 10

10/7-10: Transitional Ministry Workshop @ 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.

Whether you are an Interim, Installed, or Stated Supply pastor, through these workshops you will gain skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow.

*This Workshop qualifies as Interim Ministry Training. Both Week 1 and Week 2 curricula will be offered simultaneously.  If you have had Week 1 training in the past (within the last 3 years), register for Week 2.  If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1.

Workshop Facilitators:  Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong and Eliana Maxim

Learn more and register online.


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.

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).

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Oct
14
8:30 AM08:30

10/14-18: Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.  This outstanding inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA (Seattle–Tacoma area) from 8:30am-5:00pm daily on October 14-18, 2019.  Early-birds who register no later than September 13, 2019 can save $200 (non-discounted rate is $895).  Register either by submitting the form found on the brochure or by going to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4056198 (a small fee will be added for online registrations).  For more information, please visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website at https://lmpeacecenter.org/events-page/msti/ or call 630-627-0507.  Thank you!

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

10/21-22: Lectionary Seminar/Retreat @ Menucha

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LECTIONARY SEMINAR/RETREAT

PREACHING AND TEACHING JOHN

DURING THE LENTEN AND EASTER SEASONS 

with the Rev. Dr. Frances Taylor Gench

Monday, October 21 – Tuesday, October 22 

THANKS TO A GRANT FROM PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY, there are new prices for minister members of a presbytery:

  • FULL SCHOLARSHIPS for up to SIX FIRST-TIME MINISTER ATTENDEES!

  • FULL NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS for up to 6 MINISTER ATTENDEES!

  • SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN PRICES FOR ALL MINISTER ATTENDEES! 

COSTS covers 4 meals, lodging, and program for ministers:
$60 for Shared Room
$110 for Clergy Couple
$135 for Private Single Room (2 left at press time)
$50 for Commuters – covers 3 meals and program

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND REGISTER ONLINE: https://menucha.org/programs/lectionary-retreat

SPEAKER

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Frances Taylor Gench is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and was on the faculty of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg from 1986 to 1999. She served as a member of the PC(USA) General Assembly’s Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church (2001-2006), and is a parish associate at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Her research and teaching interests include the Gospels, women in the biblical world and feminist biblical criticism, global and intercultural perspectives on the Bible, and issues of biblical authority and interpretation.  The author of six books, her most recent publication is Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Dr. Gench says, "For many centuries, dating back to the ancient Jerusalem liturgy, the Church has singled out stories from John’s Gospel for reflection during Lent (the stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus).  The lectionary also features texts from John throughout the season of Easter.  We will prepare for preaching and teaching Johannine texts through collective reflection on them and consideration of new angles of vision provided by recent methodologies and interpreters who read the Bible from different social locations." 

WHO BENEFITS

Invigorate your thinking with the latest in biblical scholarship while you let someone else do the cooking! Pastors, elders, adult education teachers, Commissioned Ruling Elders, seminarians and others under care of our Presbytery in preparation for ministry will benefit from Dr. Gench's presentation and from lively in-depth discussions within the group. Plus there’s time at Menucha for walking, meditating, and long conversations or napping – whatever feeds your soul.  

WHERE

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in the Columbia River Gorge in Corbett, Oregon, offers excellent meals with homemade daily bread, comfortable accommodations, and 102 acres with exceptional views and space to wander. https://menucha.org/directions

MORE INFO

Got questions? We welcome phone calls (503-695-2243) or email (lori@menucha.org).

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10/21-25: Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership
Oct
24
to Oct 25

10/21-25: Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership

NEXT Church, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and Metro Industrial Areas Foundation have teamed up once again to offer a Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership.

The next organizing training will be held October 21-25, 2019. Registration is now open.

The certificate program consists of a one-week intensive in-person training and a distance learning cohort. Participants may also choose just to participate in the week-long intensive training. The program is open to clergy, laypeople, community leaders, seminarians, and others interested in organizing and community engagement.

The training provides:

  • an introduction to the universals of community organizing through examples of their implementation in ministry and community contexts.

  • a theological foundation and reflection on organizing universals and public faith leadership as well as congregational development.

This training will articulate a theological vision of ministry that emphasizes leadership development and the role of the church in the current political and cultural moment to help pastors and church leaders navigate the significant cultural changes we confront in the 21st century. The organizing principles and disciplines are crucial for leaders to build the power to lead and change the culture of our institutions and communities.

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Jan
13
to Jan 15

1/13-15: Finding Home: Cultivating Faithfulness to True Self in Ministry and Life

Finding Home: Cultivating Faithfulness to True Self in Ministry and Life, January 13-15, 2020

This three-day Circle of Trust retreat will be at St. Andrews Retreat Center in Union, WA.

In the retreat, skilled facilitators help to create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space – a Circle of Trust® – in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice.

Message from Rev. Julie Scheer Johnson:

My co-facilitator Emily Chamberlain and I are creating the retreat to be a peaceful mid-week time to reflect and renew following the joy and busyness of Advent and Christmas.  At the Finding Home retreat, we’ll explore what it means to be at home with who we are, and we’ll reflect on the spaces of deep joy that honor our best gifts. Together, we’ll listen for next steps in our personal and professional lives and honor the places where God meets us.

Registration for this retreat is now available!  I’d love to welcome you to the retreat if you are looking for a place of solitude in community like this.  I’ve attached the flyer which has complete retreat information, including registration information.  I have also provided the link to online registration below.

http://www.couragerenewal.org/events/home2020/

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3/2-4: NEXT Church National Gathering in Cincinnati
Mar
2
to Mar 4

3/2-4: NEXT Church National Gathering in Cincinnati

WHAT DO THESE STONES MEAN?

Witness, Power, and Hope

Cincinnati, OH

March 2-4, 2020

Joshua 4:1-9

OUR THEME

The twelve stones placed in the middle of the Jordan River served as a memorial to God’s faithfulness. They witnessed to through the trials and tribulations overcome by the people of God. The stones also testified to future generations that God, who made a way where there was no way, will once again lead us to redemption and transformation.

We are called to remember our forebears, the great distances they covered and the faith that carried them. Their memory inspires us and challenges us to move forward in our own faith journey. Their memory calls us to stay the course, to wade in the waters of life, to continue to struggle for the Kin-dom of God where justice, love, and peace flow freely. When we are willing to sacrifice the comfort of what we know for the gift of new life promised by God, we become living stones that witness and testify to God’s provision, promise, and power that transform our hope into reality.

Let us meet by the river in Cincinnati for the 2020 NEXT Church National Gathering, to remember, pray, sing, and testify to God’s power that transforms us and our work to reflect God’s faithfulness.

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

The planning team is seeking workshops that are engaging and thoughtful, spark new ideas and approaches to ministry, and are rooted in practical application with an eye for context. These workshops can be held on-site at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel or off-site in Cincinnati. Consider the theme (“What Do These Stones Mean?”) and the story of Joshua 3-4 when proposing workshop topics. Workshops do not need to explicitly name the theme; rather, use it as a starting place when you consider a proposal. Workshop blocks are 90 minutes in length and there will be two blocks of workshops.

Do you have a workshop you would like to offer at this year’s National Gathering? Fill out this online form by Wednesday, July 31 to submit a proposal.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

If you have any questions, contact Kate Morrison, our workshop team lead.

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Aug
13
9:00 AM09:00

8/13: Count Me In! Webinar (To take action with my congregation to prevent gun violence)

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REGISTER HERE

This webinar is intended for people of faith who want to engage their congregation in conversations and action to prevent gun violence. Rev. Deanna Hollas, Gun Violence Prevention Ministries Coordinator will share examples of faith communities who are taking these steps together and some ideas about how to do this in your community. She will orient people to the GVP Congregational Toolkit as one resource for you in this work. Participants will be invited to ask questions and to participate in a follow-up meeting in a month to share how this is going in your community and support each other.

Lord, grant to our church members, both those of us who own guns and those of us who do not, a unity of purpose to change the national debate on gun violence. Show us the path (from a prayer written for the Count Me In! campaign)

Special invitation for viewing & discussion at Woodland Park PC: 225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 98103. RSVP to Pastor Staci Imes.


We are gathering photos of Presbyterians engaged in Gun Violence Prevention who are saying COUNT ME IN, so that for those who are also talking about it and feel alone or for those who aren't talking and feel fear, that they would get encouragement and courage from seeing others who are engaged.

Join us!

  • Print out THIS SIGN

  • Take a photo holding the sign near your church sign or other identifying place - we want to be able to see where you are from, so that people can see all of the different places that are working on gun violence prevention

  • Send your photo to PPF Communications Manager, Katie - katie@presbypeacefellowship.org

  • We will share the photos via PPF social media to make visible our action and support



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Jul
19
9:00 AM09:00

7/19: Renewal Ministries NW Summer Prayer Retreat

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Summer Prayer Retreat: Is it Enough?

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 | 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 (include snacks & materials)

“…that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”   Ephesians 1:18

Often we may ask ourselves the question “Is it enough?”  We are searching for what will bring us a sense of adequacy, significance, security and well-being.

Join us in this weekday half-day retreat as we ponder and pray about what is enough from God’s perspective. We will use Psalm 139 and Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved, for our time together.

Learn more and register online.

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7/16: SeaPres Stated Meeting
Jul
16
5:00 PM17:00

7/16: SeaPres Stated Meeting

STATED PRESBYTERY MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

5:00PM: MEETING BEGINS

VASHON PC, 17708 VASHON HWY SW, VASHON, WA 98070

Summer ferry schedule (Fauntleroy to Vashon) is available online. We highly recommend catching a ferry before 2:30 pm before longer lines begin forming at Fauntleroy in West Seattle. Average wait time is one hour starting around 3:30 pm. Boats leaving Vashon in the evening hours have little to zero wait time and the ferry dock is approximately 8 minutes from the church.

Learn more and register online.

Welcome message from Rev. Leigh Weber, on behalf of Vashon PC:

Coming to Presbytery?  Need a mini-vacation?  We’ve got you covered!! 

Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the 16th, VPC will be staffing a welcome table at the church.  Elders will be available to provide you with ideas as well as maps and directions to hiking trails, restful beaches and a variety of sites around the island.  Camp Colvos Brew Pub, which shares a parking lot with the church, will be open 1 – 5 pm for Presbytery guests and friends only.  It’s the site of our own monthly Theology Pub.  They feature a limited lunch menu and excellent island created micro-brews. 

There are a variety of new restaurants since last year’s meeting for you to check out as well and, again, elders and members will be available to answer questions and make suggestions.  You are also able to check your stuff in at the church if that lightens your load for the day.  We’ll be in the building all day with snacks and lemonade to keep you going if you decide to set out on foot. 

The Vashon Historical Museum display for this summer is entitled “In and Out” and is a history of LGBTQIA on the island and in the area.  They will be open for Presbytery members and friends only starting at 1 pm.  The museum is within walking distance of the church as well.  The Ice Creamery is directly across the street from the church and is a must visit place for hot summer days.  (We highly recommend their ice cream!)

Palouse Winery will offer a mid afternoon tasting beginning at 2:00pm.  If that might be something you’d like to try, email PastorLeigh@comcast.net and we will work out the details for you.

Vashon offers a wide variety of places to explore and unique shops and parks that make it a perfect mini getaway for your summer.  Maps and the Vashon Destination Guide will be available at the church to guide you through your afternoon of exploring.

We look forward to hosting you all.  As one of our elders said, “The extended relatives are coming to visit!”  Know that you are welcome!!

Grace and Peace from VPC!

Leigh Weber


Dinner Table Discussion with Pierre Rasha Houssney

You’re invited to join the following scheduled dinner table discussion at the July Presbytery meeting:

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Pierre Rashad Houssney, MENA, is Regional Director for Horizons International, in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Pierre is a Lebanese-American who grew up in the context of cross-cultural ministry among Muslims and international students. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and is fluent in English and Arabic. He has been in full-time ministry with Horizons International since 2006, and has been an active member of Horizons’ teaching staff and curriculum development team since 2002. Pierre is also co-editor of “Engaging Islam” (Georges Houssney, Treeline Publishing, Boulder, Co 2010).

As a key part of Horizons' teaching staff, he trains Arab and Western Christians for effective ministry to Muslims, and is active in missiological advocacy among the global missions community. Pierre is a team player, and loves to see new leaders thrive and work together to glorify God. He is well-connected to Lebanese churches and those who minister to Muslims in the Middle East.

Pierre lives in Beirut, Lebanon, with his wife, Gigi, and their two children, where he leads a team of nationals and missionaries who run a center for evangelism and discipleship among Muslims. 

He will be sharing stories of how God is working among Syrian refugees through Lebanese churches and how Muslims are finding Jesus.


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7/15: Church Financial Checkup
Jul
15
11:30 AM11:30

7/15: Church Financial Checkup

Join the Presbyterian Foundation and Seattle Presbytery for a Church Financial Checkup

WHEN: July 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COST: None

RSVP: Register online below by July 11.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS: SeaPres Communications

Financial sustainability can be challenging for congregations. The Presbyterian Foundation and the Seattle Presbytery are ready to provide you with resources that can address financial issues, as well as help your church discern God’s call to mission and ministry going forward. We can help you think creatively, clearly and theologically, walking alongside your congregation.

The Presbyterian Foundation’s Ministry Relations Officer, Rob Hagan, and Vice President, Robyn Davis Sekula, will be on hand to talk to you about: 

  • Creating a vision for your congregation

  • How to know if your church is sustainable

  • Stewardship and generosity in your church

  • Investing, including transformational investing

We will also set aside time for your questions, and are also available to continue conversations after lunch.

Please join us! If you’d like to talk to someone about this event, you may contact Robyn Davis Sekula, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Presbyterian Foundation at (502) 569-5101, or robyn.sekula@presbyterianfoundation.org. She will be glad to talk to you.


Register online by July 11:

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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

SEATTLE PRESBYTERY DELEGATION REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 24, 2019

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

REGISTER ONLINE FOR TRIENNIUM AND CONTACT SEAPRES REGISTRAR SCOTT ANDERSON.

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Jun
24
to Jun 27

6/24-27: Whitworth Ministry Summit

Registration Deadline: June 15

The Whitworth Office of Church Engagement welcomes you and your family to join us in June for the 45th annual Whitworth Ministry Summit! We invite you for a week of equipping disciples and engaging culture through dynamic preaching, vibrant worship and personal renewal, rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Prior to the Whitworth Ministry Summit, join us for a time of spiritual renewal and quiet. This pre-conference will begin Monday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Gather with us at Colbert Presbyterian Church for a spiritual retreat, Taize worship, prayer and silence. Meals included with pre-conference registration cost $20. 

*Refund deadline: June 15

For more information, contact Mindy Smith at (mindysmith@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4341).

For help with registration and scholarship information they can contact  Rachelle Hartvigsen (rhartvigsen@whitworth.edu or 509-777-3275).

Learn more online.

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Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

6/5: Unpack: Advocacy and Immigration w/Andrew Hays & John Miller

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Wednesday, June 5th @7PM

Location: 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle 98109

Unpack: Advocacy and Immigration

Speaker: Andrew Hays & John Miller, Immigration Specialists from World Relief

Immigration is a growing humanitarian crisis. Join Unpack: Advocacy on June 5th, as Andrew Hays and John Miller from World Relief discuss why there is a record backlog of pending asylum cases in the U.S. What is causing this backlog, what challenges do asylum-seekers and those who’ve gained asylum face, and how can you advocate for those fleeing persecution?

In this series, we are hoping to answer these questions: How do we join our voices together with those that are already advocating for justice and equity? What does it look like to be an effective advocate? How should our faith inform our actions? 

All are welcome! We will meet at 415 Westlake Ave from 7-9PM.

Link to Union Eventpage: http://unionchurchseattle.org/events/2019/3/28/unpack-advocacy-and-immigration


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Jun
1
9:00 PM21:00

6/1: Church Council of Greater Seattle 100th Anniversary Community Celebration

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Join us in celebrating 100 years of making a difference together as the Church Council of Greater Seattle. You're invited to a FREE Community Celebration followed by a buffet reception on Saturday, June 1st at Plymouth Church in Seattle. All are welcome!

We'll gather as communities brought together by the work of faithful justice. Across religion, sectors, geography and other diversities we'll hear stories of our work together over the years; reflect on the present day; honor prophetic leaders essential to who we are today as the Church Council; and look to the future, together.

Timing information:

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Program at 6:30 p.m.

Buffet reception at 8:30 p.m. Food will be available after 9 PM in support of those observing of Ramadan. 

Please allow time to find parking.

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5/28: Religion & Secular Transformation in Pacific Northwest Christianities
May
22
4:00 PM16:00

5/28: Religion & Secular Transformation in Pacific Northwest Christianities

Please join us for Religion and Secular Transformation in Pacific Northwest Christianities, a talk on the results of recent theology research in the region. Themes on Evangelical Entrepreneurs, Catholic Founders, and Secular Traditions will be discussed by speakers:

James Wellman – Professor, Chair, Comparative Religion Program, UW Jackson School of International Studies

Patricia Killen – Professor of Religious Studies, Senior University Fellow, Gonzaga University

Lynne Marks – Professor of History, University of Victoria

Learn more online.


EVENT PARKING INFORMATION: Visitor parking near Thomson Hall is available at Padelford Garage (near the East Gatehouse) on lots N20 and N21, using the self-service pay machines. Parking after 4:00p.m. is a $5 flat fee. For specific information and maps, please visit UW Transportation Services.

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5/22: Honorably Retired Ministers Luncheon
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

5/22: Honorably Retired Ministers Luncheon

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Calling All Honorably-Retired Ministers of Seattle Presbytery!

We have scheduled a gathering for Wednesday, May 22, at 10 o’clock AM in the Fireside Room of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Conversation from 10 to 12, followed by a delicious lunch served by local church volunteers.

As seniors, we have the training, life experience, and wisdom to make a difference in this time of change in our world and denomination. Toward this end, might it make sense for us to form an ongoing group?

Here are some preliminary ideas about what such a group might do:

  • Get to know one another by sharing our life stories & ministries

  • Discover ways to actively support the Presbytery

  • Study together – biblical, theological

  • Promote the social justice goals of our denomination

Please come on Wednesday, May 22, 2019; 10 am to 1 pm with lunch provided for $5.00.

Fireside Room, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th ave SE, Mercer Island. 

Please RSVP by email to rlclarke@comcast.net by Saturday, May 18.

In Grace and Peace,

Rita-Lou Clarke

Tony Nugent

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May
18
12:00 PM12:00

5/18: Asian Churches Members Gathering

Youth / 2nd Generation

Theme: Identity in Christ as An Asian-American

This convocation will focus on the psychological journey of Asian Americans with immigrant parents, exploring the challenges and blessings of growing up in multiple worlds. The presenter will discuss the importance of forming a personal identity, examine traditional Asian values that interfere with one’s growth as a Christian, and propose considerations of reclaiming one’s family stories. Participants will be invited to engage in small group conversations to share personal experiences and further explore topics discussed.

Journeying across the ocean to the United States can be tumultuous, filled with hopes and worries. Even after arriving in the Land of Freedom, challenges can continue to arise. Dr. Huang will discuss the psychological and spiritual journey of Asian/Pacific Islander immigration. She will explore forms of cultural adaptation and changes in racial identity encountered by refugees/immigrants during enculturation. Impacts of racial prejudice and internalized racism will be examined. Dr. Huang will also address how these factors present challenges to immigrant families, their churches, and ministries.

Adult / 1st Generation

Theme: The Psychological and Spiritual Journey of Immigrant

Guest speaker for both programs: Dr. Hsin Hsin Huang PhD

http://www.ai.edu/Academics/Faculty-and-Administration/Faculty-Bios/Hsin-hsin-Huang-PhD

Hsin-hsin Huang, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She holds a doctoral degree in Counseling & Counselor Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has been a pastoral psychotherapist since 1999, with extensive theological education and pastoral counseling training. She is a certified trauma therapist and consultant, and a recipient of a national award for excellence in pastoral counseling. Dr. Huang speaks both nationally and internationally on topics related to integration of theology, spirituality, and psychology.

Download event flyer.

Lunch and Snacks will be provided. Please REGISTER by May 13, 2019 to Binh Ngyuen - msbinhnguyen@yahoo.com - (206) 965-0192, Rev. Mei-hui Lai - mei-hui.lai@pcusa.org - 424-303-9825.

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5/18: Street Psalms conversation with Ben McBride
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

5/18: Street Psalms conversation with Ben McBride

Invitation from Rev. Lina Thompson (Lake Burien PC):

I am part of a network called Street Psalms—a group of friends committed to reflecting on what it means to live and preach a gospel that proclaims peace - particularly with and on behalf of those most marginalized in our respective communities. While a global network, the local office here often brings people in that can help us imagine new ways of thinking about peace and justice.

Ben McBride, photo:  benmcbride.com

Ben McBride, photo: benmcbride.com

In May Street Psalms will be hosting a conversation with Ben Mcbride. (http://www.benmcbride.com). Ben has done a lot of work at the intersection of Peacemaking and Social Justice in the city of Oakland. Street Psalms has invited Ben  to contribute to the work that is already happening here - by sharing some of what he has learned from his own work.  

He will spend Thursday evening with Street Psalms Staff, Board, Senior Fellows and Friends. Friday Ben will meet with local pastors in Tacoma and on Saturday in Seattle with grassroots leaders and pastors:

Saturday, May 18th at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

15003 14th Ave SW, Burien, WA

Refreshments and light continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Lina Thompson.

On Sunday, Ben is preaching  at Urban Grace in Tacoma. 

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5/18: Angst viewing & conversation @ Vashon PC
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

5/18: Angst viewing & conversation @ Vashon PC

Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a connection with mental illness?  In a desire to open up the conversation about anxiety, a film called Angst will be shown at the Vashon Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 18th at 9am.  This will be free of charge.  It is felt this is a film everyone should see whether or not anxiety is a part of one’s experience.  As noted above, it is rampant in our society and many are walking next to us daily experiencing anxiety. 

“Angst is a powerful and positive message for students, teachers and parents. The genuine and authentic comments from the young people as well as the professionals in the movie really resonated with our students and our teachers. Not only does ANGST name the many faces of anxiety, and offer tools for taming anxiety, it helps the audience understand that it is OK, we’re not alone, and we can change the narrative with the right supports. This movie needs to be seen by educators and parents so we can help our young people face their fears, and by all young people so they begin understand how to calm their fears, face their anxiety and thrive in life. “ .

Heather Highet, Principal
Bayridge Secondary School
Kingston, ON 

“Angst is the most important, eye-opening documentary you will see this year. Through first-hand accounts and expert commentary, the film leads you with great care through the many facets of teen anxiety, a massive, misunderstood and rapidly growing cultural epidemic. The teenagers in the film describe their suffering with stunning openness, grace and courage. I found myself reacting on two fronts. As a clinician, I was relieved that the filmmakers were able to capture what so many of my young clients are suffering in these complicated days: the bullying, perfectionism, panic, obsession, and too often, hopelessness.

I was also surprised at the degree to which the film felt cathartic for me personally. I suffered significant anxiety as a teen, and felt myself moved by, and grateful for, every story. And thankfully, the film ends with the notes of hope we so desperately need. Whether you are a teenager, parent, educator or a mental health professional, you simply need to see this movie, and soon. And every school needs to screen this film. It’s that important.

- Dr. John Duffy
Clinical psychologist, best-selling author of “The Available Parent”, parenting and relationship
media expert

The film features children and young adults and how anxiety manifests itself in them.  Perhaps you are thinking that you don’t have children, so it’s not something you want to see.  EVERYONE in the community interacts with children in some way; whether you are a teacher, a checker at the grocery store, a clinic worker, a librarian, a neighbor, clergy, relative.  We all need to get on board, so that we can respond with kindness and appropriate actions with children and adults experiencing anxiety and mental illness. 

There will be time for discussion following the viewing of the movie.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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May
14
10:00 AM10:00

5/14: Board of Pensions Benefits Connections (Seattle)

You're Invited to the Benefits Connections: Seattle

Who Should Attend?
Church business administrators and office managers, clerks of session, personnel committee chairs, 
pastors, and mid council leaders – anyone who decides, manages, or supports benefits 
for PC(USA) ministers or employees is welcome.

Why Attend? 
During this half-day session, you can learn about the theology that shapes the Benefits Plan 
of the PC(USA), gain a better understanding of benefits, ask questions and share information, 
and network with colleagues from other churches.

Lunch will be provided, and parking is complimentary.

When
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
(10 AM – 3 PM)

Where
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport/Southcenter 
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98188

RSVP By
Friday, April 26, 2019

Register & learn more online.

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

5/1: Unpack: Advocacy in Seattle w/Sally Bagshaw

Wednesday, May 1st @7PM

Location: 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle 98109

Unpack: Advocacy in Seattle

Speaker: Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council 

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will be joining our series, Unpack: Advocacy, to discuss what advocacy looks like in our city. With an insider's view of the problems Seattle is experiencing and the work being done at the Seattle City Council, Sally will speak to current issues facing our community and will invite us to ask how our daily actions can advocate for change.

In this series, we are hoping to answer these questions: How do we join our voices together with those that are already advocating for justice and equity? What does it look like to be an effective advocate? How should our faith inform our actions? 

All are welcome! We will meet at 415 Westlake Ave from 7-9PM on these dates: May 1st and June 5th.

Link to Union Eventpage: http://unionchurchseattle.org/events/2019/5/1/unpack-advocacy-in-seattle

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

4/6: Unbounded Love, Renewal Ministries NW Spring Retreat

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Invitation from Renewal Ministries Northwest:

“Unbounded Love,” our spring retreat featuring Christian artist Kathy Troccoli with worship leader Michelle Margiotta, and teaching time led by Rev. Denise Easter and Rev. Dianna Kunce.  The 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. retreat, on Saturday, April 6, will be held at North Creek Presbyterian Church in Mill Creek, WA. 

Created for both men and women, this one-time event will be a day of renewal, hope, and healing through song, teaching, reflection, and prayer.  We would greatly appreciate your help publicizing this event at your church and in the Presbytery.

You will find details about cost, lunch options, registration, and discounted hotel rooms (for those coming from out of the area) on the registration form

For additional information, go to www.renewalminnw.org or contact the office with questions by phone or email: 425.361.7953 or office@renewalminnw.org.  

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Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

4/3: Unpack: Faith and Advocacy with Tali Hairston

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Speaker: Tali Hairston, Director of Community Ministry and Reconciliation, Seattle Presbytery

We are delighted to have Tali Hairston (Director of Community Ministry & Reconciliation for the Seattle Presbytery) returning to speak to the Truth & Justice community as a speaker in the series, Unpack: Advocacy. With the focus on faith and advocacy, Tali will discuss why Christians must recover a discipline of disruption for transformation and not transaction.

In this series, we are hoping to answer these questions: How do we join our voices together with those that are already advocating for justice and equity? What does it look like to be an effective advocate? How should our faith inform our actions? 

All are welcome! We will meet at 415 Westlake Ave from 7-9PM on these dates: April 3rd, May 1st, and June 5th.

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

3/31: Beating Guns Tour Seattle

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Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin are taking the "Beating Guns" book and their forge on the road with the Beating Guns Tour, a 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools.

Learn more online.

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Mar
28
5:45 PM17:45

3/28: The Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly

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This year the Annual Assembly will be in the context of an ecumenical worship celebrating our 100 years in ministry. There also will be the usual formal business including reviewing the Church Council’s 2019 budget and affirming the Board of Directors and officers of the Board.

All are welcome to attend.

Light meal / reception at 5:45 p.m.; worship/programming begins at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more and register online.

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

3/13: Unpack: Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System

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Speaker: Vazaskia Crockrell, WA State Director of Juvenile Justice

Summary:To launch our latest series, Unpack: Advocacy, Vazaskia Crockrell (WA State Director of Juvenile Justice) will be joining us to discuss her work in juvenile justice, the impact of racial and ethnic disparities, and the power of legislative advocacy. 

In this series, we are hoping to answer these questions: How do we join our voices together with those that are already advocating for justice and equity? What does it look like to be an effective advocate? How should our faith inform our actions? 

All are welcome! We will meet at 415 Westlake Ave from 7-9PM on these dates: March 13th, April 3rd, May 1st, and June 5th.

Link to Union Eventpage: http://unionchurchseattle.org/events/2019/3/13/unpack-advocacy


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