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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.

Events (Archive)

7/29: Clergy Women's Gathering at Lake Wilderness

Seattle Presbytery

All Clergy Women in Seattle Presbytery  are invited to spend some time relaxing at my home on Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley on Monday, July 29 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  It is a time for sharing lunch together, swimming in the lake, and floating around the lake on our raft, laughing and getting caught up with each others lives.  Children are welcome, but please bring life preservers for them.  If you are able to come please bring food to share for lunch (I will provide beverages), and anything you need to enjoy the lake.  

The address is 25637 E. Lake Wilderness Dr SE, Maple Valley, 98038.  Parking is limited at my house, so please carpool.  Please RSVP  to so I will know about how many to expect.  

Carol Kirkpatrick


10/16-19: Ethical Earth Care: Keeping Creation Sacred

Seattle Presbytery

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Dear church pastors and leaders: (plus everyone you know and everyone you meet on the street),

Presbyterians for Earth Care invites you to be a part of our 2013 Conference “Ethical Earth Care: Keeping Creation Sacred.” We look forward to gathering together as co-stewards in Creation care during this challenging time where it seems there is little respect for our Sacred Sphere. The conference will be October 16 – 19 at the amazingly green Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

We invite you to gather together to reflect upon–perhaps even create–an ethic of Earth care which seeks the well-being of all Creation. We look forward to working together toward this ethic at our PEC conference.

We invite you to be a part of this amazing work, with shared wisdom from many different prophets and leaders of our time, including our plenary leader Larry Rasmussen, Th.D., who writes in his book Earth-Honoring Faith:

How, then do we hymn the Earth differently?  How do we write and sing a new song for a strange land, even though it be our own? How do we do it with our neighbors, all our neighbors – human and other-than-human – when Earth is “hot, flat, and crowded” and when borders no longer protect?... That requires courage…the courage to embark on ‘ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown’; the courage, in short, to compose, sing, and enter a new song.  

Friends, we look forward to the Earth-honoring work we will do together this coming October at the beautiful Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center. Go to the PEC website at for more information and to register for the conference.

In and through the Christ of all Creation,
Holly Hallman, Northwest Regional Representative
Presbyterians for Earth Care

PCUSA Denominational Curriculum for All Ages

Seattle Presbytery

We Believe, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational curriculum developed by Congregational Ministries Publishing, is offering new supplemental resources to its children’s curriculum line.

Beginning fall 2013, Christian educators and teachers will find bonus learning activities for each quarter of We Believe on the curriculum website, These activities are a wonderful complement to the Bible stories being taught and are appropriate for learners in grades K–6. Web-based, interactive resources will also be available on the curriculum website.

Read more here. 


PCUSA's Marriage Study Guide Available

Seattle Presbytery

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s six-week study guide on Christian marriage is available for electronic download here.

The study was referred to the Office of Theology and Worship by the 220th General Assembly (2012). At that Assembly, commissioners voted against changing the PC(USA)’s definition of marriage as “a civil contract between a woman and a man.” Instead, they called for two years of “serious study and discernment” regarding Christian marriage.

The Office of Theology and Worship was directed to prepare and distribute educational resources to all presbyteries and congregations. Presbyteries are instructed to report their responses to the Office of the General Assembly three months before the 221st Assembly, which begins June 14, 2014.

The link to the study:

Open Auditions for Bel Canto Youth Choir @BelPres

Seattle Presbytery

Bel Canto is an auditioned ensemble of treble (unchanged) experienced young musicians presents a variety of challenging Christian choral music in worship, festivals and other public venues. The choir sings regularly in worship services, tours regionally, and periodically takes its message overseas in Music Ministry Abroad. In 2002 Bel Canto spent time with churches in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2009, they went to Costa Rica to sing in cathedrals and elementary schools.  They spread God's love through music and fellowship with children and other youth. For more information on this and other music programs for youth and children, click here or call Karen Nelson at Bellevue Presbyterian, 425-454-3082.

10/3-5: Western National Leadership Training Event

Seattle Presbytery

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October 3-5, 2012 at the Presbyterian Church in Jackson, WY

WNLT is sponsored by the General Assembly PC(USA), The Synod of the Rocky Mountains, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary (San Anselmo/Pasadena), Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, Presbytery of Denver, Presbytery of Glacier, Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, Presbytery of Pueblo, Presbytery of Utah, Presbytery of Western Colorado, Presbytery of Wyoming, Presbytery of Yellowstone and the Shared Ministry Board (a cooperative venture of the Presbyteries of Boise, Eastern Oregon and Kendall).


7/27: RMNW Summer Prayer Retreat

Seattle Presbytery

“Spiritual Tourist or Pilgrim?”

What does it mean to be a sojourner, passing through this land? This World is not our home, but we have a real home in heaven. This home is not relegated to the afterlife, but a genuine place for believers to live while on this earth. As someone has said, “We are to live our lives with one foot in heaven and one foot on earth.” At this prayer retreat, with scripture as our guide, we will consider how our prayer life is different when we move from being a tourist to being a pilgrim.

Date and TimeSaturday, July 27 • 9:00am - 1:00pm

Cost |$50 (includes snacks)

Location | Peace and Spirituality Center • Bellevue

Facilitated by| Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Paul Strawn

Registration & Information at

8/8-9: Global Leadership Summit with BelPres

Seattle Presbytery

The WCA 2013 Global Leadership Summit is shaping up to be another amazing two days of leadership inspiration and equipping. Each year BelPres sends a group of more than 50 people who say this event helped sharpen them as Christian leaders.  In fact, BelPres believes so strongly in the benefits of the Summit that we have offered to host the event in 2014.  If you’ve never been, we encourage you to participate this year.

As a Summit Partner Church, our staff, congregation, and friends can receive world-class leadership development training at a special discount if they register through us.

The 2013 Leadership Summit will be offered at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9,approximately 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Further details about the Summit itself are available at the BelPres Summit page here

Please register on the BelPres Summit webpage by clicking here before June 25 to take advantage of the BelPres early bird registration rate of $99 per person. You can pay via credit card online, or can arrange for payment after registering. Contact your church ministry area, or Pam Warnick in the church office at 425-454-3082 x3321 with any questions.

Remember, in order to get our special rates and to be included in our group (which includes lunch both days) registration must take place through our site and NOT the Willow Creek site.

Are you a younger leader? Don't forget to inquire about scholarship assistance!

6/19: The Book of James: An Introduction

Seattle Presbytery

The Book of James: A One-day Introduction

Local church leaders, alumni, Lectio readers, and anyone else interested in learning more about Scripture: Don’t miss an opportunity to spend a day exploring the book of James with SPU’s Associate Professor of New Testament Dr. Dave Nienhuis.

Date: Wednesday, June 19 
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
Location: Upper Gwinn, SPU campus

The James Lectio will begin August 2013, and anyone interested in teaching from, preaching from, or studying James alone or in a small group would benefit from participating in this seminar. 

An engaging New Testament scholar, Dr. Nienhuis is the author of Not by Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon (Baylor University Press, 2007), and co-author with Dr. Rob Wall of Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection (Eerdmans, Nov. 2013). 

Don’t miss this opportunity to dig deep into a challenging and fascinating New Testament text!

Three ways to register:

About Seattle Pacific University's Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE): 

Our goal as a center is to encourage and equip members of our community to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and Christian Theology.  As summer approaches, we wanted you to be aware of the upcoming events we are hosting.  Each one represents an opportunity to engage  the scripture in a deep and meaningful way.

June: Theology & Economics @SPU

Seattle Presbytery

Summer Courses at SPU Open to Church and Marketplace Leaders

This summer, the CBTE will join forces with Seattle Pacific University's Center for Integrity in Business  to offer two short courses for church and business leaders, theology students, and seminarians. Topics include a faith-based approach to business, workplace theology, and effective cultural engagement in the public sphere. All information as well as a link to the registration page can be found here.

One of the courses is being taught by Seattle Presbytery member, Bruce Baker, PhD, SPU Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and SPU Adjunct Instructor of Church Administration.

About Seattle Pacific University's Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE): 

Our goal as a center is to encourage and equip members of our community to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and Christian Theology.  As summer approaches, we wanted you to be aware of the upcoming events we are hosting.  Each one represents an opportunity to engage  the scripture in a deep and meaningful way.

Nine Month SEEL Retreat

Seattle Presbytery


Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)

Are you thirsty?  That is, spiritually thirsting for something more? Do you want to grow and go deeper spiritually, but wonder where to turn for assistance?  Consider Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, a prayer retreat designed to “fit” into today’s active lifestyle.  

Patterned after St. Ignatius’ prayer retreat, participants are invited into a deeper walk with God through contemplation on the scriptures, listening/contemplative prayer, and a half day retreat each month for 9 months (Sept-May).  In addition, participants meet twice a month with a trained spiritual director and commit to the discipline of one hour of prayer a day.  Past participants report transformative experiences of God’s grace throughout the retreat.  Groups meet in Seattle and Tacoma, starting in September 2013.  

Questions?  Contact Rev. Lynell Caudillo (206) 792-6945, who is a spiritual director with SEEL. Summer is the ideal time to apply. For more information and online application, visit the SEEL website:  

CANCELED: 6/1: Healthy Boundaries: Beyond the Basics 201

Seattle Presbytery


Date:  Saturday June 1st ,  9 AM –  Noon.    We will start promptly at 9, so plan accordingly.

Place:  Lake City Presbyterian Church, Seattle

Lunch:  will be provided at noon for those who pre-register by 5/25.  Join us for a time of table fellowship!

Cost:  $25

It’s time for a refresher course with two new topics!  In this shorter but action-packed workshop you will be reminded of the need for healthy boundaries and good self-care.  We will review the reality of power, and the basic policies & procedures necessary to protect vulnerable children, youth, & adults in your congregations.

Our presentations will include material from the new FaithTrust Institute’s 201 course of the same name.  Two additional topics that will be addressed include financial boundaries and internet/social media challenges.

Come join us for a busy morning as we support each other in our efforts to be leaders with integrity in our communities.   The leaders for this workshop are  Rev. Doug Early, Queen Anne Presbyterian Church;  Rev. Janine Moriarty, Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church and Rev. Amy Delaney, Edmonds Presbyterian Church. 


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6/7: Wellspring - Catalyst Worship Night

Seattle Presbytery

7:30pm until 10:30pm
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Catalyst and Wellspring are proud to have renown Seattle rock worship band 'kings' lead us for the next worship night in June! kings was formed in early 2009 with band members Joey Wandler (frontman), Hun Kim (bass), Paul Cho (drums) and David Cho (electric guitar). Their “arena rock” sound often draws comparison with the likes of U2, The Killers and Coldplay.

Catalyst is a Young Professionals gathering in Seattle that will complement your local church services with a monthly Friday night worship, prayer and fellowship. Get ready to pour out your heart in worship and prayer (altogether and in groups)! And we'll be meeting in Seattle this month.

Think of Catalyst as a hybrid between the local church's young professionals group and a parachurch college ministry like Campus Crusade. We focus on intimate worship and prayer, with a dynamic atmosphere led by local worship leaders from multiple denominations.

It's absolutely FREE to attend! Invite all your friends!

4/28-5/1: 2014 Festival of Preaching

Seattle Presbytery


@ First United Methodist Church in Seattle

Q.  What do Jim Forbes, Lillian Daniel, Tony Jones, Anna Carter Florence and Will Willimon have in common?

A. They will all be at the Festival of Preaching NW 2014 -- along with a bunch of other great speakers and teachers.

It is a year away, this outstanding preaching event will fill up fast when registration opens on September 1, 2013.   Why do we think that?  At only $250 per person you’ll get to hear these exceptional preachers/ teachers: Debbie Blue, Anna Carter Florence, Lillian Daniel, Jim Forbes, Tony Jones, Scott Kisker, Heidi Neumark, Rodger Nishioka, Jose Morales, and Will Willimon.  

Pre-Festival workshops will be given by Anna Carter Florence, Will Willimon, Rodger Nishioka and Melissa Skelton.

Mark your calendars now for a peaching festival like no other, held right here in Seattle!

5/30: Coming to Terms with Slavery

Seattle Presbytery

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

The people of Nantes, Seattle’s sister city and former principal French slave trade port, have come to terms with their past by building a Memorial whose scale is unique in Europe. Seattle’s representative to the dedication of this Memorial and others from Seattle who are active in the fight against present-day slavery will take you on a tour of this unique Memorial and discuss the legacy of the slave trade, including its modern crimes of human trafficking.

Date: 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday, May 30

Location: Bertha Landes Room, Main Floor, Seattle City Hall

600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Cost: Free


6:30-7:00 Reception with complimentary refreshments featuring French and African food

7:00-7:20 History of Slavery and Virtual Tour of the Memorial 

Tom Bennett, Past President of Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association and Seattle representative to the dedication of the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes

7:20-7:40 The Impact of the Slave Trade on Africa

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Principal, Brim-Donahoe and Associates, a consultant who travels extensively in Africa

7:40-8:00 Human Trafficking in Eritrea for Organ Harvesting

Zemeheret Seare, member of Eritrean Human Rights Group in Seattle, a group actively fighting human trafficking

Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor and these Seattle Sister City Associations:

Seattle-Limbe (Cameroon) Seattle-Mombasa (Kenya) Seattle-Nantes (France)

Please join us for a meaningful presentation of past and present slavery

Complimentary admission and refreshments

5/5: Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficing

Seattle Presbytery


Herzl Ner Tamid and the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church are co-sponsoring Urmi Basu’s visit to Seattle from April 27 through May 5 where she will speak on “Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficking”.  She will speak at a community wide event on Mercer Island on Sunday, May 5, from 6:30-8:30 at Herzl ner Tamid and will screen the New Light segment from “Half the Sky”.

Urmi is the founder and Director of New Light, which is an NGO based in Kolkata, India’s red light district, and is involved with saving women and children from the sex trade/trafficking business.  (

Specifically, New Light sponsors two centers in the Red Light District for babies through age 18, provides care, health care, meals, and tutoring. In the case of 40 children, this is their home. New Light also has a home for 35 girls to live outside of the red light district and a home for young women who attend college or work. They are expanding to house victims of rape and trafficking.

New Light retrains prostitutes and sex trade workers, and provides medical care for them, while providing micro loans and training to assist young women with small businesses.  On an annual basis, New Light serves over 1000 individuals.  New Light is in the process of establishing a home from young boys, so that they, too, can leave the red light district.

Urmi Basu

Urmi Basu

Simply put, Urmi is a modern day Mother Teresa.  Perhaps not so coincidentally, New Light is housed minutes away from where Mother Teresa worked in Kolkata.  Urmi and New Light were featured in the New York Times bestseller, “Half the Sky”, Urmi’s work with New Light has been featured in several op ed pieces by Nick Kristoff, and New Light and Urmi are featured in a 30 minute segment in the PBS documentary “Half the Sky”.

5/1-3: PNW Small Church Conference

Seattle Presbytery

Presbyterians for Renewal presents:

Rev. Dave Rohrer, Author of “The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry: Preparing a People for the Presence of the Lord”.
He is pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bothell, WA and a former pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA.

Living Honorably Among the Gentiles:

A Ministry-Faithful Presence in a Post-Christian Culture”—St. Peter addresses his first epistle to the Chosen Exiles of the Dispersion and invites them to consider what it looks like to follow Jesus in a Roman world that was in service of a

different lord. Peter’s words of admonition and encouragement to that fledgling first century church have an uncanny resonance for the church of the 21st century. As we increasingly find ourselves in a place of post-christendom marginalization in our culture, we need to listen to Peter’s advice about how to remain both faithful to Jesus and engaged with our world. In our plenary sessions and worship we will explore four marks of what faithful presence in a foreign culture looks like. For Peter, living honorably among the Gentiles is expressed through Hope, Holiness, Humility and Hospitality. These four will be the emphasis of our four worship/plenary sessions.

Click here  to download the registration brochure.

Click here to download the registration brochure.