The Presbyfest gathering of 250 folks from Seattle Presbytery last Saturday represented more than just a fun, enriching, and enjoyable event (yes, I just used those words to describe a presbytery gathering!); it marked a change of focus, a step in a new direction for Seattle Presbytery.
For many years, we've been wanting to move away from the old, bureaucratic mode of presbytery, to an engaged, responsive, relevant, and communal way of serving the gospel together. If I could be so bold, PresbyFest 2012 was an important turning point in that new direction. Three years of small steps in toward a more purpose-filled presbytery became an impressively large stride when we come together in common mission like we did on Saturday.
Many kudos go out to those who helped to put everything together: Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, keynote speaker Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, the many presenters who shared their gifts and experiences, the kitchen crew at MIPC, and the presbytery staff - especially Rev. Eliana Maxim, Christa Peck, and Aaron Willet who together, organized the entire event.
Yet even today, we're planning a follow up to Presbyfest so here's a preview - Session Saturdays or Saturday Sessions (the name still needs some work so feel free to chime in here with your suggestion). It was a common theme at Presbyfest that there just wasn't enough time to get into a topic. Though we'll make some tweaks to the schedule for next year, there is a limit to what we can accomplish in one day. To address that, we're beginning to sketch out a series of Saturdays where we can cover a topic in depth. And yes, these will be recorded too (we recorded our Presbyfest sessions, to be on our website soon!) so if you can't make it, we'll have a way for you to glean some wisdom from a distance.
Thanks again to all who came for some part of Presbyfest and all those who helped make it a success. Hope to see you on a Session Saturday in 2012.
Grace and Peace in Christ,