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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.

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Building An Inclusive Church - New Brunswick, NJ

Seattle Presbytery

Dear friend,
michaeladeesqGrace and peace to you. I want to offer a personal invitation to you to attend a life-changing, inspiring workshop. The passage of 10-A last year was historic and huge.  Now the work of moving policy into practice, making "10-A" real all across our Church in 11,000 Presbyterian congregations is our sacred responsibility and mission. I have attended and taught several of these Building an Inclusive Church training events.  I am fortunate to be one of the trainers for this April 12-14 event in New Brunswick, NJ.
While the context of the training is about helping a local congregation become more welcoming to LGBT persons and their families, the insights and skills learned in these training events apply to all areas of mission and social justice. This is a great opportunity to get a group together from your church, presbytery, campus ministry or seminary community to travel and attend together. Road trip!

The training has been designed specifically with congregations, lay leaders and pastors in mind. We will explore topics which will help you to become a more effective leader in working with congregations on issues related to human sexuality and gender identity for the purpose of helping a congregation discern God's call to become more welcoming and affirming, particularly of LGBT persons and their families.

Topics include:

  • trainingFaith-based community organizing techniques
  • Congregational conflict theory and resolution
  • Managing change in congregations well
  • Effective strategies for helping congregations discern the call to be welcoming
  • Building relationships for change
  • Dealing with conversations around biblical material, sexuality, gender identity, etc.
  • Opportunity to build relationships with others who share your concerns
  • Personal spiritual enrichment
  • Opportunity for growth and challenge
  • Intense few days of hard work, laughter, and fun

I wholeheartedly commend this training to you in New Brunswick, NJ, April 12-14, 2012.

You may download a flyer and register here:



I would be happy to speak with you about this training if that would be helpful. Please call 505.820.7082 or email me at