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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

Jun
1
9:00 PM21:00

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

  • Plymouth Church in Downtown Seattle (map)
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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.

Learn more.

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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
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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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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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.

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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

  • The Well in Queen Anne United Methodist Church (map)
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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.

Recently featured in Fresno news

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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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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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1

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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NEXT Church National Gathering seeking childcare providers

The NEXT Church National Gathering is coming up at First Presbyterian Church of Seattle on March 11 -13 and we are looking for three child care providers. This is a paid position ($20/hour).

Hours are Monday 3/11: 8am-5:30pm, Tuesday 3/12: 8am-6pm and Wednesday 3/13: 7:30am-12:30pm. Ages are 8 months - 5 yr. Currently there are 8 children registered.

Lunches are provided for you while the children eat with their parents. Parking reimbursement available (up to $45/day). The room and activities will be set up for you. All you have to do is come love the children.

Background check required. Contact Seattle Presbytery for details.

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3/2: An Evening with Andrew Peterson @ Sammamish PC
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

3/2: An Evening with Andrew Peterson @ Sammamish PC

An evening with Andrew Peterson!

On Saturday evening, March 2, Sammamish Presbyterian Church (22522 NE Inglewood Hill Rd, Sammamish, WA 98074) will host a special evening with critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson.

For more than twenty years, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville where music is an industry in the same way fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries, Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and creating instead a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

Invite your friends here: http://bit.ly/ap_fbevent2019

$18 tickets are available for purchase here: https://andrewpetersonsammpres.brownpapertickets.com

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2/23: Creation Care @ Bethany PC
Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

2/23: Creation Care @ Bethany PC

Creation Care

As a hopeful spiritual practice for Lent

Learn more about how to care for creation with hope and joy.

Would you like to care for this beautiful earth as an act of love for God and as a way to draw near to God? Join us on Saturday morning Feb 23 from 9:30 to noon to explore that question.

In the first hour, Janette Plunkett will briefly introduce the connection between creation care and Lent, and Lynne Baab will speak about hopeful spiritual practices. We’ll engage in prayer together with four components – lament, confession, receiving God’s forgiveness, and prayers of dedication.

In the second hour, participants can chose one of five options:

  • practical responses with Janette Plunkett

  • creative responses via art with Sarah and Robbie Sawers

  • creation care in hymns with Sylvia Oines

  • responsible investing with Leola Ross who has worked in institutional investing at Russell

  • brainstorming time for families.      

 There will be fellowship and refreshment breaks.

Fun activities for kids 6 and older will be provided, along with childcare for kids 5 and under.

We are creating a Lenten devotional with weekly suggestions for Scripture, prayer, action, and family engagement. It will be online and accessible for all

The purpose of Lent is weaning us from sin and selfishness so we can be more aware and aligned with God’s will, more willing to be a hopeful participant in His kingdom. This surely  includes a healthy environment and community. 

Join us on Feb 23! And join us during Lent by using the devotional.

Learn more online.

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2/15-16: Meekhof Lectures @ Newport PC
Feb
15
to Feb 17

2/15-16: Meekhof Lectures @ Newport PC

February 15 – 17, 2019

Guest speaker: Professor William Brown of Columbia Theological Seminary, will speak on science and faith.  Bill Brown comes highly acclaimed by our friends at Covenant Shores, who heard him speak last year, complete with fascinating slides and insights into what science has discovered about creation—and how it does and doesn’t fit with the Bible.

According to the Bible, God’s creation cannot be described or explained in any one way.  Indeed, the Old Testament alone features at least seven very different accounts of creation.  In both lectures, Dr. Brown will explore three of the ways creation is described in the Bible, from the naturalistic to the poetic to the fantastic.  Each way has its own wisdom to share about how we are to live in God’s creation.

Friday, Feb. 15       7:30-9:00 p.m.           

Lecture -  "God’s Cosmic Temple and Wisdom’s World of Wonder," followed by coffee and cookies 

Saturday, Feb. 16   9:00-9:30 a.m.           

Light continental breakfast in the Atrium

9:30-11:00 a.m.         

Lecture - "Job’s Journey from Wound to Wonder"

Sunday, Feb. 17      8:45 and 11:00 a.m.   

Professor Brown preaches at both services

9:45 a.m.                     Professor Brown leads adult education class "Science and Faith:  A New

Conversation"                                           

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William P. Brown is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  Bill has also taught at Union Presbyterian Seminary inRichmond and at Emory University.  He is the author of several books and numerous essays on biblical interpretation and theology, including Sacred Sense (Eerdmans), Wisdom’s Wonder (Eerdmans), The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University), Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor (WJK), as well as editor of Engaging Biblical Authority (WJK).  Bill was recently a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton (www.ctinquiry.org), where he worked collaboratively with scientists, philosophers, and ethicists exploring the “societal implications of astrobiology.”  He is currently working on a major commentary on the Psalms.  Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and was a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care, now part of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL).  Gail and Bill have two grown daughters, Ella and Hannah.

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2/11-14: Transitional Ministry Workshops
Feb
11
to Feb 14

2/11-14: Transitional Ministry Workshops

  • Menucha Retreat and Conference Center (map)
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Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha

Change happens - in interim situations and in congregations of longstanding. Build your skills with Week 1 and Week 2 of training (also qualifies as Interim Ministry Training).

Dates:  February 11 - 14, 2019    (Week 1 and Week 2 programs)

Cost: $699 (Includes program fee, triple occupancy room, all meals and materials. Other accommodations available; see our website for details). 

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

More Info and Registration:  Click Here

Want more details? Here are frequently asked questions.

Q: Is this the same as Interim Ministry Training?

A: It’s close, but not the same thing. Interim Ministry Training has been changing and adapting to our new cultural context for a while now. This particular training is designed to be more up-to-date with the current context — addressing the fact that every church is in some sort of transition or another.

Q: Will I still “get credit” for taking Interim Ministry?

A: Yes. We cover all the topics required for interim training. Also, our instructors are part the PC(USA)’s Interim Ministry Consortium (IMC). See http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/ministers/interim-pastors/.

Q: So what’s different about this particular Transitional Ministry Training offering?

A: Though covering many of the same topics, this offering is designed to be more immediately applicable to your current context. It addresses not just the “interim” ministry context, but many other contexts where congregational change is needed — after a long period of stagnancy, as a part of an intentional revisioning process, as a result of congregational conflict, within the context of reestablishing a new vision and mission for ministry.

Q: What do you teach in Week 1 vs. Week 2?

A: Here is what we cover in Week 1 Training:

Leadership is about teamwork, but good leadership starts with you. This first 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.

Here’s what we cover in Week 2 Training:

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.

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Feb
7
8:30 AM08:30

2/7-8: Board University - Growing into Tomorrow... Today

Growing into Tomorrow...Today, Thursday, February 7 through Friday, February 8, 2019, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Planning for retirement can be challenging. This two-day seminar is for plan members retiring within the next 15 years. Look beyond finances to be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement.

  Identify key questions for discernment.

  Assess your financial readiness.

  Discuss healthcare and housing options.

  Create next steps in identity, relationship, housing, health, and finances.

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Feb
6
8:30 AM08:30

2/6: Board University - Getting in Shape Fiscally

Getting in Shape Fiscally, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

How “fiscally fit” are you? This one-day seminar is for plan members and seminarians looking to get their financial house in order. Attend and learn about:

  money danger signals and building budgets,

  terms of call and clergy taxes basics,

  debt reduction, saving, and investing, and

  estate planning basics.

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Feb
5
8:30 AM08:30

2/5: Board University - Render Unto Caesar

Render Unto Caesar, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Terms of call and clergy taxes can be complicated. This one-day seminar is for PC(USA) church treasurers, administrators, and active pastors. Topics covered include:

  Board resources overview,

  Benefits Plan summary,

  clergy taxes and housing allowance,

  reimbursements versus allowances,

  terms of call structure, and

  retirement savings with the 403(b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the PC(USA)

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2/2: Jeny Carlson Ordination Service
Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

2/2: Jeny Carlson Ordination Service

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 Jeny Carlson. Service location: Northminster Presbyterian Church.

February 2, 5:00pm.

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