Stories of Dissonance, Sacrifice, and Liberation

Seattle First Presbyterian Church & Seattle Presbytery
Seattle, WA

March 11-13, 2019

Ruth and Naomi’s lives were woven together in a season of despair and displacement. Environmental trauma, poverty, forced migration, food insecurity, personal vulnerability, and power differentials continue to shape our shared human experience now as it did then. God interlaced the threads of Ruth and Naomi’s individual stories, each with unique messiness and unpredictability. Through God’s weaving, these women learned mutual sacrifice, found healing community, and shared liberation. Our threads – our stories – are made to be woven together on God’s sacred loom; each thread, unique and complex, spun out of God’s grace and love. Our call is to recognize the value of each thread in all its complexity, each thread’s necessity to God’s design, and our lifetime commitment to the work of freedom and faith.

Pricing Information

We believe strengthening connections across the PC(USA) is of significant importance. Therefore, your presence at the National Gathering is of high value to us and we do not want registration cost to be a barrier. Recognizing that different folks will cover the cost of the Gathering in different ways, we have created a sliding scale for registration. Please choose the level that is right for you.

  • Connector: $199 [Designed for church leaders who are not on staff of a congregation or who have limited/no continuing education funds. It provides full access to the National Gathering for individuals who are covering the registration cost out of their own funds.]
  • Sustainer: $319 [Please select this option if your organization is covering the bulk of the cost of your registration.]
  • Day Pass – Monday: $129
  • Day Pass – Tuesday: $129 
  • Day Pass – Wednesday: $99
  • Scholarship: $25 [Find more information here.]

More information about tickets and pricing is available on Eventbrite when you register.

Other Information

Child Care

Child care for children up to age 5 will run during all program hours of the National Gathering. Child care will take place on-site at Seattle First Presbyterian Church. Cost is $175 per child; however, please be in touch with us if cost becomes prohibitive.

To register your child(ren), visit the registration page and select the child care ticket.

Registration for child care closes on February 1, 2019.

People of Color Gathering

We are looking forward to providing space at the National Gathering for people of color. More details will come, but we invite you to mark your calendars for a Monday morning breakfast and Tuesday evening gathering.

Breakfast with Jennifer Harvey

Keynote presenter Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America, is offering a breakfast on Wednesday morning of the National Gathering to facilitate conversation about raising white kids in America. Whether you’ve been a white kid, are helping raise white kids, have relationships with people who used to be white kids, or have children in your life who are friends with white kids — the conversation is for everyone. Registration is required. Learn more.

NEXT Church Arts Collective

The NEXT Church Arts Collective will meet during the 2019 National Gathering to connect artists and creatives across the church to:
Nourish our creative spirits.
Expand our imaginations.
Create opportunities for collaboration.
Consider the particular role of artists/creatives in movements for racial and social justice.

If you are interested in collaborating prior to the event and learning more, contact Shawna Bowman.

Reception Celebrating Seminaries

All are invited to watch the sun set over Seattle from the 28th floor and join the Theological Education Fund and our PCUSA seminaries for a reception. Everyone registered for the National Gathering will receive one drink ticket! Learn more.


Be in touch with Jen James, our National Gathering coordinator.