Stories of Dissonance, Sacrifice, and Liberation

Seattle First Presbyterian Church & Seattle Presbytery
Seattle, WA

March 11-13, 2019

Registration has closed.

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.

Please note: registration has closed.

Other Information

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.

Bible Study with Becky Purcell

How might the intersections of race, gender, power and place found in the book of Ruth reveal God’s way to us today? Where in the story are God’s boundaries and blessings? Explore ancient words for fresh and fruitful practices, each morning of the National Gathering from 8:00-8:45am. All are welcome to join; no need to register ahead of time!

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.

The arts collective will meet at 3pm on Tuesday in the North Room of the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

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

Reception Celebrating Seminaries

All are invited to join the Theological Education Fund and our PCUSA seminaries for a reception on Tuesday evening. Everyone registered for the National Gathering will receive one drink ticket! Learn more.


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