The theme for the 2017 National Gathering was “Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World.” Our guiding scripture was John 4:1-42 – the Samaritan woman at the well.
In John 4 we are told of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, her encounter with her people, and Jesus’ words to the disciples. In the person and story of Jesus Christ we see movement across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation as a consistent pattern.
In thinking about this National Gathering, we wanted to explore how we — as disciples and as the church — participate in Jesus’ pattern of moving across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation. In short, finding and offering well-being.