Much needed antidote to despair. That’s how one participant described our Weaving Our Strengths Conference held on September 30th at University Congregational Church. The day was full of connecting – through music and worship, seeing old friends and making new friends, interactive workshops and small table conversations. Another participant notes the inspirational nature of connection: The personal interactions seeing that people from other churches burn for justice, too. Yes, they do. Yes, we do.

It made me think and gave me ideas and direction. Twelve workshops, with different modes of engaging, inspired, uplifted, and challenged participants, who were active contributors to the sessions and our time together. Edifying and engaging workshops as well as follow-up conversation based in hope & action. Workshops were engaging, camaraderie & ecumenism of attendants is inspiring. The workshops and table conversations – in fact, the whole day – would not have been as special if it weren’t for those gathered together, participating together. Thank you for spending time with us as we journey together For Such a Time as This.

Photo Credits: Ion Gardescu 2017

About 200 people from 18 denominations/faith traditions, 60 faith communities, and 22 cities gathered that day. We thank all who attended, who volunteered, who sponsored, who helped put together such a wonderful day and a sacred space of connection, learning, and planning next steps. Special appreciation to University Congregational Church for hosting, and Ellen Finkelstein as Conference Manager.

We look forward to seeing you next year. In the meantime, make sure you’re connected in around your area of justice: email Haley for racial justice, Erica for housing/homelessness, Briana for immigrants & refugees, Joey for South King County, or Ann for general connection with the Church Council. And make sure to follow our calendar for other events of interest in the area. Peace & Blessings.


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