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State of the Church

"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
~ African Proverb

Following the Way of Jesus has challenges unique to each generation and time period in history. This special, annual event brings together the people and resources of historic and emerging Churches to explore the trends, challenges, hopes and dreams that impact our mission together. Sharing resources, ideas, and collaborating on important work—we reimagine what it looks like to be the Church in this slice of history and in this local context.  Together, we can look at the full picture and face the future, while honoring our rich history and past. Come and journey with us!


Theme: "One in the Spirit"
Throughout stories of Gospel and Church, the ancient Greek word, pneuma (πνεῦμα) is a key concept.  Meaning literally "breath,” it takes on nuanced meaning in a religious context—the dynamic movement of "spirit" or "soul."  Together, we are committed to this pursuit of a synchronized pneuma within the Church and within our learning here at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. We have much to learn from each other. We can go alone, but we can go farther together. 
Saturday, June 20  |  9:30am - 2:30pm
Seattle University campus
$25 per person  |  $15 for groups of 3 or more 
Special Guests
- Wes Granberg-Michaelson with Diverse Experiences in Historic and Emerging Traditions, "Where the Spirit is Leading World Christianity Today"
- Elizabeth Conde-Frazier with a Liberation Theology and Latino/a Church Perspective, "Iglesia ቤተክርስቲያን교회 Church: Salt, Light, Leaven—The Real Deal"

Breakout Workshops Include:
- The Spirit of Change in a Local Setting
- Immigration: Responding in Faith
- Pope Francis: Leadership that is Changing the World
- Post-Mars Hill: Next Steps Together
- Gentrification & the Problem of Sin  

What Participants are Saying 

  • "The day was full of engaging conversation and refreshing ideas. I'm already looking forward to next year!"
    ~ Rev. Melody Young, Presbyterian Church USA
  • "An important benefit of attending the gathering was exploring church and broader religious dynamics from a larger regional perspective.  It was particularly helpful having a variety of local pastors, lay leaders, denominational executives and ecumenical agency representatives in attendance.  I also appreciated the opportunity to make the presentation on the church and civic engagement and found this processing affirming and the concerns and insights shared universally received.  It was also good to learn more about Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry programs and the good work being done in Seattle.  The key will be to spread it more broadly throughout the region."
    ~ David Leslie, Oregon Ecumenical Ministries

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Dr. Michael Trice
Assistant Dean of Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue