2018 Regional Assembly

May 18-20, 2018

“Courageous Engagement: Hearing Each Other’s Stories”

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Join us at First Christian Church, Sumner, WA next May for our bi-annual Regional Assembly. “Courageous Engagement: Hearing Each Other’s Stories” will be our theme. Come for a time of listening, sharing, and learning. Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Terri Hord Owens
General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President on July 9, 2017. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election.

Hord Owens’ resume includes more than 20 years in corporate America leading diverse teams in data management before she entered seminary. For 15 years, she served as the dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School, shepherding a varied student body in both background and theology.

Hord Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults.

 

 


Registration

Online Registration is available now!  Click HERE

Select this link to download a printable Registration Form to register by mail/with a check.


Event Schedule

(Subject to changes)
FRIDAY, May 18, 2018
9am – 3pm Eracism Training (@ FCC Puyallup)
4pm – 7pm Registration & Display Area Open 
7pm – 8:30pm Opening Worship
8:30pm – 9pm Fellowship

SATURDAY, May 19, 2018
8:30am Display Area Open
9am– 9:45am Worship
9:45am – 10am Break
10am – 12:30pm Business
12:30pm – 1pm Lunch and Travel
1pm - 2:15pm Breakout/Workshop Session 1
             • Workshops at FCC Puyallup
             • Conversations at FCC Sumner
2:15pm – 2:30pm BREAK
2:30pm – 3:45pm Breakout/Workshop Session 2
4:00pm  Regional Board and Mission Council Orientation @ FCC Puyallup
6:00pm All-Assembly Dinner- Sumner Middle School: Evening OPEN for courageous engagement: hearing each other’s stories!

SUNDAY, May 20, 2018
9:30am Display Area Open
10am – 11:30am Worship & Assembly Closing Message


Lodging Options

Hampton Inn and Suites
   1515 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
   Phone: (253) 770-8880
   Rate:  Variable- Best Available based on occupancy- Single King or Double Queen
       Ask for the First Christian Church Rate or make your Online Hampton Inn Reservation with this link.
RV and Tent Camping
   Available near the Puyallup Fair Grounds
   $30 per night in advance
   $38 per night at the lot and after hours (based on availability)
For year-round reservations, please call 253-845-1771 or e-mail info@thefair.com
http://www.thefair.com/plan-your-trip/rv-parking


Workshops

Subject to change

  • Open and Affirming Ministry, with Brian Carr – Engage with Disciples panel members as they share why it was important to either find an Open and Affirming church or to help move their church to become Open and Affirming.  Information on The Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance resources to help start conversations or to help live into status as an Open and Affirming church.
     
  • Listening to Each Other During Times of Conflict, with Matthew Markell – The art of listening, especially during times of conflict, is one that we must create and nurture with great intention. It begins by first listening to ourselves and acknowledging our own fears and biases before we can learn to really listen to others. Only then can we create meaningful dialogue with one another.
     
  • Relationships with Indigenous Peoples, with Reverend Irvin Porter – Engage with ways local churches can “develop and nurture relationships with the American Indian, Alaska Natives, or First Nation people of the place where they reside.” (from resolution affirmed at the 2017 General Assembly)
     
  • Continuing our Faith Stories, with Jerry Lang – Engage with learning how legacy giving can reflect our faith and help the church to continue living into God’s call to mission.
     
  • Ecumenical Studies, with Missy Trull – Engage with hearing the story of a student’s experience at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland in fall 2017.  The Bossey Scholarship was inspired by the Rev. Dr. Loren Arnett‘s commitment to ecumenical scholarship and justice and is part of the Loren Arnett Endowed Scholarship at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University.
     
  • Finding Grace in the Midst of Anxiety, with Luke Sumner - If we as church want to better engage our world, it is vital that we not only understand the mental illnesses that push people to the margins on our streets, but also the quieter forms of mental illness that people from our pews to our workplaces struggle with daily.  “Mental illness” is a phrase getting a lot of airtime lately, yet many of us struggle to understand all that falls under this broad and often unhelpful term. 

More about the Seattle Storyteller's Guild

During our worship time we will have an opportunity to practice hearing the stories of others through the Seattle Storytellers Guild. From their website, “The Seattle Storytellers Guild, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit organization of tellers and story enthusiasts who actively promote the art of storytelling for adults, as well as children.”

http://seattlestorytellers.org/ssg/home.html


Location Information

HELLO!?  Where is everyone?
Even for a seasoned Northwesterner, traveling to a new destination can sometimes be daunting.  We know you just want to get there and we're here to help!

Use the links to get directions from Google Maps or note the text below.  Caution!  You'll want to double check sources for traffic impacts like construction and your own navigation system may suggest a different route.

First Christian Church
432 Wood Ave
Sumner, WA 98390

Traveling from North of Sumner

  • Start by using your preferred route to Hwy 167 Southbound
  • Take the WA-410 E exit toward Sumner/Yakima (0.6 mi)
  • Continue onto WA-410 E (1.3 mi)
  • Take the WA-162 E/Valley Ave exit toward Orting (0.2 mi)
  • Continue on Valley Ave E. Drive to Wood Ave (0.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto WA-162 W/Orting Hwy E/Valley Ave E
  • Continue to follow Valley Ave E (0.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto Meade McCumber Rd E (0.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto Wood Ave and the destination will be on the left

Traveling from East of Sumner (these directions begin after Snoqualmie Pass)

  • Start by using your preferred route to I-90 Westbound 
  • Take exit 25 for WA-18 W toward Auburn/Tacoma (0.3 mi)
  • Use any lane to turn left onto Echo Glen Rd (354 ft)
  • Continue onto WA-18 W (24.5 mi)
  • Take the exit onto WA-167 S toward Puyallup (8.0 mi)
  • Take the WA-410 E exit toward Sumner/Yakima (0.6 mi)
  • Continue onto WA-410 E (1.3 mi)
  • Take the WA-162 E/Valley Ave exit toward Orting (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto WA-162 W/Orting Hwy E/Valley Ave E
  • Continue to follow Valley Ave E (0.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto Meade McCumber Rd E (0.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto Wood Ave and destination will be on the left

Traveling from South of Sumner 

  • Start by using your preferred route to I-5 Northbound
  • Take exit 127 to merge onto WA-512 E toward Puyallup (11.9 mi)
  • Use any lane to merge onto WA-167 N toward WA-410 E/Seattle/Yakima (1.1 mi)
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take the WA-410 E exit toward Sumner/Yakima (0.2 mi)
  • Continue onto WA-410 E (1.3 mi)
  • Take the WA-162 E/Valley Ave exit toward Orting (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto WA-162 W/Orting Hwy E/Valley Ave E
  • Continue to follow Valley Ave E (0.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto Meade McCumber Rd E (0.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto Wood Ave and destination will be on the left

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