Register now for the Gathering!
Registration for the 2015 PW Churchwide Gathering is now open!
Tip: Be prepared to create a username and password to use the online registration. (If you've registered for past PC(USA) events, like Big Tent, you will use the same username and password.)
The Gathering will be held June 18–21, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme of the Gathering is “One Body, One Spirit,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:12–27. As always, workshops, plenary sessions, worship, mission opportunities and all Gathering programming will explore the theme in the context of a diverse, faithful sisterhood. Full registration for the event is just $395 (less than in 2012!), plus lodging and transportation. Learn about registration options and see the daily schedule.
If you have registered for the Gathering and have not received a Gathering registration confirmation, please contact Patricia Longfellow by email or phone, 844/797-2872, ext. 8015. Please spread the word to others you know who are attending the Gathering. (This is for Gathering registration only, not hotel registration.) Thank you!
Hotels and travel
Hotel room blocks reserved for the Gathering are full, BUT rooms are still available outside the blocks, some for the same rate, $169 per night (plus tax). Two of the hotels within walking distance:
- Hilton Minneapolis—reserve a room at the Hilton
- Doubletree Suites Minneapolis—reserve a room at the Doubletree
Roger Roy with Global Travel Alliance is available for full-service air travel assistance ($30 fee per person); email Roger or call him at 505/867-2829. A number of transportation options are available to get you from the airport to hotel, or around Minneapolis.
- Reserve a ride through Supershuttle of Minnesota, Inc. Options range from a ride-share van to a chauffeured sedan or van. For transportation from the airport, costs range from $18 per person to $99 flat fee, depending on type of vehicle selected.
- Take Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains. To get to the hotel from the airport, take an LRT train to the stop for Nicollet Mall (the 11-block area of Nicollet Avenue in which the Hyatt Regency is located). Fares for adults are $1.75 to $2.25. Pick up a bus at the Nicollet Mall stop to take you to the Hyatt Regency. Some buses cost $0.50, while others are free (look for buses marked "Free ride).
- Arrange a taxi at the airport or at the hotel.
Daily Horizons, issue 1
Learn everything you need to know about your first day(s) at the Gathering. This first issue of the almost-daily Gathering newspaper has information on what you should bring, leave at home and put on your schedule while you're in Minneapolis for the 2015 Churchwide Gathering.
Gathering registration booklet
Are you ready to start planning your Gathering experience? The Gathering registration booklet mailed with the November/December 2014 issue of Horizons, and is also available for download!
Use this resource to plan your arrival, worship, shopping, education, relaxation and inspiration during the 2015 Gathering. Plenary speakers will inspire you to live out your faith in new ways. Educational opportunities (workshops, forums and mission tours) will stretch your understanding and engagement with the world. Time with your Presbyterian sisters will remind you of the power of women committed to creating a more just world for everyone. In short, it's an incredible event that should not be missed!
Gathering Promo Packet
There's still time to encourage others to attend the Churchwide Gathering! And this packet has a number of tools to help you do that! This free download includes basic Gathering information, clip art of Minnie (the Gathering moose-cot) and announcements you can adapt for newsletters, bulletin boards or email blasts.
This resource also includes a commissioning service to bless and encourage the women from your congregation (or presbytery or synod!) who will be attending the Gathering. Glenda Watts of Heartland Presbytery created a commissioning service and shared it with Presbyterian Women. Download it here.
Step out for justice and peace!
Participate in the PW March for Justice and Peace at the Churchwide Gathering, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Minneapolis. The march will be held from 5 to 6 pm. If you are attending the Gathering, gather in the courtyard at Westminster Presbyterian Church, just one block from the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (where the Gathering is being held). If you won't be at the Gathering, sponsor someone who will be. Pledges will benefit CARE and Presbyterian Ministry at the UN. Download the pledge form here.
Donate to the silent auction
Once again, the Gathering will include a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Mission Pledge. If you or your group would like to donate an item or collection of items, know that you'll be supporting Presbyterian Women. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Mission Pledge. Items donated to the silent auction should be new and have a minimum value of $25. Handmade items attract many bidders! At the Gathering, bidding will take place in the Activities Hall beginning at 5 pm on June 18, and concluding at 6 pm on June 19. Read more about the silent auction. To donate to the silent auction, download a form and submit by June 1. If you have questions about donating an item, please email Katie Blume.
Mission scrapbook project
Help us prepare an online mission scrapbook! Bring a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page to the Gathering that highlights PW mission! Include pictures and text that tell us about the project—when, where, why, who, how and so on. On the back of the page, include the name of the church, presbytery or synod that worked on the mission project; the name, email and phone number of a contact person; and a signed photo release form for individuals in the photos.
Congregations may submit one page; presbyteries and synods may submit up to three pages, with contact information on each page. Bring your scrapbook page to the PW space in the Activities Hall. The pages will be displayed during the Gathering. The pages will not be returned to you; instead, they will be digitized and shared in an online mission scrapbook.
African American Clergywomen’s retreat
An African American Clergywomen’s Retreat will be held in Minneapolis, just before the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women. This will be an opportunity for African American clergywomen to come together for spiritual renewal, development and support in a sacred environment where they will be nurtured and encouraged as they live out their call. The event takes inspiration from Mark 6:31:“He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’”
The retreat will be June 17–18, 2015 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Thanks to generous underwriting from offices in Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, the cost for this event (including hotels and meals) plus a one-day Gathering registration (Friday) is $100.
To learn more or register, contact Lonnie Oliver by email or phone, 502/569-5697. Additional information is available through the African American Congregational Support Office.
Get a taste of the Gathering
Watch this four-minute video that offers a look at the fun, worship and fellowship that you can have at the 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!
(Gathering images from the 2012 Gathering in Orlando, Florida.)