About the Gathering
What is the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women?
The Gathering, held once every three years, is an opportunity for Presbyterian women from across the country (and around the world!) to gather for worship, education, community-building, fun and renewal. Participants will enjoy workshops, tours, forums, plenary sessions with inspiring speakers and worship. PW’s triennial Business Meeting also takes place during the Gathering, where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases will be decided.
In 2012, the Gathering was held July 18–22 in Orlando, Florida, (all under one roof) at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Themed “River of Hope,” the 2012 Gathering focused on renewing our hope and exploring Psalm 46:4–5:
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
Share the Gathering with others
Make everyone a fan of the Gathering
Use this template (from the Gathering promotional packet) to make a Gathering fan for everyone in your PW group or at your next PW event.
Download a Gathering logo for your newsletter, bulletin board display or other Gathering interpretation. Please note that this logo may not be used on any sale item.
Daily Horizons is the almost-daily Gathering newspaper. The first issue was published prior to the Gathering, then issues 2, 3 and 4 were published during the Gathering. Use them to refresh your memory or share the Gathering with others.
Gathering plenary sessions included two Horizons skits—featuring Julia Child of God and Rachael Ray of Sonshine—about the award-winning (and delicious!) publication of Presbyterian Women. Use the skits at your next PW event.
Wear your excitement for the Gathering
Beautiful, fair trade, high-quality t-shirts featuring the Gathering logo are still available. And the shirts not only show your enthusiasm to share in the “River of Hope,” the shirts also represent hope. For generations, hope was in short supply for the women and girls of Sonagacchi, the oldest and largest of Calcutta’s red light districts. But a company named Freeset —a bag and t-shirt manufacturing company—has taught women and girls sewing skills that transform their lives from exploitation and pain to freedom and promise. With the theme “River of Hope” in mind, the women of Freeset have dyed, sewn and signed the River of Hope Gathering t-shirts.
The shirts are available in misses’, women’s and plus cuts. The misses cut runs slightly smaller and closer to the body than the women’s cut. It has a scoop neck and cap sleeves. The women’s cut is slightly looser in the chest and waist, and has a scoop neck and regular sleeves. The plus cut is longer and straighter than the misses’ or women’s cut and has a scoop neck and standard sleeves. All styles are in a lovely berry hue, with the Gathering logo on top and the signatures of the makers in white (in Bangla) on the bottom. The cost is $15.
2012 Churchwide Gathering t-shirt sizing chart
The Gathering in six minutes
Get a taste of the Gathering—watch this six-minute video that offers a look at the fun, worship and fellowship that you can have at the 2012 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Orlando, Florida, July 18-22, 2012.