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 2015, the Gathering will be held June 18–21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Themed “One Body, One Spirit,” the 2015 Gathering will be an opportunity for worship and community, education and fun—all exploring 1 Corinthians 12:12–27:
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
A number of organizations and businesses have graciously offered financial support for the Gathering. Thank you to our generous sponsors!
The Presbyterian Foundation
The Presbyterian Foundation cultivates, attracts, and manages financial resources of individuals and institutions to serve Christ′s mission.
The Board of Pensions
The Board of Pensions is the agency legally responsible for administering the pension and benefits programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Cambey & West
Cambey & West provides circulation fulfillment and integrated database management solutions to the publishing industry, including Horizons.
Welch Printing is a Louisville, Kentucky-based full-service commercial printer, who prints many of Presbyterian Women's resources.
For information on how to become a Gathering sponsor, contact Rhonda Martin, 844/PW-PCUSA (844/797-2872), X5596.
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.
The Gathering in five minutes
Get a taste of the Gathering—watch this five-minute video that offers a look at the fun, worship and fellowship that you can have at the 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 18–21, 2015.