This Week at Wallingford: May 23, 2017

 WUMC Update, May 23, 2017

Coming Sunday

May 28: Seventh Sunday of Easter

9:00 AM – Adult Ed & Sunday School

10:00 AM – Worship

7:00 PM – Men’s Group

  For Your Calendar

  • June 14-17 – PNW Annual Conference Session
  • June 25 – Pride Sunday
  • July 8 – Pat Prinz’s Memorial

PNW Annual Conference: Save the Date & Participate!

Save the date – our Annual Conference is coming up, and you can attend and otherwise be involved!

The 2017 Annual Conference meeting for PNW United Methodists takes place June 14-17 in Portland, and you are invited to attend!

The Annual Conference has opportunities for clergy and laity alike to share worship, workshops, mission experiences, and more. Workshops include “Standing With: Critical Issues in Indian Country,” “Writing Letters to Your Representatives,” Three Spiritual Practices that Transform,” and “Speaking Truth with Power.” Also at this meeting, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky will be installed as the presiding bishop of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area.

Conference organizers have put out a call seeking lay volunteers for the event. Volunteer duties and time commitments vary – to find out more, please email Rosalee Mohney.

Registration is $180 until May 30 and prices increase thereafter. Childcare is available. Find out full information and register for the conference online here.

“Liturgies of Resistance” Course

Check out this exciting opportunity for continuing education from Seattle University!

Seattle University will offer a course called “Liturgies of Resistance” from May 30-June 2. All adults are invited to participate.

Words on the course from SU:

“Liturgies of Resistance explores the classic Christian ordo and the ways it has been used historically as a moment of resistance against socio-political oppression and domination. Students will participate in facilitated dialogue to prompt resistance thinking and develop their competencies as practitioners of the sacred by examining contextual liturgies and various practices in response to major social moments. Ecumenical in scope, this course focuses on ways in which global communities have responded to injustice through Eucharist, Baptism, music, and preaching. Special attention will be given to historic narratives that link liturgy with public theology as resistance to injustice.”

Find out more on this course and register online here.

“Reading Fiction as a Sacred Text” Worship

Learn something new about finding theological and spiritual insights in your favorite works of fiction.

On Wednesday, June 7, Vanessa Zoltan will host a 1-hour workshop called “Reading Fiction as a Sacred Text” at the Madrona Commons.

Zoltan is the co-host of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” a popular podcast that connects the Harry Potter series with ancient religious practices to provide listeners with meaningful questions about our own values and beliefs. (This session will not be Harry Potter-specific, so don’t worry if that isn’t your thing.)

This workshop goes from 5:30PM-6:30PM. Admission is free, but organizers will accept a $5 cash donation at the door – proceeds will go to the International Rescue Committee. RSVP online here.

Coming Up at The Well

Get inspired with Ron Finley on June 2.

On June 2 at Queen Anne UMC’s The Well, Ron Finley, L.A.’s “Gangster Gardener,” will give a talk about accidentally starting a revolution.

Frustrated by the lack of access to fresh, organic food in his South Central L.A. home, Finley planted an edible garden in a public parkway and was promptly cited by the city. In response, Finley fought and won a bureaucratic battle to make establishing green spaces, cafes, educational centers, and community gathering spaces possible.

Come talk with Finley and find out how to join in his work on Friday, June 2, at QAUMC. Tickets are $25 and available at Find out more about The Well and other upcoming events at

“Rooted” Conference

Attend this unique conference or support those who are going.

“Rooted” is a conference from the Reconciling Ministries Network for trans and gender-expansive Christians taking place this August 11-13 in Chicago.

This conference is “a retreat for trans and gender-expansive Christians meant to rest and revive our souls while we draw spiritual inspiration and practical tools to develop our leadership in the world… We will celebrate ourselves, our stories, and our community.” There will be opportunities for worship, networking, practical leadership training, and spiritual formation at this conference.

“Rooted” will be facilitated by J Mase III, a Seattle-based Black/trans/queer poet and educator, and Rev. Erin K. Swenson, the first known mainstream minister to transition from male to female while remaining in ordained office.

Organizers have asked that allies refrain from attending “Rooted” given that this is a rare opportunity for trans and gender-expansive people to gather. However, allies are invited to contribute to the scholarship fund for attendees.

Registration is $100 (not including room and board). Full and partial scholarships are available. Find out full information and register online here.