A Motley Assortment of Upcoming Opportunities

There are lots of unique and exciting opportunities coming up in the world outside WUMC, whether in Seattle or further abroad. Below is a list of several of these opportunities to learn, grow, play, and rest with others. Take a look and see what appeals to you!

Opportunity to Learn Spanish

Come to New Harvest UMC in Toppenish, WA this August for beginning and intermediate Spanish practice in a real-world context. This training is offered as a way to be better prepared to love your Spanish-speaking neighbors. Language learning will be supplemented with emphasis on the arts and hearing stories from our Hispanic and Latinx friends.

The Beginning Plus cohort will meet August 14-18. This group is for folks who have little or no Spanish and the course will emphasize whole-brain and whole-body learning. Find out more and register here.

The Intermediate Conversation group will meet August 21-25. Intermediate speakers will experience immersive learning and conversations with neighbors in a town that is 82% Hispanic. Find out full details and register here.

Contact Lyda Pierce (lpierce@pnwumc.org) for more info.

Introduction to Spiritual Practices

Heart’s Way Home offers “Introduction to Spiritual Practices” on August 12 from 9:00AM-12:00PM in South Lake Union.

A spiritual practice is something we do on a regular basis with the intent to grow spiritually. These practices are part of every history, of every faith. Participants will discuss (and even practice) some of the exercises in four areas: Stillness, Creativity, Ritual and Movement. There will also be extra time talking about – and practicing – meditation and spiritual journaling (Did you know there are hundreds of ways to meditate and journal?). Maybe you have a spiritual practice; this is an opportunity to try something different. Maybe this is all new; here’s an opportunity to discover what might work for you.

Registration is $30. Find out full details and register online here.

Iconography Workshop

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church invites community members to participate in the “A Brush With God” iconography workshop this August 16-19.

“A Brush With God” is an opportunity to study with iconographer Peter Pearson (who has taught icon writing for 25 years) and create your own icon from start to finish. Pearson will guide participants in the creation of their own “Holy Silence” icon, which depicts Christ as the Word who can be found and speaks in silence. Attendees will also explore texts and prayers related to iconography and deepen their understanding of this ancient art.

This workshop takes place during the evenings August 16-19 at St. Andrew’s. Cost is $295 before August 2. Find out more and register online here.

The Story Workshop

“The Story Workshop” is a four day workshop from The Allender Center being offered in Seattle August 17-20.

The Allender Center’s core belief is that we are best known – and our stories best seen – in the company of others. “The Story Workshop” invites participants deeply into the themes of their lives, offering encouragement and wisdom as you seek to understand, write, tell, and live your story in deeper and more transformative ways.These four days feature teaching sessions with Dr. Dan Allender, small group sessions, and one-on-one sessions with trained facilitators.

“The Story Workshop” runs August 17-20 and is $825-$960. Find out more and register online here.

Step One 2017 

You are invited to Step One, an event open to all who are curious about starting a new church, a new faith community, or a new place for new people. Whether it’s a traditional church, house church, or messy church, come dream up something new for our communities.

This interactive event features worship, trainings, workshops, and prayer. Sessions include “The Call and Orientation to Church Planting,” “The Messy Church Experience,” “Intercultural Competency,” and “Weird Church for Weird Times.”

Step One is open to anyone interested in the future of the church—you don’t have to be a church planter, just someone who cares about bearing the good news of Christ in today’s world.

Step One takes place at Seattle First UMC and runs September 18—20. Registration is $99 and includes conference fees and group meals. Find out more and register here.

Enneagram – Beyond the Basics

Join St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Wisdom School for “Enneagram – Beyond the Basics” on September 22 and 23.

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system composed of nine personality styles or “types.” Every style inhabits a distinct worldview and set of motivations that influence how a person moves through the world. This experiential workshop will illuminate how the nine personality styles relate to each other and explore each type’s defense mechanism, avoidances, traps, and other dynamics that hold the potential to help us become our best selves in interpersonal relationships.

No experience with Enneagram is required, although it is welcome if you have it. “Enneagram – Beyond the Basics” runs September 22 from 6:30PM-8:30PM and September 23 from 9:30AM-3:00PM at St. Mark’s. Registration is $50 and includes meals on Saturday. Find out more and register here.

Exploration 2017

Exploration 2017 is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to listen, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. Exploration 2017 runs November 3-5 in Portland.

This will be a time of worship, fellowship, and workshops. Workshops include “Navigating the Ordination Process,” “The Gifts of Women in Ministry,” “To Rev or Not to Rev? The Ordination Question,” and ‘Working for Change in the World.” There are also small groups and fellowship groups for participants to have face time with others.

Registration ranges from $275-$350 until September 15 and includes all sessions/workshops, meals, and shared hotel accommodations. Find out full details here.