Held once every three years, Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering 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—where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases will be decided—takes place in conjunction with the Gathering.
Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Churchwide Gathering
What is the theme of the 2018 Churchwide Gathering?
The theme is “Arise, shine, your light has come!” based on Isaiah 60:1.
When is the 2018 Churchwide Gathering?
The Gathering begins on Thursday, August 2, 2018, and concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
Where will this Gathering be held?
The Gathering will be held all under one roof at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Optional tours and events will visit local Presbyterian, mission-focused and cultural sites, but there’s more than enough planned in the Galt House to keep you busy for the whole Gathering!
What happens at the Gathering?
Lots! Join in worship—enjoying uplifting music and gifted preachers—with sisters in faith from around the country and the world. Find inspiration in the plenary (large group) sessions, which highlight everything from Bible study to mission projects. Learn about your areas of passion and key issues in the world today through educational opportunities (forums and workshops) led by inspiring speakers. Witness the installation of the newly elected leaders of PW’s 2018–2021 Churchwide Coordinating Team. Visit the many exhibits. Shop in the marketplace and bookstore. Take in some of the interesting and fun Louisville sites.
How much will the Gathering cost?
Full registration is $425. Daily registration is $125 per day. Hotel, travel and some meals are additional.
What hotel accommodations are available?
Housing and programming are all under one roof at the Galt House. Rooms start at $144 per night; suites start at $159 per night, for one to four persons per room, plus tax. These discounted rates will apply three nights before and after the Gathering.
Are transportation services available?
For full-service air travel assistance, contact Roger Roy, Global Travel Alliance, at 505/867-2829.
Are scholarships available?
A limited number of leadership development grants will be available to help with Gathering costs. Watch for details in October 2017. Consider applying for (or donating to!) scholarships through your PW in the Congregation, Presbytery or Synod.
When should voting representatives be available for the Business Meeting?
The Business Meeting will begin Wednesday, August 1, at 7 pm and will conclude by 5 pm on August 2. Voting representative certification and orientation will take place prior to the start of the meeting on August 1.
What else can you tell me about the theme?
The 2018 Gathering is an opportunity to “arise and shine,” reflecting on the healing, prophetic, compassionate Light of the world. “Arise, shine, your light has come!” invites us to explore possibility, growth and radiance, empowered by God.
Louisville, here I come! When can I register?
Registration opens on January 15, 2018. The registration booklet will mail with the November/December 2017 issue of Horizons magazine. (Subscribe now!)
What can I do until then!?
Talk up the Gathering in your church, presbytery and synod, using the 2018 Churchwide Gathering Promotional Packet!