October 21-22, 2019

Offered in conjunction with the Presbytery of the Cascades
A one-night fall seminar/retreat for pastors and church leaders
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Preaching and Teaching John during the Lenten and Easter Seasons

For many centuries, dating back to the ancient Jerusalem liturgy, the Church has singled out stories from John’s Gospel for reflection during Lent (the stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus).  The lectionary also features texts from John throughout the season of Easter.  We will prepare for preaching and teaching Johannine texts through collective reflection on them and consideration of new angles of vision provided by recent methodologies and interpreters who read the Bible from different social locations.

The retreat begins at 11:30 am on Monday and concludes mid-afternoon Tuesday.

Frances Taylor Gench

Dr. Gench currently is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

She is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and was on the faculty of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg from 1986 to 1999. She served as a member of the PC(USA) General Assembly’s Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church (2001-2006), and is a parish associate at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gench’s research and teaching interests include the Gospels, women in the biblical world and feminist biblical criticism, global and intercultural perspectives on the Bible, and issues of biblical authority and interpretation.  The author of six books, her most recent publication is Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015).











Thanks to a grant from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, minister members of a presbytery are eligible to attend for a reduced cost!

Scholarships are available for first-time attendees (6 available), and need-based (6 available). If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the form and await instructions before filling out the registration form.


Reduced Cost for Ministers Full Price
$60 per person for a shared room (with 1 or 2 roommates) $160 per person for a shared room (with 1 or 2 roommates)
$110 for a clergy couple (housed in same room) $210 for a clergy couple (housed in same room)
$135 for a private room (no roommates, shared bath) –0 private rooms remaining $235 for a private room (no roommates) — 0 private rooms remaining
$50 for Commuters (lunches & dinner, no overnight lodging) $130 for Commuters (lunches & dinner; no overnight lodging)





11:00 am Arrive, Check-in Creevey Commons
12:00 pm Lunch Dining Hall
1:00 pm Opening Worship Creevey Commons
1:15 pm Session 1 Creevey Commons
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Session 2 Creevey Commons
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 pm Session 3 Creevey Commons
8:45 pm Evening Prayer Creevey Commons
9:15 pm Social Time


8:00 am Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 am Morning prayer Creevey Commons
9:15 am Session 4 Creevey Commons
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Session 5 Creevey Commons
Noon Lunch Dining Hall
1:00 pm Session 6 Creevey Commons
2:45 pm Closing Worship Creevey Commons