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I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

It was hard for me to put into words the experience of the Gathering. Where to begin? If you attended, you understand. In an article on The Tenth Triennial, it was described as “transformative, renewing and challenging!” There were over 30 participants that attended from Florida. In the May Tapestry, I said, “Prepare to be wowed” and I think those who attended will agree that we were. 

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton delivered the message at the Opening Worship. She related the sto-ry about a confirmand, who was asked, “Why do you want to be confirmed?” to which she responded, “There’s a lot of craziness out there and I want to be part of the light.” She also related the story of the woman at the well and how we jump to conclusions when hearing one’s story. What do you think when you hear that she’s had five husbands? Is it possible that she is grieving after losing each husband and can’t bear to marry another only to lose him? Or could it be that they were abusive?

Summer Bible Studies in Gather Magazine were prepared by Kelly Fryer. Session One in the June 2017 issue was titled, “Say Goodbye to Nice” followed by “Stand With the Least of These”, and “Upend the Tables”. Kelly explored these studies during her presentation and in “helping us to think about things differently and to question what we see in ourselves, in our congregations and in our world.” She told us not to go home and change the world but to go home and change ourselves.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee challenged attendees with the questions, “With whom is God asking us to align today? In whose corner are we being called to stand?” She now works with the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and Women of the Liberia Mass Action for Peace. She encouraged attendees to stand up for justice and to stand up for peace.

Film showings included “Beauty of Their Dreams”, which documents what faith groups are doing to sup-port girls’ education globally and “Dreamcatcher”, a documentary about a former prostitute who now helps women and teenage girls leave the sex industry and break the cycle of abuse and exploitation.

Several workshops were offered including “Sabbath: The Revolutionary R&R” and “Five Gifts of Disciple-ship: Living Our Faith in Daily Life” as well as Servant Events.

The Gathering ended on a high note with the spirited Rev. Angela T. Khabeb. Her message to us stated, “God does not give us what we deserve - thank God! God gives us forgiveness.” The Gospel message was the sower and the seeds. When her husband brought her to the airport, he said, “Sweetheart, behave your-self,” to which she responded, “Now that would be a miracle!”

The Eleventh Triennial Gathering will be held July 16-19, 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz. Watch for additional details; start saving and making plans to attend! Then prepare to be wowed!!

I would encourage you to go to the TG website www.welcatg.org for additional information on how you can live out all anew in your life. As we were told by Leymah Gbowee, “all anew is a way of life, not an event”. Pictures and further details will also be posted on the FL/BA SWO web site www.flwelca.com

Diane Spicer, TG Promoter

See much more in the Tapestry and on Facebook

Inspiring! Spiritual! Connective! Overwhelming! So many words to describe the Tenth Triennial! Now a description in numbers:
 Nearly 3,400 participants attended
 More than 1,300 were first-timers!
 $49,094 was raised in Thursday evening’s Thankoffering service
 404 participants ran in the Run, Walk, and Roll
 $19,116 was raised to seed grants for Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls
 In-kind gift cards totaled more than $19,000
 Over 27,000 items of hygiene products, clothing, quilt kits, and Days for Girls kits were collected
 5,850 labyrinths were collected and given to gathering and convention participants and various Twin City ministries
 Nearly $64,000 was collected during Sunday’s service of Holy Communion to be shared among PV for Phebe (25%); Cherish All Children (25%); and Women of the ELCA (50%).
 97 people gave blood for a total of 81 good units
Another event where we demonstrated that WE ARE WOMEN who engage in ministry and action and pro-mote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world!

Linda Greilick
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