2018 Regional Assembly

May 18-20, 2018

“Courageous Engagement: Hearing Each Other’s Stories”


Keynote Speaker Bio  |  Registration Links  |  Schedule  |  Lodging  |  Workshops  |  Seattle Storyteller's Guild  |  Locations Info  |  Display Area Application

Join us at First Christian Church, Sumner, WA next May for our bi-annual Regional Assembly. “Courageous Engagement: Hearing Each Other’s Stories” will be our theme. Come for a time of listening, sharing, and learning. Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Terri Hord Owens
General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President on July 9, 2017. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election.

Hord Owens’ resume includes more than 20 years in corporate America leading diverse teams in data management before she entered seminary. For 15 years, she served as the dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School, shepherding a varied student body in both background and theology.

Hord Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults.




Online Registration is available now!  Click HERE

Select this link to download a printable Registration Form to register by mail/with a check.

Event Schedule

(Subject to changes)
FRIDAY, May 18, 2018
9am – 3pm Eracism Training (@ FCC Puyallup)
4pm – 7pm Registration & Display Area Open 
7pm – 8:30pm Opening Worship
8:30pm – 9pm Fellowship

SATURDAY, May 19, 2018
8:30am Display Area Open
9am– 9:45am Worship
9:45am – 10am Break
10am – 12:30pm Business
12:30pm – 1pm Lunch and Travel
1pm - 2:15pm Breakout/Workshop Session 1
             • Workshops at FCC Puyallup
             • Conversations at FCC Sumner
2:15pm – 2:30pm BREAK
2:30pm – 3:45pm Breakout/Workshop Session 2
6:00pm All-Assembly Dinner- Evening OPEN for courageous engagement: hearing each other’s stories!
             Sumner Middle School

SUNDAY, May 20, 2018
9:30am Display Area Open
10am – 11:30am Worship & Assembly Closing Message

Lodging Options

Hampton Inn and Suites
   1515 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
   Phone: (253) 770-8880
   Rate:  $127 Single King or Double Queen
       Ask for the First Christian Church Rate or make your Online Hampton Inn Reservation with this link.
RV and Tent Camping
   Available near the Puyallup Fair Grounds
   $30 per night in advance
   $38 per night at the lot and after hours (based on availability)
For year-round reservations, please call 253-845-1771 or e-mail info@thefair.com


Subject to change

  • Open and Affirming Ministry, with Brian Carr – Engage with Disciples panel members as they share why it was important to either find an Open and Affirming church or to help move their church to become Open and Affirming.  Information on The Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance resources to help start conversations or to help live into status as an Open and Affirming church.
  • Developing the Art of Storytelling, with the Seattle Storyteller's Guild – Engage with ancient art of storytelling, which celebrates the wisdom, humor, and diversity of the human experience and can capture and heal the human heart.
  • Listening to Each Other During Times of Conflict, with Matthew Markell – The art of listening, especially during times of conflict, is one that we must create and nurture with great intention. It begins by first listening to ourselves and acknowledging our own fears and biases before we can learn to really listen to others. Only then can we create meaningful dialogue with one another.
  • Relationships with Indigenous Peoples, with Reverend Irvin Porter – Engage with ways local churches can “develop and nurture relationships with the American Indian, Alaska Natives, or First Nation people of the place where they reside.” (from resolution affirmed at the 2017 General Assembly)
  • Continuing our Faith Stories, with Jerry Lang – Engage with learning how legacy giving can reflect our faith and help the church to continue living into God’s call to mission.
  • Ecumenical Studies, with Missy Trull – Engage with hearing the story of a student’s experience at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland in fall 2017.  The Bossey Scholarship was inspired by the Rev. Dr. Loren Arnett‘s commitment to ecumenical scholarship and justice and is part of the Loren Arnett Endowed Scholarship at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University.
  • Finding Grace in the Midst of Anxiety, with Luke Sumner - If we as church want to better engage our world, it is vital that we not only understand the mental illnesses that push people to the margins on our streets, but also the quieter forms of mental illness that people from our pews to our workplaces struggle with daily.  “Mental illness” is a phrase getting a lot of airtime lately, yet many of us struggle to understand all that falls under this broad and often unhelpful term. 

More about the Seattle Storyteller's Guild

During our worship time we will have an opportunity to practice hearing the stories of others through the Seattle Storytellers Guild. From their website, “The Seattle Storytellers Guild, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit organization of tellers and story enthusiasts who actively promote the art of storytelling for adults, as well as children.”


Location Information

Coming soon!

Display Area Application

We welcome our ecumenical partners and ministries to Regional Assembly and are pleased to offer (limited) spaces where they can display information and chat with folks!  Please use this form to make your request.  Space is limited, please don't delay your request!

We look forward to finding space to share about your organization and ministries!  Please use the comments area to indicate if your display is being mailed to the church, if you've submitted the request for another person attending and the special needs your display has that were not otherwise covered in the questions.  Also, please note that display requests are not the same as registering for the event.  Thank you!  Contact asaladino@disciplesnw.org (Amber Saladino) if you have any questions.