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Woven together at NEXT Church — The conference in pictures

SEATTLE — Worship. Fellowship. Collaborative learning. The 2019 NEXT Church national gathering had as its theme “Woven Together: Stories of Dissonance, Sacrifice and Liberation,” as the conference held Mar. 11-13 at Seattle First Presbyterian Church invited participants to consider how God weaves individual stories together to shape community and live out the church’s call to freedom and faith. Here’s a look at some of the conference highlights.

At opening worship, each worshipper was given a piece of fabric to hold and eventually tear and tie together with other’s pieces. (All photos by Jodi Craiglow)
Once tied together, the fabric pieces served as the backdrop for the worship space at First Presbyterian Church of Seattle.
NEXT Church executive director Jessica Tate welcomed about 575 participants to the conference.
W. Tali Hairston, senior advisor for community engagement for Seattle Presbytery, spoke about transformation and reconciliation during one of the keynotes.
Gratitude was expressed to the leadership of NEXT Church.
Musicians lead singing during worship.
Workshops offered practical ways to engage and enliven ministry.
Large-form drawing created during one of the conference workshops
Daily worship
Celebrating communion: The Table is open
The bread of life
Worshippers were invited to pray along with #SayHerName, lifting up prayers for black women and girls who have been the victims of police, state and domestic violence.
Conference attendees in worship
Corey Greaves shared a testimony about his work with Mending Wings, nonprofit ministry program that works with Native American young people to develop spirituality, leadership and cultural awareness.
Ken Evers-Hood, pastor of Tualatin Presbyterian Church in Oregon, gave a testimony about depression in ministry.
Waters from many locations were poured into a font as worshippers were invited to remember their baptism.
Amantha Barbee sings with the conference choir.
The conference choir
Slats Toole tied a cord around another’s wrist as worshippers reminded each other, “You are a beloved child of God.”