Saturday, January 12
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
Cosponsored by Seattle Presbytery, North Puget Sound Presbytery, and Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry
In a time and place where "being" the church is as diverse and complex as our cultures, we seek ideas, inspiration and guidance in how to "be the church" in the best and most authentic manner we can manage.
PresbyFest presents speakers and leaders who can look at what it means to be church in a variety of different ways, from many angles, and with different approaches.
Beginning with our key note speaker, journalist Ray Suarez, we will take a look at the role of the Church throughout worldwide current affairs and our national landscape.
Three separate sessions of workshops will follow with four or five offerings each, ranging from nuts and bolts ministry practices to theological conversations and mission planning.
The day will end with a special worship service with guest preacher Archbishop Elias Chacour who has spent his life working for peace and reconciliation among Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Jerusalem.
Your registration fee of $10 per person will cover lunch as well as conference costs. You must have a ticket to attend PresbyFest 2013.
This event is co-sponsored by Seattle Presbytery, North Puget Sound Presbytery, and Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.
Archbishop Elias Chacour
is Author and Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour. Ray Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based Senior Correspondent.
Suarez came to The NewsHour from NPR where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local and national stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
He is currently at work on the companion volume to a coming documentary series for PBS chronicling the history of Latinos in America. He is the author most recently of a book examining the tightening relationship between religion and politics in America, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America. Suarez also wrote The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration (Free Press), and has contributed to several other books, including What We See (New Village Press, 2010),How I Learned English (National Geographic, 2007), Brooklyn: A State of Mind (Workman, 2001), Local Heroes (Norton, 2000),Saving America's Treasures (National Geographic, 2000), and Las Christmas (Knopf, 1998). Suarez also hosts the monthly foreign affairs radio program “America Abroad” for Public Radio International, and the nationally-broadcast weekly political program “Need to Know” for PBS.
At The NewsHour, Suarez is the lead correspondent for the program’s global health coverage. He has reported on some of the world’s most threatening, and little-known health crises from Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Earlier in his career, Suarez was a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York, a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome, and a reporter for various American and British news services in London. Over the years he has narrated, anchored or reported many documentaries for public radio and television including the nationally-broadcast “Anatomy of a Pandemic” (2009, PBS) and “Jerusalem: The Center of the World” (2009, PBS), a weekly series,Follow the Money (1997, PBS), and programs including “Homeland” (2012, PBS) Who Speaks for Islam? (LinkTV, 2005, 2009), By The People (PBS, 2004-07), “The Journey Home” (2004, WETA), “The Execution Tapes” (2001, Public Radio), and “Through Our Own Eyes” (2000, KQED).
In 2010 Suarez was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists. He is a co-recipient of NPR's 1993-94 and 1994-95 DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards for on-site coverage of the first all-race elections in South Africa and the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, respectively. He was honored with the 1996 Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, and the 2005 Distinguished Policy Leadership Award from UCLA's School of Public Policy.
Suarez holds a B.A. in African History from New York University and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many colleges and universities, most recently by the State University of New York. He is a winner of a Benton Fellowship in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago. He has also been honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU, and a Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Suarez lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
Elias Chacour is the Archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, he is the author of two books about the experience of Palestinian people living in present-day Israel. He describes himself as a "Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli."