Build “Vital Christian Community” with the Diocese on Friday and Saturday

We’re just a week away from a Diocesan Gathering at Trinity Cathedral November 17 and 18. We’ll gather for light refreshments, worship, and a plenary address on Friday evening, and for workshops, lectures, and time as a diocese on Saturday morning. All are welcome!

Our speaker is the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton, author of Vital Christian Community: 12 Characteristics of Healthy Congregations and Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

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About our Speaker
The Rev. Alissa Newton was born in Roseville, California, and grew up in Northern California. She currently lives in Des Moines, Washington, near Seattle, with her husband Andrew, their daughters Jubilee and Salome, and their dog and five chickens.

In addition to her work as the Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church (Kent, Washington), the Rev. Alissa Newton is Program Director for Congregational Development for the Diocese of Olympia, and oversees the Consulting Network from this role. She is a founding trainer for the College for Congregational Development and holds a certificate in Congregational Development from the Congregation Development Institute. She has been working with congregations and other organizations within the Diocese of Olympia since 2008. In addition to her CD work, Alissa holds a BA in Christian Theology from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters of Divinity from Seattle University. As a lay person Alissa served as a vestry member and Junior Warden in her parish, as well as Lay Pastor for Children and Families for three years at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle.

Diocesan Gathering Weekend
Vital Christian Community: 12 Characteristics of Healthy Congregations
Presented by The Rev. Alissa Newton
November 17–18, 2023

Friday, November 17

5:30–6:30RegistrationSynod Hall
6:30–7:00GatheringCathedral/Synod Hall
7:00–7:15Welcome / Opening Remarks from Bishop FrenchCathedral
7:15–8:00Session 1: with The Rev. Alissa NewtonCathedral 
8:00–8:30Light RefreshmentsSynod Hall

Saturday, November 18

8:30–9:00RegistrationSynod Hall
9:00–9:30Light BreakfastSynod Hall
10:30–10:45Welcome / Opening Remarks from Bishop FrenchCathedral
10:45–12:00Session 2: with The Rev. Alissa NewtonCathedral
12:00–12:45LuncheonSynod Hall
12:45–1:00Noonday PrayerCathedral