Mercer Island, WA Regional Conference

Saturday, January 31, 2015Mercer Island PC

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church

3605 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 232-5595

Marriage Matters:
We Journey Together


Matthew Vines



Keynote Speaker Matthew Vines is the founder of the Reformation Project, which “exists to train Christians to support and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Through building a deep grassroots movement, we strive to create an environment in which Christian leaders will have the freedom to take the next steps toward affirming and including LGBT people in all aspects of church life.”  His book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships is written from his perspective as an evangelical gay Presbyterian committed to theological orthodoxy, and is dedicated “to all those who have suffered in silence for so long.”




Our preacher, the Rev. Bertram Johnson, was ordained as Worship Pastor at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church in January 2014. For nearly two decades he has worked in congregations and nonprofit organizations dedicated to ministries of compassion and justice, serving the poor, homeless, and people living with HIV/AIDS. At Madrona Grace he strives to honor the history and traditions of the congregation while also allowing his Baptist roots and years working professionally in theater to create a dynamic and enlivening experience in worship to God. Bertram is also currently employed by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Legacy Project, where he raises awareness about advances in HIV/AIDS clinical research among communities disproportionately impacted by the virus. He holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Master in Social Work from Rutgers University.

Read his sermon, “We Journey Together.”



9:00     Registration/Light snacks and coffee

9:30     Welcome/Invocation/Worship

9:45     Keynote Address — Matthew Vines

10:30   Break

10:45   Workshops

Noon   Lunch

12:45   Film — Queers in the Kingdom

2:00    Break

2:15     Plenary — The Covenant Network Today

2:45    Closing Worship  — Bertram Johnson, preaching


Q&A with Matthew Vines
An opportunity for conversation with our keynote speaker.

Understanding Amendment 14-F
A close look at the Marriage Amendment under consideration by the presbyteries.

Staying at the Table
Empowering conversations within individual relationships, congregations, and presbytery around difficult topics.

Reconciliation: How to Heal Moving Forward
Pastoral care for congregations.

What Does It Mean for Youth
Youth panel on the future of the church.




This documentary examines the relationship of evangelical Christian culture and attitudes toward LGBTQ persons, focusing on the experience of students at Christian colleges.



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