Philadelphia, PA Regional Conference

Saturday, February 7, 2015Chestnut Hill

The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

8855 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-8855



Marriage Matters:
Living into Marriage Equality

Mark Hostetter


Keynote speaker Mark Hostetter is Associate Pastor for Stewardship and Mission to the Corporate World at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, and director of the new Master of Arts in Religious Leadership and Administration program at New York Theological Seminary. He has broad experience in business, law, government, and service on non-profit boards, including as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Auburn Theological Seminary. Mark and his partner, Alex Habib, are the parents of three daughters.

Read his keynote address here.






Preacher Tricia Dykers Koenig has been the national organizer for the Covenant Network of Presbyterians since the fall of 2000, working on removing obstacles to ordination for LGBTQ Presbyterians and, more recently, on opening marriage to all. Prior to joining the CovNet staff she served on the Board of Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns/More Light Presbyterians.  Tricia and her partner, Mark Koenig, co-pastored congregations in Iowa and Ohio for 20 years, and are the parents of two sons.

Read her sermon, “Going to the Chapel.”





9:00 a.m.      Registration and Breakfast

10:00 a.m.    The Mission and Work of the Covenant Network — Brian Ellison

10:15 a.m.     Keynote Address — Mark Hostetter

11:00 a.m.     Fellowship Break

11:15 a.m.     Workshops

~ Scripture and Reformed Theology on Same-Sex Marriage — Brian Ellison
~ Organizing for the Amendment Vote in Your Presbytery — Tricia Dykers Koenig
~ Conversation with the Keynoter — Mark Hostetter

12:15 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.     Current Marriage Issues Before the Church — Tricia Dykers Koenig

1:15 p.m.      Panel Discussion on Living Into Marriage Equality — Cheryl Pyrch, moderating

2:30 p.m.     Closing Worship  — Tricia Dykers Koenig, preaching

3:15 p.m.     Farewell

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