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2018 NEXT Church National Gathering

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

202 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD

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The theme for the 2018 National Gathering is "The Desert in Bloom."

Sooner or later, our sacred stories -- individual and communal -- return to the desert. Jacob. Moses. Miriam. Hagar. Jesus. Sometimes we retreat there. Sometimes we are driven there against our will. Sometimes it is simply where we find ourselves. Regardless, we eventually dwell in that harsh and empty place where the line between life and death grows thin. However improbably, Scripture says that this is precisely the place where God’s promises begin to bloom. The prophet Isaiah wrote to a people in despair: “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom” (35:1).

At the 2018 NEXT Church National Gathering, we will ask how the church can embrace a wilderness identity in pursuit of the hope, resilience, clarity, and resurrection so often found there. We’ll bear witness to promises blooming in desert spaces -- from the corners of Baltimore City to wide open places to sprawling suburbs to coastal towns and every other space God calls us to be present. We’ll seek desert blossoms in our politics, our prayers, our pews, in each other and ourselves. We will embrace the wildernesses of our present moment, trusting with the prophet Isaiah that there we “shall see the glory of the Lord” (35:2).

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SCHOLARSHIPS

There is some funding available to seminarians and others in need of financial assistance for registration costs (for the National Gathering and post-gathering seminars) and a shared hotel room. To apply, please fill out this form. We will be awarding scholarships on a rolling basis and will let you know if you have received one (and how to register) on the first Friday of each month until we run out! If you have any questions about scholarships, please email sarahdianne1230@gmail.com. We are grateful to the Presbyterian Mission Agency for their sponsorship that allows us to offer these scholarships.



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Please visit our website for information on our hotel and how to make a reservation.




GATHERING ADD-ONS

This year, we're offering two new ways to connect with other National Gathering participants in Baltimore: conversation groups and post-Gathering seminars. Conversation groups are an opportunity to connect with other leaders serving in contexts similar to your own. Together, you will process what you are hearing and learning at the National Gathering and how it might relate to ministry in your context. Post-Gathering seminars are 24 hours of intensive seminars with experts and peers. Take an extra day and take the opportunity to add to what you ‘take home’ from the National Gathering. Please note you must sign up for conversation groups and post-Gathering seminars during registration.

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

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