W/ National Gathering 2018

November 13 - 15, Denver

The W/ National Gathering brought together everyone in the collective for three days of connection, belonging, and transformation. Hosted by Denver Community Church, it was a time to dream, to rest, and to meet people who share your faith and passion. It was a space where we practiced being W/ one another in dialogue, in collaboration, in disagreement, in complexity, in hope, and in love.

This was not an ordinary gathering. W/ exists to hold connective space W/ you and to highlight your passions and projects. We curated spaces during this gathering to encourage the creation and life of new and existing connections. We also hosted conversations that challenged our perspective, expanded our courage, and piqued our curiosity. We highlighted the voices of everyone in the collective.

2018 Keynotes & Panels

We chose four topics to feature the projects and passions of W/. Each conversation started with a curated panel discussion of leaders from different voices, perspectives, and experiences. Then the panel opened to everyone. We wanted to hear everyone’s voice, perspective, and passion. Each topic was hosted by a leader who guided the discussion into a full group conversation that challenged each one of us to be truly W/ one another in discernment, hope, and love.

Keynote Speakers brought our topics together at the beginning and end of each day. Throughout the gathering we offered opportunities for self-care and spiritual practice led by artists, worship, and prayer leaders from around the nation.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Nadia Bolz-Weber

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Daniel White Hodge

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Michael Hidalgo

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Brit Barron

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Brian McLaren

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2018 Faith and Belonging Panel

Sarah Ngu

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Lenny Duncan

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Colby Martin

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Kate Christensen-Martin

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2018 Gender and Power Panel

Paula Stone Williams

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Tina Schermer Sellers

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Carla Ewert

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Isaac Archuleta

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2018 White Privilege and the Church Panel

Cleve V. Tinsley IV

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Mark Tidd

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Matthew H. Russell

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Daniel White Hodge

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Kerry Connelly

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2018 Intersectionality and Justice Panel

Mira Joyner

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Jennifer Jepsen

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Nicole Barnes

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Darren Calhoun

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2018 Artists & Speakers

During our full gatherings and throughout the day, we heard from faith leaders, organizations, and projects within the collective. Each one was unique, be it a podcast or a church or an art studio. They were all the creation of someone who sees themselves in the W/ narrative. W/ facilitates connection between those organizations in order to facilitate shared resources, projects, and collaborations. We want you and your passions, projects, and dreams to thrive W/ us too. The National Gathering was the perfect time to start making connections W/ with one another.

Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

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Jonathan Williams

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Rachael McClair

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The Many

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Torrina Harris

Paul Gibbs

Adam Phillips

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Ben Grace

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Heatherlyn

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Our 2018 Sponsors