“The Gathering” was founded in April, 2013 by Judy Davis as a project housed at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA and supported by Bethany. We offer an assortment of writing workshops, readers theater events, and storytelling presentations. Our activities are always free of charge. although we do encourage participants to bring a canned or packaged item for the local food closet. In October, 2013 we received grants from the Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Sacramento Presbytery to further support this project.
Each of our quarterly storytelling events has a theme, four people sharing a ten minute story from their life, and folk-singing. We also have presented Reader’s Theaters, led by Tim Sapunor, a storytelling workshop by Mary McGrath, and creative writing workshops with Judy Davis.
Each event included four storytellers with music led by Peter Baird and had the following themes.
- “Under the Stars”
- “Of Pain and Grace”
- “Out of the Wilderness”
- “Through Other Eyes”
- “Chill Out”
- “Close Calls”
- “Mysteries and Surprises”
- “Being Black in America”
- “Making a Difference”
- Stories of Middle Eastern Refugees
- Readers Theater: “Scripts at Sunset”
- Writing Workshop: “Pen, Path, and Presence”
- Storytelling Workshop: “What’s Your Story”
- Reader’s Theatre: “Stories on Stage”
- Writing Workshop: “Write Christmas.”