We have a new monthly meeting starting on Mar. 19. Every “third Monday,” Rev. Be Patterson will lead a Violent Loss Support Group from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church. In this facilitated group, participants are free to tell the story of their loss in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Please join us for a new workshop: “The Healing Arts of Storytelling & Listening.” By sharing our stories and listening to one another, we discover our shared humanity. Through this telling and listening, we can discover effective ways of creating connection, community, and caring for each other. We will each select a story from our experience, learn how writing helps in forming our telling, and practice supportive listening.
- Mary McGrath – Oracle Award Nominee, National Storytelling Network
- Rev. Judy Davis – Director of The Gathering
- Rev. Karene Piccolo – Conscious Community
- Saturday, March 24 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Bethany Presbyterian Church (Social Hall) – 5625 24th St., Sacramento 95822
- Suggested donation: $10 – $20 (includes materials), scholarships available
- Bring a sacked lunch (drinks & dessert provided)
- Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for moving exercises
- Pre-register: e-mail [email protected]
Former Gathering speaker Dr. Lisa R. Pruitt to be featured in documentary
“The Uncondemned” tells the story of a group of international lawyers – including former Gathering speaker Dr. Lisa R. Pruitt – and activists who fought to make rape a war crime, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify. Learn more about the documentary here.
There will be a FREE screening of the documentary THIS SATURDAY (JAN. 27) at 2 p.m., at Pacific-McGeorge Law School, Room E (3285 5th Ave., Sacramento) – click here for a campus map.
Q & A with Dr. Pruitt to follow!
Back in September 2017, we heard from four Japanese-Americans who were interned during WWII. One of these speakers was Reiko Nagumo, who was raised in Hollywood, CA and later relocated to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.
On Dec. 8, 1941, Reiko and her best friend, Mary Frances, were both in the third grade in Hollywood when Mary Frances’s mom said they could no longer play because Reiko was Japanese. In spite of this, the girls continued to be best friends and when Reiko returned from her internment in Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Mary Frances was the first to hug her on her first day back at school. Reiko lost track of Mary Frances and has told everyone that she has been searching for her friend for 70 plus years.
Eventually, someone heard of Reiko’s long search to find her friend and amazingly, Mary Frances was found in Virginia! Hear Reiko’s story and see her heartwarming reunion with Mary Frances on the series “We’ll Meet Again” on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. on PBS (channel 6 in the Sacramento Area).
All are invited to attend our quarterly storytelling evening on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Bethany Presbyterian Church when we will hear “Personal stories of hope and wonder.” A free Mexican-style meal, catered by one of the night’s speakers, will be served at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. we will hear from our storytellers. Music will be led by Peter Baird.
Learn more about our speakers:
- Rosa Martinez came to the United States from Mexico and started a food business. Rosa will be making our meal, which is sure to be delicious!
- Be Patterson is a hospice chaplain and serves on the Advisory Board for The Gathering.
- Bob Miller is a local artist who worked as the artistic director for KCRA Channel 3 for many years
- Nga Chau is a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She came to the United States from Vietnam and will tell her story of being rescued off a fishing boat.
All of our events are FREE and everyone is welcome.
We look forward to spending this uplifting evening with you all!
Friends of The Gathering,
During this season of Advent, I am feeling grateful for the blessings all of you have brought to the ministry of The Gathering. Throughout this past year we have continued to hear amazing stories from ordinary, remarkable people. We have been blessed with the stories of Middle Eastern refugees and Japanese Americans who experienced Internment during WWII. We have worshiped in Evensong services, written in workshops together, shared the creativity of artists, shared our thoughts in book studies, and had table fellowship while sharing delicious meals.
In 1995 I was in a class of Worship and Music at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Our last assignment was to find a familiar hymn tune and write new words. On the last day of class that December, we went into the chapel and together as a class sung every new hymn written by the members of that class. It was a glorious time of sharing. I wrote a Christmas hymn, written as a lullaby to Jesus, and I set it to a familiar tune for the hymn “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” (The tune Hyfrydol). I invite all of you if you would like, to write a new hymn to a familiar tune also. Then in the coming year, perhaps we can have our own songfest and share some of the creativity and inspiration rising up in our own community.
This Christmas of 2017 I send you my Christmas hymn from long ago that blessed my life that Christmas of 1995. Click here to read it.
Christmas blessings to all of you…we are so grateful to have you as a part of The Gathering.
– Rev. Judy Davis, Director
Write down all those holiday memories for sharing with family members–or simply for your own enjoyment–and join us on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Bethany Presbyterian Church (5625 24th St., Sacramento, 95822).
Rev. Judy Davis again leads this popular free workshop, which helps participants capture seasonal thoughts and ideas on paper, notebook, laptop … whatever you wish to use.
Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., followed by our workshop at 7 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Donations of canned goods for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet are gratefully accepted at the door.
Questions? E-mail [email protected].
Our monthly writing workshop will not meet in November.
Due to a scheduling conflict and Thanksgiving, “Writing Your Life Story” will not meet in November. We will reconvene in December.
Starting Nov. 8, we will begin “Weekly Writing Wednesday.” Every Wednesday, check our website or Facebook page for an idea to get you started writing. You can respond by commenting each week, or keep your writing private in your own journal at home. No matter how you express your thoughts, just remember that we all have a story to tell.
More than 50 works of original art and eclectic collections will be on view as The Gathering program presents a free Second Saturday show and reception Saturday, October 14, 5-8 p.m. in the Bethany Social Hall. The show will continue Sunday, October 15, from 12 noon-2 p.m. There is no cost to attend; free refreshments will be served. A donations basket to benefit the local food closet will be available. The show is all-ages friendly!
“The Stuff of Story–A Showing of Original Art and Favorite Things” will feature paintings, drawings, photography, textile art, mixed media, poetry and more … as well as cherished memorabilia and wacky collections. Three dozen Sacramento area residents have created and/or contributed entries for the non-juried show.
Questions? Want to help? Contact Cathy Sapunor.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, thus ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. Ultimately, approximately 120,000 people were forced to relocate to internment camps across the country. This included thousands of people from Sacramento County.
Join us on Sept. 13 for “Executive Order 9066: Where did my neighbor go?” when we will hear the stories of four Japanese-Americans who were interned.