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Best Western Plus Executive Inn 
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

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Karen Hotte, Executive Director 
Global Episcopal Mission Network 

The Rev. Shelley Denney, Conference Coordinator, event@gemn.org

Conference Fees: 
Please Note: Fees do not include flights or airport transfers.  Each participant will receive room, meals, three plenary sessions, four choices of workshops, a mission site visit in Seattle, a final interactive panel discussion, daily small group experience, daily worship opportunities, display tables on global mission topics, and many networking opportunities among those who are passionate about mission.
  • Early Bird Rates (before Apr 5):
    • $675 - Conference (Double room, meals)
    • $900 - Conference (Single room, meals)
    • $450 - Conference & Meals
    • $225 - Conference Only
  • Conference Rates (Apr 5 - 24)
    • $725 - Conference (Double room, meals)
    • $950 - Conference (Single room, meals)
    • $500 - Conference & Meals
    • $225 - Conference Only
  • Formation Program - Thu, May 29 - 9am-3pm (Fee includes extra night Wed, May 28, breakfast & lunch on Thursday.  Non-commuting participants should plan to arrive in Seattle on Wed, May 28).
  • $225 - Incl Double Rm (Wed, May 28), 2 Meals
  • $300 - Incl. Single Rm (Wed, May 28), 2 Meals
  • $150 - Commuter Rate, 2 Meals
  • Train the Trainer - Wed, May 28 - 3-6 pm (Fee includes extra night Wed, May 28 & dinner with group on Wed night.  Please note that Thursday breakfast and lunch are not included. Participants should plan to arrive in Seattle by mid-day on Wed, May 28).
  • $225 - Incl Double Rm (Wed, May 28), 2 Meal
  • $300 - Incl. Single Rm (Wed, May 28), 2 Meal
  • $150 - Commuter Rate, 2 Meals

Extra Night - If your travel plans require you to stay Tuesday night, you may reserve this at the time of registration. Please note that meals are not included

  • $75 - Double Rm (Tue, May 27)
  • $150 - Single Rm (Tue, May 27)
NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER April 24  (There are limited single rooms available, first come, first served).   NO REFUNDS can be extended after April 24.  Full payment must be received by April 24 in order to complete your registration.

Conference Schedule

  • Wed - May 28
    • Arrivals for those participating in the Formation Program for Global Mission Agents and the Train the Trainer Programs
    • 3-6    Train the Trainer Program
  • Thu - May 29
    • Arrivals for Conference Attendees
    • 9-3    Formation Program
    • 2       Conference Registration
    • 4       Conference Opens - First Plenary: Eric Law
    • 6       Dinner
    • 7:30  Small Groups
    • 9:30  Compline
  • Fri - May 30
    • 7:30   Morning Prayer
    • 8        Breakfast
    • 9        Workshops
    • 11:15 Small Groups
    • 12:30 Lunch
    • 1:30   Plenary Session: Bishop Mark MacDonald
    • 3:30   GEMN Annual Meeting
    • 5:30   Networking / Social Time
    • 6:30   Dinner & Speaker: Brian Sellers-Petersen
    • 8        Compline
  • Sat - May 31
    • 7:30   Morning Prayer
    •        Breakfast
    • 9        Workshops
    • 11:15 Small Groups
    • 12:30 Lunch
    • 1:30   Site Visits
    • 6        Reception
    • 7        Final Banquet
  • Sun - June 1      
    • 8        Breakfast
    • 9        Final Small Group Session
    • 10      Final Plenary Session: Panel Discussion
    • 12      Lunch
    • 1        Closing Eucharist
    • 2:30   Departures
Exploring Support: 
It has been our experience that there are frequently opportunities for scholarships or support available from your local parish, deanery, bishop or diocese.  These groups are often eager to help people attend a conference that will add to their skills and passion for mission. We encourage you to seek out these sources of funding because, in addition to your own participation, it will raise awareness of your level of commitment to bringing mission to your local area and allow others to engage as well.

Join us in Seattle for our 2014 GEMN Global Mission Conference!

Are you interested in a broader conversation about what global mission looks like in our changing world?  Do you have ideas to share?  Do you want to hear about many different initiatives, tools, and widening opportunities for mission?  GEMN's 2014 Global Mission Conference will be in Seattle, WA - May 29-Jun 1, 2014.  The conference title is "Mission Horizons: New Directions in a Changing World", and themes include the Pacific Rim; Indigenous Mission; Interfaith & Cross-Cultural Aspects; Spirituality of Mission; Microcredit; & Building Relationship. We hope that you will join us in Seattle!

Registration is open for commuters or for those who would like to book the hotel directly at our discounted rates.  Registration closes May 18.  Best Western Plus Executive Inn Seattle - Phone: 206/448-9444


  • Global Mission Workshops, Presentations, and Displays 
  • Opportunities to Network with Others Working in Global Mission Around the World
  • Pacific Rim Mission: Asia and the Philippines
  • Indigenous Mission: Native Americans, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous Peoples
  • Interfaith Initiatives & Cross-Cultural Aspects of Mission
  • International Mission at Home; Spirituality in Mission; Tools for Mission: Micro-credit and More
  • Engaging in Mission with Fewer Resources and Building Face-to-Face Relationships
  • New: Train the Trainer Program
  • Formation Program for Global Mission Agents
  • Opportunities to Visit Local Working Mission Sites and Connect with Mission Partners from Around the World

Keynote Speakers:

Our plenary speakers include The Rev. Eric Law, founder of Kaleidoscope Institute, which seeks to develop competent leadership in a diverse, changing world.  He will address the future of mission ministry with sustainability as a key aspect.

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, will welcome us, join our panel discussion, and celebrate Holy Eucharist on Sunday.

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald became the Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in 2007, after serving as bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska for ten years.  Bishop Mark will speak on the question of how our approach to mission is changing, and needs to change, in a changing world. 

Brian Sellers-Petersen, Director of Church Engagement Programs for Episcopal Relief & Development, will share his unique perspective on global mission in the Episcopal Church, with interesting new initiatives. 

Formation Program for Global Mission Agents:

Our flagship GEMN Formation Program consists of two half-day sessions over a two-year period, held in conjunction with our annual GEMN Global Mission Conferences. In addition to attending two Global Mission Conferences, students will explore mission theology, history, discernment, short-term mission themes, and project development. Participants are required to complete reading, fieldwork assignments, and a mission report, receiving certification as Global Mission Agents upon completion of the program.  See our GEMN Formation Program Page for more information. The Formation Program will be held this year on Thursday, May 29 from 9am to 3pm, prior to the start of the conference. Gini Peterson, instructor.

Train the Trainer Program:

Conference 2013New this year is our Train the Trainer Program for graduates of the Formation Program.  Would you like to extend mission leadership training to your church, deanery, diocese or mission organization?  This is your opportunity to become a certified trainer for the GEMN Formation Program for Global Mission Agents.  The GEMN Formation Program was launched in 2003 as a discernment and training tool for mission, focusing on personal spirituality and discernment, fieldwork and readings.  Previously offered only to participants at our annual GEMN Mission Conference, it is now being expanded to reach to diocesan and local mission groups.  Those interested in being a trainer should be graduates of the Formation (or Certificate) Program, have a desire to guide others on their individual journeys, and a willingness to present trainings.  The Train the Trainer Program will be held on Wednesday, May 28 from 3pm to 6pm, with a group dinner to follow.  Gini Peterson, Instructor.

Sightseeing in Seattle:

Seattle is a fascinating and historic coastal city with a vibrant and lively feel.  Our hotel, the Best Western Plus Executive Inn, is literally "in the shadow of the Space Needle".  Don't miss this chance to see the sights of Seattle, by extending your stay before or after the conference.

The Best Western will extend its conference rate of $147 per night (all taxes included) for two days before and two days after the conference.  You may contact the hotel directly to make these arrangements after registering for the conference.

If you can, this is a great opportunity to see one of the most beautiful cities in America.  The hotel is centrally located about one and a half blocks from the Space Needle in Seattle Center.  Transportation in the city is fast, modern, and easy to use.  Some good sites to check for information are www.SeattleAttractions.comwww.VisitSeattle.org, and www.spaceneedle.comFor a good map of the city, with suggested sites to visit, check this link: