January 28, 2016:    The One Project announced last week that the 2016 gathering in Seattle, scheduled for February 14 and 15 is fully booked. If you do not have a reservation, you will not be able to get in. Hundreds of Adventists from across North America and overseas will be joining a series of Bible studies from the Gospels on the week of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

The speakers include Dr. William Johnsson, the retired Bible scholar and former editor of the Adventist Review; Pastor Tara VinCross, director of the Adventist urban training and church planting ministry in Philadelphia; Pastor Karl Haffner, senior pastor of the Kettering (Ohio) Adventist Church; Pastor Raewyn Hankins, senior pastor of the Victorville (California) Adventist Church; and Pastor Matt Gamble, senior pastor of The Haven congregation in Elms Haven, California.

The Bible studies will work through all of the stories included in the New Testament record of Passion Week and focus on the application of these stories to the lives of believers in today’s world. There will be time for prayer and small group discussions around tables, as well as a concert by I Cantori choral group from Walla Walla University on Sunday evening.

Other speakers will include Bible scholars Dr. Zane Yi from the School of Religion at Loma Linda University and Dr. Paul Dybdahl from the School of Theology at Walla Walla University, and Pastor Iki Taimi from Genesis Church and the Gardena Community Adventist Church in California, Pastor Ofa Langi from the North Cascades Adventist Church in Burlington (Washington), Pastor Alex Bryan from the Walla Walla University Church, and Pastor Jennifer Scott, an Adventist minister currently directing children’s ministries for First United Methodist Church in Dallas. Also among the speakers will be Brandy Kirstein, a mother of young children and wife of Chaplain Brennan Kirstein at Southern Adventist University; Emily Poole, a writer and photographer who works for the alumni and advancement office at Walla Walla University; Macy McVay, a staff member for the School of Theology at Walla Walla University; Pastor Dilys Brooks, director of the Center for Women Clergy at Loma Linda University; and Chaplain Tim Gillespie, a liaison with religious leaders in the community for Loma Linda University and a chaplain at Azusa Pacific University, another Christian institution in southern California.

There will be child care for children up through three years of age at the gathering as well as special programs for children and youth. TOP Kids will provide activities for ages 4 through 12 and Generation One will provide discussion groups for ages 13 through 17.

In addition, an additional conference is scheduled for all day Tuesday, February 16. It will focus on conversation among leaders from around the world for a hopeful, faithful, constructive, creative and prophetic future for the Adventist Church. Separate registration may still be available for this event at The One Project web site.