Opening Worship


“Hesed: Receiving and Embodying the Loyal Kindness of God”


Ruth 1-4


Debbie Gish

Debbie Gish is a founding member of the intentional church community, Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last October.  She has brought her communal experience and insights to the service of the EP Gathering by leading workshops on congregational economic sharing (EP Gathering 2009) and hospitality in the home (EP Gathering 2011) as well as serving on the planning committee for the Neighbors Near and Far Gathering last year.  She is a member of the preaching and teaching team at Sojourners.  She and her husband Dale are the parents of Rebecca (8) and Annalise (4), and she works part-time as an adoption social worker.  She will be preaching the opening sermon at this year’s gathering, drawing on her experience of slowly journeying her entire adult life with the same people in the same place.