Telling our Stories:
Breaking the Mold, Taking Risks, Paving the Way


October 23 4:00 p.m. till October 25 at noon, 2017

Sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary’s Women in Ministry Initiative of the Center for Theology, Women and Gender



In the church and in entrepreneurial ministries, in the workplace, at home, and in centers of power all over, the experience of being a woman is both a joy and a struggle. We gather to share our stories of ministry, to cultivate new strategies for ministry, to support and celebrate women in leadership at all levels, both lay and ordained.

Connect with women in diverse ministries from around the world, raise your voice in solidarity with all women struggling to find a voice in society today, respond anew to God’s call to all people to minister in Christ’s name.

Come to be refreshed, come to be empowered, come to address the injustices and celebrate the successes of women in church and society.

Who is this conference for?

Women from a variety of denominations in both lay and ordained ministries who serve God and others, from pastors to civil servants, from Christian educators to workers in non-profits, from chaplains to teachers, from artists to social justice advocates, from church officers to congregation members, all are welcome.


Keynote Speaker | Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon is the first African American woman ordained in what is now the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her work focuses in the areas of Christian ethics, womanist theology, and women in religion and society. She has lectured nationally on theological and ethical topics and is the author or editor of numerous articles and seven books, including Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community and Black Womanist Ethics.

Keynote address: Thinking with our Hearts/Feeling with our Brains: Testimonies of Faith that History Might Otherwise Forget


Workshop leaders in diverse ministries representing different cross-cultural, racial-ethnic, age, and denominational perspectives present 12 engaging workshops:

  • Explore theological foundations for regenerative agriculture (held at the PTS Farminary)
  • Learn best practices in interfaith work
  • Experience restorative spiritual practices for 21st-century life
  • Navigate the joys and difficulties of ministry in the small church
  • Understand ministry challenges and opportunities in government contexts
  • Learn about Addiction, Prevention, and Recovery
  • Appreciate the connection between ministry and the arts
  • Address social justice challenges
  • Understand how congregational leaders influence cultural and demographic shifts
  • Develop an effective company of pastors in light of racial and cultural divides
  • Explore healthcare ministry

Learn more about the Workshops & Leaders


Faith of Our Mothers, Faith for our Future is our conference worship theme. We welcome alumni preachers Reverend Julie Hoplamazian, pastor of the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Luke in Brooklyn, NY, and Sister Miriam Therese Winter, Medical Mission Sister (RC), musician, Professor of Spirituality at Hartford Seminary. Worship is designed by Rev. Gretchen Sausville in conjunction with Dr. Martin Tel and the greater PTS community. Music and liturgy will encompass many worshipping traditions, and the premier of the newly commissioned hymn, “Faith of our Mothers, Living Still,” by Mary Louise Bringle and Sally Ann Morris.


Our conference is bookended by creative worship, opening with the theme Faith of our Mothers and closing with Faith of our Future. An inspiring keynote by groundbreaking Dr. Katie Cannon, first African American woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), interactive workshops, creative collaboration opportunities, informal meet-ups and receptions, ministry context clusters, marketplace of ideas and projects, and sharing and connecting via social media, will all be featured. Self-care opportunities include fellowship, networking, devotions, and renewal practices.


Monday, October 23

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Registration

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Opening Worship

5:15 p.m. | Dinner with Dedication and Unveiling of Muriel Jennings Portrait (First Woman Graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary)

7:15 p.m. | Keynote with Dr. Katie Cannon

8:30 p.m. | Reception

Tuesday, October 24

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast

9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Announcements

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Panel and Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Interactive Workshop A

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. | Lunch

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. | Special Interest Groups

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Interactive Workshop B

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Marketplace of Ideas and Projects

6:00 p.m. | Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Interactive Workshop C

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Closing Worship

Cost & Registration

$225 which includes: all conference events, including worship, keynote address, workshops, marketplace of ideas and projects, and interest groups, a complimentary copy of the hardback book by Evans and Sakenfeld, Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still, four meals (one dinner, one lunch, two breakfasts), and one reception.

*Registration Deadline: October 13

Child care available (see registration form, child care needs must be recorded by October 1)

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Sunday, October 1, by emailing WomenInMinistryConference@ptsem.eduA good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

Register Today! 


The Erdman Center

Princeton Theological Seminary’s Erdman Center is an ideal space for conferences, retreats and meetings. Located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary and in easy walking distance to downtown Princeton, this facility offers meeting space, hospitality services and overnight accommodations.


The guest rooms in the Erdman Center offer comfort and convenience. Lounge areas, located on the first and third floors, allow guests to gather in an informal setting for fellowship. The lounge on the third floor has a television, and is equipped with a coffee station, microwave and refrigerator for our guests’ convenience.

The Erdman Center has fifty-nine guest rooms, six of the rooms are disability accessible. There are a variety of room types (twin bed with private bath, twin bed with shared bath, double, queen and king beds with private bath). Guests may check-in anytime after 3:30 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 am.

Please call (609) 497-7990 or toll free (800) 622-6767 ext. 7990 to make a reservation. You may also make a room reservation online at the link below.

Reserve a Room Online

*Update (8/10/17): The Erdman Center is now full for this event.  However, a block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn for those still seeking accommodations (transportation not provided). For more information or to book a room, please use the contact information below.

Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
Address: 3499 Route 1 Routh, Princeton, NJ, 08540 (3.6 miles from PTS)
Phone: (609) 452-2500
Rate: $82/night
Block Name: PTS WIM Conference



Amy Ehlin, Director of Hospitality
Contact Director of Hospitality

The Erdman Center
Princeton Theological Seminary
20 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-497-0709 FAX




Join us on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, a short walk from downtown Princeton. Lodging is available both on and off campus. The conference will open and close with worship at the historic Princeton Seminary Miller Chapel.

Princeton Theological Seminary is located roughly midway between New York and Philadelphia.

The Erdman Center
Princeton Theological Seminary
20 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

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