Telling our Stories:
Breaking the Mold, Taking Risks, Paving the Way
October 23 4:00 p.m. till October 25 at noon, 2017
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
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.