St. James’s Episcopal Church announces WomanKind2018, an engaging, two-day women’s program scheduled February 23-24, 2018, hosted by and at St. James’s for attendees of any faith.
In a period of fracture and discord, both local and guest speakers contribute to this year’s poignant and timely theme, “Lift Up Your Hearts! The Transformative Power of Word and Table.” All are invited to participate as WomanKind2018 discusses what it means for all to be welcome at God’s table. Through deep and mutually respectful relationships, attendees will explore both the rituals and traditions of Holy Eucharist, Word and Table, and how connecting inclusively with each other and God equips us to live with faith, grace and compassion.
For more than a dozen years, St. James’s in Richmond has hosted WomanKind, creating a safe space for women to explore topics of faith in a supportive, encouraging environment. Although WomanKind is led in the Christian tradition, this event invites all participants of any faith to search within and with each other for a deeper understanding of what it means to lift up our hearts together, being transformed by communion with each other in our shared words and food. For the first time, WomanKind welcomes two keynote speakers instead of one, each highlighting dual liturgies of Word and Table.
Friday evening features Word offered by The Rev. Nichelle R. Guidry from Trinity United Church of Christ on the South side of Chicago, where Guidry currently serves as the Liaison to Worship and Arts Ministries in the Office of the Senior Pastor. She is the creator of shepreaches, a virtual community and professional development organization that aspires to uplift African-American millennial women in ministry. Guidry is author of Curating a World: Sermonic Words from a Young Woman Who Preaches, and was listed as one of “12 New Faces of Black Leadership” in TIME Magazine (January 2015).
Saturday morning’s keynote delivered by Sara Miles brings attendees directly to Table. Miles is an author whose books include Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion; Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead, and City of God: Faith in the Streets. She served as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco for ten years, and is the founder and director of The Food Pantry. Sara speaks, preaches, teaches and leads workshops around the world. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and on National Public Radio.
Another first for WomanKind, more Saturday workshop leaders than ever offer attendees a spectrum of topics to intimately share in context of Word and Table. WomanKind2018 will be the most inclusive and diverse to date. Half the leaders represent minorities and multiple workshops will honestly confront racial wounds and injustice, gracefully guided by groundbreaking leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
WomanKind2018 concludes with a celebration of Word and Table, led by Emily Scott, the founder of St. Lydia’s, a Dinner Church in New York City. Save the dates to join WomanKind2018, lift up your hearts and be transformed by the power of Word and Table.
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