Speakers for Womankind 2016

Nadia Bolz-Weber


Our keynote speaker, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, promises to bring her passionate, irreverent, humorous and insightful perspective to a beautifully honest address about what it means to be a non-conformist Christian. Nadia is the founding pastor of The House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, where NPR says she preaches a “gospel of love to junkies, drag queens and outsiders.” A New York Times best-selling author for “Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint,” she writes about the church in her new memoir, “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

One of the premier preachers and speakers in the U.S., Rev. Becca Stevens will lead WomanKind’s worship service. Becca, featured in the PBS documentary “A Path Appears,” is an Episcopal priest, author and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, and who embody her #loveheals movement that proclaims love is the most powerful force for social change. Becca’s newest book, The Way of Tea and Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from Its Violent History, is fueling a worldwide movement to bring fair wages to women.

2016 Schedule and Workshops

Friday, February 26
6:00 p.m. Registration
Cocktail Reception and Book Signing
7:30 p.m. Friday Keynote: Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
9:00 p.m. Adjourn
Saturday, February 27
8:15 a.m. Registration, Coffee
9:00 a.m. Hymn Sing
9:30 a.m. Saturday Keynote: Nadia Bolz-Weber
11:00 a.m. Workshops, Session 1
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Book Signing
1:30 p.m. Workshops, Session 2
2:45 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Becca Stevens, Preacher
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

These workshops will be offered in the morning and the afternoon. Please select your preferences on the registration page when you indicate the registration you desire.

Gena Adams-Riley - Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation begun and practiced for any reason––to reduce stress, improve focus + attention, relieve insomnia, decrease pain––inevitably increases compassion. The contemplative practice Mindful-ness Meditation literally changes your brain––the brain circuitry established through Mindfulness is the same as compassion (let alone all the other amazing brain changes!) Gena leads you in Mindfulness Medi-tation, sending you equipped to practice on your own; with encouragement, you can do it. P. S. And, if changing your brain isn’t enough to get your attention: Gena was once mistaken for Nadia Bolz-Weber even though Gena is a foot shorter + her tattoos aren’t where you can see them!

Jill Baughan - Finding Joy (and Even Fun!) in Every Season of the Soul

Seasons of the soul have nothing to do with age, but rather your heart’s response to what’s happening in your life. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at summer as a season of abundance and celebration; at fall as a time of transition and change; at winter as a time of loss and hardship; and at spring as a time of new beginnings. Then we’ll have some fun discovering how God can love you (and how we can love each other) through each season. And since tools are useful, you’ll come away from our time together with some spe-cific things to do that can help you thrive in whatever season you’re experiencing right now. Laughter in-cluded. Tears a possibility. Joy guaranteed.

Nichole Flores - Cultivating Compassion for Immigrants and Refugees in a Challenging World

An assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Dr. Flores brings her research in applied ethics to the issues of immigration, human trafficking and refugees, with a focus on justice and the common good in plural socio-economic environments.

Tracy Radosevic - Making the Connection

Stories are perhaps the best tool for bridging gaps and cultivating compassion as they link us with other human beings in a powerful, visceral, relatable way. In this digital age of remote relationships our souls need more than ever to intentionally make eyeball-to-eyeball connections with other living, breathing people and learn, through our stories, that we have more in common with each other than we might think.

Becca Stevens - Transforming Brokenness into Compassion: The Journey through Forgiveness

In this workshop, we will share stories of healing that are full of hope, humor, humility and honesty. We will also talk about radical hospitality and the community of Thistle Farms where compassion is cultivated as wildly as thistiles in an open field.

Nicole Unice - Brave Enough to Fight

We cannot avoid conflict in our relationships with family members, friends, coworkers and strangers, but we can consider how the Holy Spirit strengthens us for conflict and allows us to engage with love, power, grace and compassion.

Janie Walker - Cultivating Compassion in the Local Community

Our responses to national disasters, such as Katrina and 9/11, help us to know that we have the capacity within us, regardless of our various differences, to truly listen, empathize, and reach out to one another in the spirit of compassion. For those who are seeking to cultivate this capacity to better influence the local community in which you live and work, we will explore practical disciplines for: creating a loving and for-giving environment for ourselves and others; offering care, protection and advocacy for the poor and vul-nerable; and resolving differences with a non-violent approach. Ultimately, we will seek to embrace our God-given creative capacity for compassion, which is the energy source by which we are fueled to do work of healing.

If you would prefer to register through regular mail, Please click this link to use our WK 2016 paper registration. Payment instructions are included.

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Dr. Nichole M. Flores (nicholemflores.com) Nichole Flores is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. She earned a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College, a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a A.B. from Smith College. Dr. Flores equips Christians and the broader public with a deeper understanding of the gifts, perspectives, […]

WomanKind 2016 Registration

WomanKind will be held in Richmond, Virginia on February 26 and 27, 2016. Registration will be open soon. We offer a single registration price of $ 85 for the day and a half until February 12. After February 12, the registration fee will be $100.  Registration fee is non-refundable. You may also attend only Friday or only Saturday under that single price. Friday includes a cocktail reception, keynote address and book signing. Saturday offers a light breakfast, second keynote, workshops, lunch and worship.

If you would prefer to register through regular mail, Please click this link to use our WK 2016 paper registration. Payment instructions are included.

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