Workshop Leaders for Womankind 2016

 Gena Adams-Riley

Gena Adams-Riley speaks on Mindfulness Meditation to all ages, from elementary school students and their parents to college students and St. James’s parishioners. As a workshop presenter, she will encourage you to connect with the stillness and silence already within you, freeing you from your mind to live awake in the moment trusting the process of life’s unfolding as you quietly watch, listen, wait and breathe. Episcopal priest, mother of two mindfulness-endurance-building boys and sober since 1991, Gena grew up in Vermont and landed in Richmond in 2008.

Jill Baughan

Author and speaker Jill Baughan will lead a workshop on Finding Joy (and Even Fun!) in Every Season of the Soul. No stranger to painful experiences, including the sudden death of her father and a long battle with infertility, Jill believes joy and sorrow walk hand-in-hand in everyone’s lives. She helps people unleash the power of play and see how it can be used to break down barriers, decrease stress, create community and cheer up someone in crisis. Author of “Born To Be Wild: Rediscover the Freedom of Fun,” Jill spent many years as an English instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nichole Flores

Dr. Nichole M. 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, and concerns of Latina/o populations in the United States. Her academic work draws connections between situations of human suffering—human trafficking, labor exploitation, and sexual abuse—and the rich theological traditions that inspire resistance to social injustice. Dr. Flores is a blogger for Catholic Moral Theology and she has published articles for the Washington Post On Faith Blog and America Magazine. In 2015, Dr. Flores was honored with the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for New Scholars from the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Circle of Change Award from Building Bridges for contributions to positive social transformation.

Tracy Radosevic

Tracy Radosevic is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, whose favorite stories come from the Bible. Her interactive workshop will bring the Bible to life and captivate the audience, involving them into the story she is telling. Tracy has a knack for moving people out of themselves to the bigger picture. An educator and facilitator, she has traveled the U.S. and to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of narrative.

Nicole Unice

Part bible teacher, part community organizer, part busy mom — Nicole Unice has the uncanny ability to relate to people in all ages and stages of life with her “keeping it real” approach to ordering a life around God’s work. Ministry Director at Hope Church and author of “Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free,” Nicole will speak about how 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

After working in several different areas of ministry including community development, pastoral care, prayer and counseling, Rev. Janie Walker now serves as the Interim Pastoral Director at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community whose mission is to seek God’s healing of Metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation and spiritual development. A mother and grandmother with a desire to see healing and wholeness in people and religious institutions, Janie’s workshop will speak to compassion in the community.

2016 Schedule and Workshops

WomanKind was founded by women to give women a safe space to explore topics of faith in a supportive, encouraging environment. To preserve the special experience of WomanKind, the events on February 26 & 27 are open to women only.

 Men are invited to a special Forum with Becca Stevens on the Sunday following WomanKind. This forum is free and open to all men, with no advance registration required.

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
Sunday, February 28
10:15 a.m. WomanKind for Men: Raising Our Sons to Be Advocates
and Cultivating a Community of Men to Stand with Survivors

** 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 Meditation, 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 specific things to do that can help you thrive in whatever season you’re experiencing right now. Laughter included. Tears a possibility. Joy guaranteed.

Nichole Flores - Picturing Compassion: Engaging Migration through Social Media

This workshop engages the perils and promise of cultivating compassion in our social media-saturated generation. As a group, we will draw on our personal experiences of encountering suffering refugees and immigrants through social media. We will then identify strategies for connecting head and heart—intellect and emotion—in pursuit of meaningful solidarity with refugees and immigrants today.

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 thistles 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 vulnerable; 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.

Becca Stevens - WomanKind for Men: Raising our Sons to be Advocates and Cultivating a Community of Men to Stand with Survivors

Guys, this Forum is just for you! On Sunday, February 28 at 10:15 a.m. in the Parkinson Room, spend a few minutes in this special workshop with renowned speaker, Becca Stevens, an Episcopal Priest and founder of Thistle Farms, a recovery program for women with histories of prostitution and addiction. In these women’s stories lie seeds of compassion and support for all women. Hear Becca share how you can be an advocate for your partners, daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, and colleagues. Deepen your understanding and be inspired in this forum for men who love and support women, brought to you through the WomanKind 2016 event.

You can read the biographies of each of our workshop leaders here.

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