The women’s conference will be using “unconference” principles throughout the event, including dialogue and conversational groups for Bible study and topical discussion. It will be inclusive of young adult women and older women. Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray of McCray Consulting will be facilitating Bible study dialogue and table conversations, and worship experiences will be led by the members of the intergenerational planning team with music coordinated by Valeria Foster, Gospel Choir Director at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. In addition to the conference programming, young adult women will also have opportunities to gather together for fellowship and learning. A semi-formal banquet celebrating the 65th anniversary of American Baptist Women’s Ministries will be on Saturday evening, and will include recognition of former presidents and executive directors of the organization and highlights from the history of the ministry.
The women’s conference, including components for young adult women, begins Thursday, July 21, with evening worship, and ends Sunday, July 24, with morning worship. From Sunday evening, July 24, through Tuesday evening, July 26, there are four optional seminars for women, focused upon such topics as hunger and advocacy, leadership capacity development, Baptist-Muslim dialogue, and women in professional church vocations.
The conference for girls who have completed grade 6 through seniors in high school begins on Thursday, July 21, with evening worship, and concludes Tuesday, July 26th, with evening worship. Participants in the girls’ event will join with the women’s conference in worship and conversation in significant ways through the weekend, as well as having their own times of worship and learning planned by the national leadership team of AB GIRLS. A highlight of the girls’ conference is two days of hands-on mission in the Washington D.C. area.
For information on each event, visit www.abwministries.org. Registration will be open in mid-January, 2016.
American Baptist Women’s Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry with a commitment to encourage and empower women and girls to serve God.
American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.