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WomanKind 2014

St. James’s Episcopal Church to host sixth bi-annual ‘WomanKind’ event for all faiths, exploring themes of vulnerability and authenticity. Complete details at the website or Facebook page.

St. James’s Episcopal Church will host its sixth bi-annual WomanKind event on February 7-8, 2014. This event traditionally attracts hundreds of women from Richmond and beyond who seek to explore and relate the mysteries of faith to everyday life. The theme of WomanKind 2014 is Truth and Dare: Discovering the Freedom of Authenticity and the Beauty of Imperfection. Attendees may come Friday only ($55), Saturday only ($85) or the whole weekend ($100). If you will be with us Saturday, see list below.

Online registration closed on February 4 at 5:00 p.m. We will accept walk-ins starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, Just send your information to and let us know your intention. You may pay at the door by check payable to “ECW WomanKind.”

Read here about out WomanKindness outreach for Hilliard House.


Friday, February 7

6:00 p.m.          Registration
Cocktail Reception and Book Signing

7:30 p.m.          Glennon Doyle Melton, author and Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

9:00 p.m.          Adjourn

Saturday, February 8

8:15 a.m.           Registration, Coffee

9:00 a.m.          Hymn Sing

Panel: Nora Gallagher, Glennon Doyle Melton, Marie Monville

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
The Right Reverend Susan Ellyn Goff, Bishop Suffragan of Virginia, Preacher

4:30 p.m.        Adjourn

WomanKind workshops on Saturday happen in the morning and repeat in the afternoon. You will have a chance to attend two.

Saturday Workshops

Nora Gallagher – Faith and the Practice of Writing

Many of us have skewed ideas about how to write. Well-meaning professors who were not writers taught outlines, the three-point essay, and “ transition” sentences. Add church lingo and religious clichés and you’ve got writing that often ends up solipsistic or, worse, dishonest. This workshop puts many writing doctrines aside and replaces them with different, more active and alive methods of discovering voice. In addition, participants may find that faith can be clarified or revived by the practice of good writing.

Rt. Rev. Susan Goff – Women, Art, and Spirit

The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff is a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and an artist. The work of many women artists today and throughout history is at once highly personal and deeply communal.  Participants will explore the connection between women’s art and women’s spirit, viewing and discussing the work of women artists, some well-known, some unknown.

Marie Monville – Choosing to Live Loved

God is love.  His love embraces us, covers us and propels us into the plans he has for our lives.  As we yield our heart to him we find freedom—freedom from the weight of everything that endeavors to hold us down and restrict us from feeling worthy of this life-altering love.   Come face-to-face with the One who made you, the One who calls you beautiful; the One who writes destiny beyond your wildest dreams!

Rev. Melanie Mullen – Crossing Desire-lines Creating Space for Paraliturgy

How can we use familiar elements of worship to create holy space in new ways – accessible to even marginal and unchurched peoples? Explore hands on media to make small bridges to the divine.

Rev. Caroline Parkinson – Transitions: Moments of change in our lives

While we are always changing, there are certain times in our lives when change has more impact than others. We notice the transitions in our lives and the lives of those we love when they seem to define us for that moment whether it be marriage or divorce; a life threatening or incapacitating illness; the death of a parent or child or spouse; retirement or a move. We will explore some of these transitions and what we learn from them, where we seek support and comfort in the midst of them and how they inform our spiritual journey.

Patience Salgado – The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Kindness

Join Patience as she shares her story of how living a life of intentional kindness in the everyday sparked a movement of change that reached far beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Discover the difference between being kind and being nice, and how choosing to move with purpose into your everyday world can open the door to a secret source of personal power that makes all the difference.  Kindness worker Patience Salgado shares how she gave up being nice for being real and how authenticity paves the way for the kinds of conversations that create possibilities for a bold, new world.

Katherine Wintsch – Ending the Internal Mommy Wars

The media loves to write about the “mommy wars”, but unfortunately as mothers we’re more likely to be at war with ourselves than other mothers.   Based on global research conducted in 17 countries, Katherine will share tips and tricks for how to quiet the voices in our heads and finally come to the conclusion that we are indeed GOOD ENOUGH.

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