Being “A Gentle Force for God” – 2010 African American Women’s Leadership Conference
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC – August 5-7, 2010, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will host “The Strong Black Woman – a Gentle Force for God,” the 2010 African American Women’s Leadership Conference. All African-American women in the church are welcome to attend this conference, whether clergy or lay persons, and it will involve plenary sessions and workshops, as well as worship and free time.
“We are very excited to be undertaking this project for the first time here at Lake Junaluska,” said Reverend Carl Arrington, Director of African American Ministries at Lake Junaluska. “The level of response and interest being shown are also exciting. We are looking forward to a successful and enriching conference.”
During the event, African-American female clergy and laity will gather to discuss life issues such as health, spirituality and family from a distinctively African-American female perspective. The participants will learn approaches to assist them in dealing with the relevant issues in their lives and the impact being grounded in their faith can have upon these issues.
Conference speakers include several powerful African-American women who have been influential in the church and other venues as African-American women. They include Reverend Telly L. Gadson of Sumter, SC; Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes of Durham, NC; Dr. Lydia Waters Hamilton of Dallas, TX; Reverend Dr. Alfreda Lynette Wiggins of Baltimore, MD; and the Reverend Dr. Sherry Daniels of Norfolk, VA. Each one of these powerful women has made strides for women and their communities in many different ways throughout their lives, and are continuing to do so.
These speakers will address important topics like unity in the body among clergywomen; claiming one’s role in the church as a leader, whether lay or clergy; being authentically feminine; addressing the Strong Black Woman archetype; creating better networks in order to identify trailblazers and successful African-American women in the church; and establishing networks and the sharing of resources.
More information about the conference, including speaker biographies, a detailed schedule, and registration information can be found at www.lakejunaluska.com/african-american-women, or by calling Pam Naplen at 828-454-6656. Register by June 12 and take advantage of the early registration fee of only $129. After June 12, the cost is $159.
Written by: Andie Robbins, Communications Intern