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Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference

Forgiveness - Living in Grace

August 7-10, 2017

This year’s theme, Forgiveness - Living in Grace, will carry throughout the weekend of worship, workshops, professional training, and fellowship relating to the second half of life. Designed for individuals, couples, small groups or church leaders. Sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, it is an experience of inspiration and renewal.


Tammy McDowell, Assistant Director of Programming

Dr. John Ed Mathison (Conference Preacher) is a retired United Methodist clergy, holds degrees from Huntingdon College, Candler School of Theology, Princeton University and honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary and Birmingham Southern College.  He was “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006. Before retiring in 2008, he served 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL; during his tenure the church grew from a membership of 400 members to more than 8,800.

Dr. Everett Worthington (Platform Speaker) is internationally known for his research on how to forgive, not just others but also ourselves.  He became interested in forgiveness through his practice in couple counseling, and began conducting research on forgiveness in 1990. He has published over 35 books and over 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, positive psychology, marriage, religion and spirituality. Currently, he works as a Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Patricia Suggs (Professional Track) Dr. Suggs received a Master's in Education and a Ph.D. in Family Relations with a special focus in Social Gerontology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She works with leaders in business, health and religious institutions. Her passion lies in working to transform conflict into healthy interactions. She runs teleclasses and trainings in the area of 'whole-istic' leadership, team-buildiing, communication skills and conflict/reconciliation issues.