• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    2018 National Conference for Women

    FEEL: Fully Exploring and Engaging in God’s Love
    Isaiah 11:1-9

    2018 National Conference for Women
    July 19-22, 2018
    (begins with dinner on Thursday and ends with morning worship on Sunday)

    Judson University
    Elgin, Illinois


    Explore the love that God has shown for you through Christ Jesus
    Engage in God’s love in the world

    Conference Highlights:
    • Small group time to grow relationships and support with your sisters in Christ
    • Inspiring Bible study and worship
    • Learning opportunities to increase your understanding and equip you for ministry in Christ’s name
    • Special opportunities for young adult women
    Check out the concurrent event for girls!  Girls who have completed 6th grade through seniors in high school are invited to join the National Gathering for Girls! The national leadership team of AB GIRLS has planned games, conversations, and activities that will help girls make new friends, grow closer to God through Jesus Christ, and gain new ideas and inspiration for daily life that they can take back home with them!

    Interested in the 2018 Intercultural Ethnic Women Conference hosted by ABHMS Intercultural Ministries? Download this flyer and contact Florence Li for more information. You can attend both events! Call Wendy in the AB Women’s Ministries office at (610) 768-2288 to discuss arrangements.

    Worried about mobility on campus? Golf cart rentals are available through Fairway Golf Carts at (847) 516-5464 (ask for Brian). You are responsible for contacting Fairway Golf Carts and making your own arrangements. Pricing depends on size and type of cart desired. Fairway will drop off and pick up carts at Judson University. Be sure to call early to secure your golf cart!

    Guest Leaders
    Facilitator and Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque
    Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque has been the lead pastor for the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois for over a decade.  Prior to this call she served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, as a university chaplain and she has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs.
         One of her most blessed endeavors was founding the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. As the founder and first executive director Jacque implemented training on the intersection of psychotherapy and faith for mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and local pastors.  The center is now 17 years old and remains a leader in the delivery of direct service hours to underserved communities in the greater Boston area. Click here to read full bio.

    Music Coordinator: Hornrette Washington
    Hornrette Washington began playing piano at an early age. Born to the late Reverend Richard and Inez Thomas she grew up learning the basics of church protocol and music ministry. She started an interdenominational children’s choir “The Starlets of Corona” and she has played and recorded with many gospel artists. She served as Minister of Music for the Antioch Baptist Church in Corona for 33 years, retiring in 2013. She continues to lead American Baptist regional meetings as a musician and worship leader in her area and still holds the position as Senior Musician and Director for the Corona–East Elmhurst Clergy Association. Hornrette has ministered at the International Christian Consultation on Prostitution (ICAP), and is faithful to American Baptist Women’s Ministries. Her travels have taken her throughout the United States, Nigeria, and Japan as she worked as worship leader engaging others to lift their voices in praise and worship to the Almighty.
    Hornrette always says that she is blessed to be a blessing.

    Special guests from Judson University!
    Our morning worship and devotional times on Friday and Saturday will be blessed by guest musicians from Judson University!
    On Friday morning, Holly Morgeson and Joy Kim will be providing vocal music with piano accompaniment. Holly Morgeson is a senior Music Business and Entrepreneurship major, and Hyounkyoung “Joy” Kim just received her Performance Certificate in Piano Performance this past semester from Judson. Joy is from South Korea and already has an advanced degree in piano; however, she is planning to continue her studies here in the United States in the future.

    On Saturday morning, Judson University’s Dr. Sojung Hong will be leading a piano ensemble. Korean-born pianist Sojung Lee Hong has appeared as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher, and church musician since her appointment in Judson University's music; these appearances have ranged from a solo recital at Seoul Arts Center, South Korea, to chamber music concerts in Mexico, Cambodia, and Peru. As Director of the Performance Certificate in Music program at Judson University, she organizes the annual scholarship benefit concerts and raises funds to support talented students’ education. For the Chicago community, she has helped to organize benefit concerts for the Sejong Cultural Society, the Global Children Foundation, and the Food for the Hungry International.

    Additionally, Friday morning’s worship will be coordinated by ABHMS Intercultural Ethnic Women Conference participants, and Saturday morning’s worship will be coordinated by American Baptist Women in Ministry. God is blessing this collaborative event!

    Featured Event: Table Conversations
    On Saturday afternoon, FEEL participants will be able to select from several table conversation topics to engage in informative and inspirational dialogue with other participants. Each table conversation will be facilitated by a leader or leaders with experience in the topic, but will also be times for sharing with and learning from fellow conversation participants. No pre-registration for topics is necessary. For biographies of table conversation facilitators, click here

    Topics include:

    Sacred Safe Space: Addressing Boundary Issues in Our Churches
    Sexual abuse and sexual harassment are issues that members of our congregations, women’s ministries, and girls’ ministries are facing in their home, work, and school lives—sometimes, even within the walls of our churches themselves. In this table conversation, you will be invited to discuss information and resources available for addressing these issues with integrity in our ministries. Led by Rev. Tamara Jackson and Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez.

    Communicating with Millennials and Generation Z
    When you talk with women and girls in a different age group, do you sometimes feel you’re speaking an unfamiliar language? Do you feel like you don’t “get” how young adult and youth communicate with one another now with technology and social media? In this table conversation, you’ll learn more about communication styles and how to be in relationship with members of other generations through meaningful conversation. Led by Rev. Yana J.C. Pagan and Deneen Ray.

    The Value of Story
    Becoming beloved community means getting to know one another. Getting to know one another sometimes means getting to know ourselves. We have a story, and we are called to share our story with others as well as listen intently to their stories. In this table conversation, we’ll talk about our own stories and hear one another’s stories, as well as reflect on the impact of sharing stories in regards to being in relationship. Led by Rev. Christine Smith and Rev. Dr. Sandra Hasenauer.

    Mental Health and Aging Parents
    We’re well aware of the physical ailments that may become part of an aging parent’s life, but are we as prepared for mental health issues that may develop as a parent deals with loss, illness, financial insecurity, or other circumstances? In this table conversation you will have the opportunity to share resources and experiences with others in the same situation. Facilitated by Rev. Angel L. Sullivan.

    Leadership: What Does it Look Like?
    Starting from case studies of common leadership issues in women's ministries, participants will discuss different approaches to leadership, personal leadership development, and helping to develop leadership in others. Our call to ministry in Christ's name often puts us into situations that provide opportunities for growth: learn more about the most effective ways to develop your God-given gifts for leadership! Facilitated by Rev. Charlie Darrington.

    Sharing God’s Love: Building Beloved Community
    Becoming beloved community doesn’t mean ignoring our differences, and it especially doesn’t mean being afraid each other because of our differences. Rather, it means understanding that God has created us in beautiful diversity and that, because God loves each one of us, we are called to show that same love to one another. In this table discussion, you will have the opportunity to discuss habits, attitudes, and tools to use to help build beloved community everywhere you go. Facilitated by Rev. Kathryn Johnson.

    Featured Event: A Journey towards a New Community
    Facilitated by Rev. Florence Li, Rev. Fela Barrueto, and Rev. Sarah Strosahl-Kagi, ABHMS Intercultural Ministries
    Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., this is an all-conference, intergenerational learning experience

    American Baptists have a rich heritage of cultural diversity, racial understanding and intentional inclusion of myriad voices in mission; yet, when it comes to true multicultural perspectives and behaviors, work remains to be done. We live and minister in a global society that is becoming increasingly splintered along the lines of age, ethnicity, social class, race, gender and language. As a people of faith, we have a biblical vision - a vision of a diverse and inclusive community gathered around the throne of God. Please come join us in a journey to retool and sharpen the skill of intercultural engagement, learn from the basic and venture out to life’s challenge meeting the biblical vision we seek to fulfill. We will be using materials from Dr. Darla K. Deardorff, an internationally known educator and researcher on intercultural competency development in Durham, N. Carolina; Dr. Kate Berardo, Head of Leadership Development, San Francisco, CA; and Rev. Dr. Eric Law, Director of Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

    Featured Event: Self-Defense and Sexual Assault Awareness Workshop
    Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Shannon and Bo Sisarica, Judson University (Click here for bios)

    Friday at 3:30: Self-Defense/Sexual Assault Awareness Workshop (Optional)
    During this intergenerational workshop, you will learn how to identify psychological abuse and how to identify codependence. You will also be learning how to identify, predict, decide, and execute method of response to a threat (IDPE), how to use chemical aerosols for defensive purposes, diversionary tactics, and you will explore issues around school or workplace violence. There will be time for Q&A. You will need to sign a waiver of release of liability to participate in the self-defense portions of the workshop. Waivers are available at the workshop for adults. Minors (under 18) will need to have a parent’s or guardian’s signature; waivers are sent in advance, so please bring them signed. You will not be able to participate in the self-defense portion without a signed waiver. 

    CEUs Available!
    Women who participate in both the Intercultural Ethnic Women's Conference and FEEL are eligible for 1 CEU. Those who participate in FEEL are eligible for 0.5 CEUs. 

    You choose: Stay on campus or stay in a nearby hotel!
    American Baptist Women's Ministries has three packages available based on your housing preference (each package includes your program registration fee):
    Campus Package
    $310 if postmarked before May 1; $335 after May 1
    • Housing in Lindner Tower, a recently renovated, air-conditioned dorm. Rooms include a pillow. blanket, set of sheets and a set of towels. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Lounges and kitchens on each floor make it a comfortable place to gather in the evenings with friends new and old!
    • Double and triple occupancy rooms are available. Triple occupancy rooms include a single bed and a set of bunk beds.
    • The Campus Package includes program fee, housing, and all meals (Thursday dinner; Friday and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast).
    • This is the most cost-effective option!

    Hotel Package
    $185 if postmarked before May 1; $210 after May 1
    • Receive Judson University special rates at hotels adjacent to campus! Click here for a list of hotels. You are responsible for making and paying your own hotel reservations.
      • Please note that the Country Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott has a complimentary shuttle service to the campus. Hampton Inn also has complimentary shuttle service available to campus with 24 hour advance notice.
      • Please note that the Country Inn and Suites and Hampton Inn include a complimentary hot breakfast; the Holiday Inn and Courtyard Marriott have restaurants on site. 
    • Hotel Package includes program fee, and five meals. (Thursday dinner, Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner). Breakfast is on your own. Hotel expense is yours.
    Commuter Package
    $145 if postmarked before May 1; $170 after May 1
    • Live within commuting distance of campus? Register for our Commuter Package! Because the purpose of the event is to build relationships, our commuter package includes the full event rather than single days—be a part of the community for the weekend!
    • Rate includes program fee and two meals: lunch on Friday, lunch on Saturday. Breakfast and dinner is on your own.
    Registration has been extended until July 6!

    Register online & pay by credit card: Click here to register and pay online using your credit card.

    Register by mail & pay by check/credit card: Click here to download and print the registration form. Send your completed registration form and credit card information or a check payable to AB Women's Ministries to: AB Women's Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482

    Cancellation Policy:  Refunds forfeit a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of AB Women’s Ministries. Written cancellation notice must be received by July 1, 2018. No refund notification requests will be honored after July 2nd. Written notice of cancellation may be emailed to info@abwministries.org, or mailed to AB Women’s Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.

    Transportation to Judson University
    1151 N. State St
    Elgin, IL 60123.
    Judson University is about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, just off Interstate 90 and State Route 31. O'Hare International Airport is an approximate 30-minute drive from campus, and the city of Elgin has three train depots (Big Timber, Chicago Street and National Street) for easy access to Union Station in Chicago.
    From the O’Hare International Airport –  O'Hare International Airport is an approximate 30-minute drive from campus. For a direct commute to the campus, schedule a shuttle pickup with  Go Airport Express or plan to take a taxi-- there are taxi stands at the lower level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal at the airport.  For other ways of transportation from O’Hare International Airport, please visit their website.

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