Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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“Standing Up, Speaking Up In Such a Time as This”

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14 (NIV)

July 26-29, 2018
Sheraton Westport Tower Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

Registration

Registration Is Not Yet Open

Registration will be $189 at the early discounted rate.  Includes lunch Friday and Saturday.

Hotel

Hotel Reservations

Sheraton Westport Tower hotel room cost is $119 per night and include up to two breakfast coupons. You can make your reservations now!

Scholarship

Gathering Scholarships

Can’t afford to attend?  Let us help.  Apply early for financial assistance.  Click here for the scholarship application form.

Student Presenters

Student Presenters

Student presenters give 20 minutes presentations, and receive free registration and hotel in return.  Application information is here.

Workshops

Workshop Applications

Workshop applications are now being accepted.  Click here for the presenter application form.

Gathering Gear

Gathering Gear

Choose from a selection of logo shirts, mugs, and bags.  Click here to visit the CFT CafePress store for a full selection.

Your Donations Welcome!

Scholarship Donations


Make a donation to our 2018 CFT Gathering scholarship fund.  Your help makes it possible for people who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend the Gathering.

Gathering Donations


Make a donation to our 2018 CFT Gathering general fund.  Your help pays for marketing materials, presentation and travel fees, and general expenses.

Location

Sheraton Westport Plaza HotelSheraton Westport Plaza Hotel

900 Westport PlazaMaryland Heights, St. Louis, MO 63146-3104

Hotel amenities:

  • Reduced room rate
  • Buffet breakfast included
  • In the Westport Plaza, offering many food, shopping, and entertainment choices
  • Free airport shuttle transportation
  • Indoor pool and fitness center

Click here to book your room today at our special discounted room rate of $119.00 (includes breakfast for up to two people).  Discount rate is available now through July 5, 2018, and applies to reservations from Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, August 2, 2018. After July 5, 2018, room prices go up significantly.

Scholarships and Registration

Early registration cost will be $189, and will include all programming and materials, plus lunch on Friday and Saturday. If you’re staying at the hotel, breakfast is included in your hotel room rate, so you won’t have to spend a lot of cash while you are at the gathering.

Like our Facebook page to be notified as soon as registration opens.

Scholarships will be available for those who need financial assistance in order to attend. Click here to access the scholarship application.  Scholarship applications are due May 15, 2018, but we are likely to begin distributions before that, so please apply as soon as possible for the best chance.

Gathering Gear

Get your 2018 CFT Gathering gear at our CafePress store now.  Each purchase supports the gathering scholarship fund.  Click here to view all the products and purchase. Click any of the images below to open a larger view.

2018 Gathering Gear
2018 Gathering Gear
2018 Gathering Gear
2018 Gathering Gear
2018 Gathering Gear

Now Accepting Workshop Applications

We are now welcoming presentation and workshop proposals for the 2018 Christian Feminism Today Gathering to be held in St. Louis, MO, July 26–29, 2016. Our Gathering theme is “Standing up, speaking up, in such a time as this,” meant to convey the importance of social justice activism in its many forms.

Although we are most interested in Gathering presentations and workshops centered around this theme, any presentation topic will be considered if it touches on issues important to Christian feminists and is deemed to be of interest to our attendees.

Each presentation or workshop will last 75 minutes. If your presentation idea doesn’t require this much time, please indicate this in your proposal and it may be considered as part of a larger session with two or three other presentations.

Click here to access a printable workshop application.

Now Accepting Student Presentation Proposals

We are now welcoming applications from students currently enrolled in colleges and universities to present their own work during the 2018 Christian Feminism Today Gathering in St. Louis, MO (The Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel), Thursday through Sunday, July 26–29, 2018.

This year’s Gathering theme is “Standing up, speaking up, in such a time as this,” meant to stress the importance of social justice
activism in the world today.  Although we are most interested in presentations centered around the theme, any presentation topic will be considered if it touches on issues of interest to our attendees.  Presentations will be 25 minutes, with five additional minutes reserved for questions and comments from the audience.

If your presentation is selected you will receive a full scholarship to the CFT Gathering, enabling you to attend all presentations and workshops, as well as a discounted hotel room rate.  In certain cases we may be able to assist with transportation costs for presenters coming from out of town.

Click here to access more information about becoming a student presenter.

Note on the NAACP Travel Advisory

Christian Feminism Today signed a contract to hold the 2018 Gathering at the Sheraton Westport Tower Hotel in St. Louis, MO, more than two months before the NAACP travel advisory was issued. After finding out about the advisory and holding in-depth discussions among members of the Christian Feminism Today Executive Council we decided to move ahead with our plans to hold the gathering in St. Louis.  In the words of council member Rev. Leslie Harrison:

“… being in St Louis will send a message. We must make it known that we are STANDING FOR JUSTICE IN ST. LOUIS for such a time as this! We must continue to pray for our conference, the attendees, our government and especially for our local, state and national leaders.”  

The 2018 CFT Gathering will feature presentations on all aspects of social justice, especially racial justice. CFT members, organizers of the conference, and the Sheraton Westport Tower hotel staff will do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of our conference attendees. Questions or comments may be sent to CFT’s central office using the form here.