Thursday, October 18, 2018

Regional Events

In addition to EEWC-CFT national conferences every two years, our organization has local chapters that meet on a regular basis. EEWC-CFT members and chapters in neighboring states sometimes join together to present regional events as well.

Past CFT regional events have included:

• The 2017 Midwest Christian Feminism Today Retreat was held May 20 and 21, 2017 at the Lindenwood Retreat Center in Donaldson, Indiana.  We gathered to enjoy fellowship, worship, and learning based on the scripture: “If you’re discontented, find contentment in the presence of the various images of nature.” Gospel of Mary 8:9-10.

• Grand Rapids, Michigan members hosted Rev. Katherine Baker
On Monday, June 29, 2015, Michigan CFT members hosted a potluck and conversation facilitated by the Rev. Katherine Baker on feminist and womanist theology.  Read more here.

• 2015 CFT Midwest Retreat

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“O my soul! Return and relax. Come to your true rest…”
Psalm 116:7 (The Voice)

The 2015 Midwest Christian Feminism Today Retreat was held May 16 and 17, 2015 at the
Lindenwood Retreat Center in Donaldson, Indiana.

We came together to enjoy fellowship, worship, and learning.  Our theme was based on Psalm 116:7, and we discussed and practiced various forms of centering, healing, and relaxation techniques including: walking, drawing, and mindfulness meditation, breath work, lectio divina, yoga, and labyrinth walking.

• The Southern California Chapter sponsored An Epiphany Party in January of 2015. We enjoyed tea and sandwiches and a wishful thinking gift exchange.

• The Southern California Chapter sponsored the event, “Presbyterians and Gay Ordination: Recent Changes and Continuing Culture Wars,” a conversation with Sonnie Swenston, Presbyterian Elder and commissioner to the 221st General Assembly PC(USA) in June 2014.

• The Indiana Chapter attended the Fringe Festival theater production of “Creation” on Friday, August 22nd.  EEWC-CFT member Casey O’Leary and her partner Jenni White were members of the cast.

• EEWC-CFT’s Indiana Chapter sponsored the “Risk of Pursuing Your Passion” panel discussion Spirit and Place on Thursday, November 7, 2014, at the First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis.

• The 2013 Midwest Regional Retreat was held at the Lindenwood Retreat Center in Donaldson, Indiana on September 28 and 29, 2013.

•The Southern California Chapter hosted “The Bible and the Border” event on April 20, 2013.

• EEWC-CFT’s Indiana chapter met on March 23 and shared in an afternoon of friends and fellowship.

• EEWC-CFT’s Southern California chapter held an Epiphany party on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

• The Southern California chapter of EEWC-CFT met to discuss The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. After the meeting—and the Chinese Chicken Salad—people stayed to watch the 65-minute video “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican.”

• The Indiana Chapter met for lunch and then attended a Theatre Non Nobis performance of the collaborate piece, “G-D” at Theatre on the Square. The play was a part of the 2012 Indy Fringe Festival.

•  The Indiana Chapter’s 2012 Spring Retreat was held at a beautiful facility just west of Indianapolis, The Retreat Campus.  Of course there was food, fun and fellowship!  The focus topic was an exploration of the feminine Divine.

•  Several Midwest EEWC-CFT Fall Retreats at the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center in Donaldson, Indiana.

•  The Chicago chapter’s interfaith feminist learning retreat, Enlarging our Horizons, Embracing our Sisters: Conversations among the Daughters of Abraham (March of 2011).

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On July 26, 2018, we were so excited because we finally got to start our conference in St. Louis. Feminists were flying high (you know, literally, in planes). We told people, “if you aren’t able to come in person this year, have no fear. Granted you’ll miss out on big egalitarian hugs, BUT we have a social media team ready to make you feel like you’re with us in spirit!”

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In the age of #Metoo and #Timesup, heart connections between women have become ever more vital. We need each other; we are created to crave connection. “In Such a Time as This,” let’s continue our Christian feminist collaboration to create the change we want to see in our world.