Last February I was lucky enough to get to participate in the Emergent Theological Conversation on the East Coast.¬† During that time I connected with a number of fantastic women who had some amazing stories to tell:¬† stories that were exciting (about how God was moving in their community) and stories that were, frankly, sad (about how people were not supportive of their compassions and callings).¬† But it was a quick conference, with little time to figure out where to go from there – how are we called to support each other as women in ministry?
I connected with a few women from my area, and we’ve been meeting regularly to plan a space, a space to Converge – with our stories, our journeys, our leadings, our art, our talent, our dreams, our worship.¬† And so January 26th-28th a group of women will be gathering at Edgefield Manor in Troutdale, OR to do just that.¬† It’s called Convergence because we hope that the women will bring elements of their selves to the time, rather than simply consuming a message from a speaker.¬† (And, no, Convergent Quakers, I had nothing to do with the name, although I did giggle a lot when it was decided upon).
You wanna come?¬† I’m going:¬† you know you wanna.¬† It’s affordable; it’s at a supercool location; it’s with rockin’ women; it’s time and space to converse and reflect – sweet!
Some folks might say, “But I’m not a member of an emerging church!”¬† Well, neither am I.¬† But some of the ways I feel called towards moving in ministry don’t necessarily fit into the typical traditional church box.
Others might say, “But I’m not a leader!”¬† Enh:¬† I don’t buy that.¬† We all lead in our own spheres of influence, and no matter if it’s on a national level or a superduper local level, it’s leading all the same.¬† It might not look like a pastor/teacher, but you know what?¬† There’s a couple of other job descriptions that the Bible lists out, and leading is going to look different in each realm.
And then there’s the “But I don’t have anything to offer!”¬† Have you lived life?¬† Do you have a life story to tell?¬† Do you interact with people?¬† Do you want to worship God in your current place in life?¬† Do you want to follow Christ?¬† You have something to offer.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.¬† Or better yet, just register, and then we can chat sometime.¬† You know you wanna.¬† ðŸ™‚