2018 Women’s Ministries Conference September 22 at Procter Center

Diocesan Women’s Ministries and Episcopal Church Women have joined with the Episcopal Church’s commitment to the Becoming Beloved Community initiative and are excited to present, “Becoming Beloved Community & Beloved: Healing from Violence Related Trauma,” as the 2018 Women’s Ministries Conference. This conference is the first event in a series of teachings on the discernment and application of Becoming Beloved Community in our diocese, and will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Procter Center. The conference is not just for women – it’s open to anyone in the diocese. 

What is Beloved Community? According to The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, Beloved Community is “A community dedicated to the dream of dignity and abundant life for all, where people see themselves and others as beloved children of God,” and “where the good of all is the quest of each” (Clarence Skinner). “It is the body within which we grow to love God, love our neighbors, love ourselves and love creation.” 

Although justice is an important component in becoming beloved community, the foundation is Jesus’ Way of Love as revealed in the Jesus Movement. This movement is the ongoing community of people centered on Jesus who follow him into loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the Earth. Centering on Jesus and drawing close to God’s heart gives us the power to change each of our lives and to change the world. 

For the Beloved Community Conference, Women’s Ministries/ECW has invited Heidi Kim, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff and member of the task force that developed the Becoming Beloved Community initiative, to lead three sessions for the day. As Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church, Heidi has extensive experience in reconciliation work. She will introduce BBC and its four quadrants and lead two workshops on the application of BBC to our specific contexts. 

At the 2017 Women’s Ministries Conference, we learned that most single parent homeless women had experienced situations of domestic violence. To bridge the healing from trauma and move toward reconciliation to Becoming Beloved Community, we have also asked the Rev. Mary Laymon, director of Tikkun Farm in Cincinnati, to share her ministry of reconciliation and restoration at the 2018 conference. 

The cost to attend the 2018 Women’s Ministries Conference is $10, and includes lunch and materials. You can register for the conference at diosohio. org. For any further questions, contact Women’s Ministries coordinator Kathy Mank at kathymank@gmail.com. 

Kathy Mank serves as the coordinator of Women’s Ministries for the Diocese of Southern Ohio and as the financial secretary for the United Thank Offering Board.