Women’s November Series
This November, all are invited to join Canon Vicar Dana Corsello for a month-long series exploring and claiming the stories that women hold in their bodies, their voices, and their souls.
Through our own shared stories, we will see how we are blessed in our brokenness (as Jesus tells us each time we share Holy Communion). We will experience power, truth—the kind of fundamental truth that, once revealed, we will realize was always present—and, ultimately, healing.
Come and be fed; come and be empowered; come and be healed.
A gathering for fellowship over wine/sparkling beverages and dinner precedes the presentations on November 1, 8 and 15. You are welcome to attend either the dinner or the presentation or both. Dinner is $12; the presentations are free. Please register using the RSVP form. The November 30 event requires a separate ticket (no dinner that week).
Thursday, Nov. 1 (Bethlehem Chapel)
6:15: Gathering and Dinner
7:00: “Finding Your Voice after Spiritual Trauma” with Julie Rodgers and Larycia Hawkins, PhD (more about the presenters)
Rodgers and Hawkins will discuss their healing processes and discoveries of their beloved “true selves” after leaving toxic faith communities.
Thursday, Nov. 8 (Bethlehem Chapel)
6:15: Gathering and Dinner
7:00: Kirsten Powers moderating discussion with Austin Channing Brown (more about the presenters)
Powers and Channing Brown will discuss the book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Channing Brown’s memoir is an eye-opening account of growing up black, Christian, and female amid white America’s expressed love affair with “diversity”.
Thursday, Nov. 15 (Bethlehem Chapel)
6:15: Gathering and Dinner
7:00: “Small voices leveraged within the collective voice of women is POWERFUL! Speak YOUR truth and speak YOUR truth to power”with Denise Harrington, CEO and Leadership Consultant (more about the presenter)
As a pioneer of Women’s leadership development for over a decade, Denise has focused on women’s leadership trends and has provided women with the tools to speak with their voices at every level in the workplace. She believes that women are uniquely positioned for adding their strength and perspective which will bring transformation in the business arena.
Friday, Nov. 30 (Nave)
7:00: “How American Women can Change the World” with Marianne Williamson (more about the presenter)
From how we see things to how we do things, American women are transforming American society. We are owning our voices and owning our power as never before, bringing to the fore unique possibilities for healing and repair. Marianne will discuss both the internal and external aspects of female power and contribution.
Please register to attend any dinners and/or presentations (Thursday, Nov. 1, 8, 15). You are welcome to join one or both events each week.
Purchase tickets to attend the final presentation on Friday, Nov. 30 featuring Marianne Williamson. Her books will also be for sale at the event.
About the Presenters
November 1: Julie Rodgers and Larycia Hawkins
Julie Rodgers is a writer, speaker, and leader in the movement working toward full inclusion for LGBTQ people in faith communities. She was the first openly gay person hired at a conservative Christian university when she served as an Associate Chaplain at Wheaton College, and she’s been an advisor to religious leaders and college administrators during a time of tremendous cultural transition. Through her work as a writer and speaker, Julie also played a key role in shutting down Exodus International. Her hope is that the church will become a place where everyone feels wanted. She lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Cathedral Congregation.
Larycia Hawkins, PhD., is a scholar, a political science professor, and activist. In a December 10, 2015, Facebook post, she declared her intention to don a hijab in embodied solidarity with Muslim sisters throughout the Christian season of Advent. The post initiated a national and international conversation about the nature of God and the possibilities for multi-faith solidarity in a time where Islamaphobia, xenophobia, religiously-motivated hate crimes, and racism are more prolific than any time in history.
At the time of her activism, Dr. Hawkins was Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College (IL), where she was the first black woman to receive tenure in the history of the university founded in 1860 by abolitionists. Two months following the commencement of her embodied solidarity with Muslim women, she and Wheaton College, a Christian university, “parted ways”. Her costly decision is the subject of a documentary film, “Same God” (Midgett Productions) that will debut at the LA Film Festival on September 24, 2018.
Professor Hawkins teaches and researches at the University of Virginia, where she is jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the departments of Politics and Religious Studies; serves as a Faculty Fellow at the university’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture; is a Contributor to the Project pm Lived Theology; and co-convenes the Henry Luce Foundation project, Religion and Its Publics. She lives in Charlottesville, VA.
November 8: Kirsten Powers moderating discussion with Austin Channing Brown
Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Her workshops are one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling. Whether she is being interviewed, lecturing, or leading a workshop, Austin is sure to elicit a full range of emotions as she invites you to celebrate blackness with her. Since earning a master’s degree in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, Austin has worked with nonprofits, churches, and universities for the advancement of racial justice and reconciliation. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, son and very spoiled puppy.
Kirsten Powers is an author, USA Today columnist, CNN political analyst and co-host of The Faith Angle podcast. The Washington Post has called Kirsten “bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, [and] gamely combative” and “a ferocious advocate for her points of view.” Prior to CNN Kirsten spent a decade at Fox News as a political analyst and contributor. Mediaite deemed her “Fox’s liberal to be reckoned with.” Prior to her career in journalism, Kirsten was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration from 1993-1998 where she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs. She lives in Washington, D.C.
November 15: Denise Harrington
“The voice of one woman standing up for herself and for other women seems alone and small. But small voices leveraged within the collective voice of women is POWERFUL! Speak YOUR truth and speak YOUR truth to power. Collectively we can move mountains!”
As a pioneer of Women’s leadership development for over a decade, Denise Harrington has focused on women’s leadership trends and has provided women with the tools to speak with their voices at every level in the workplace. She believes that women are uniquely positioned for adding their strength and perspective which will bring transformation in the business arena. She encourages women to communicate who they are and what they believe in. She believes Women’s Leadership will create a new paradigm for the global workforce and emerging business markets.
Denise developed “Women with Leading with Impact Workshops” which she has led in the US, Asia and Europe. She is the author of I am a Goddess: A journal of self-discovery published in 2002. She has spoken at numerous women’s leadership conferences on the “Power of Your Presence” and some of the most contemporary global topics such as sustainability, marketplace growth, and Women’s Leadership initiatives. Her focus and influence in women’s leadership has helped to augment the presence of women who work at Nike, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Cisco. Denise lives in Rockville, Maryland and is a member of the Cathedral Congregation.
November 30: Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. For the last 35 years, she has been one of America’s most well known public voices, having been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.