“Embracing God’s Call: From Isolation to Celebration”
Approximately 100 African-American women in ministry from across the country recently gathered on sacred grounds at the historic Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitaker, North Carolina on October 9-11, 2014. The African-American Women in Ministry (AAWIM) biennial conference is designed to bring together women of all phases and stages – licensed, ordained, commissioned and in discernment – within various settings of the United Church of Christ. Participants from the Southeast Conference included Charmaine Penn Johnson (who also served on the planning team), Regina Drake, Henrietta Andrews, and Susan Mitchell.
This year’s conference was themed:“Embracing God’s Call: From Isolation to Celebration.” The Annunciation, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and the Song of Mary (Magnificat) in Luke 1 were foundational in the designation of stages one often experiences on the journey to a full embrace of God’ call – from isolation to identification to proclamation and celebration.
Dynamic and powerful guest preachers included Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Dr. Jennifer Leath and Dr. Christine Wiley, who offered inspiration and challenge through the Preached Word. Sisters were inspired by thoughtful discussions, transformed through prayer and revived through the gifts of laughter and sisterhood. The culmination of the conference was a spirit-filled time of worship, remembrance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, the first African-American woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ, for her 40th year of ordination in the Christian ministry.
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