Women's Connection 2018: In the Valley
Exciting things are happening with Women's Connection 2018! The planning team met last week and settled on the theme In the Valley for this year's conference, inspired by Psalm 23:4-6, Mark 4:35-41, and other passages. Women's Connection 2018 will seek to be a time for women to find encouragement, empowerment, connection, comfort, and challenge. As in years past, we will do this together through powerful and authentic worship led by women, space for honest and faithful conversation, and allowing time for discernment and renewing rest.
Keynote Speaker: Kate Bowler
We are so excited to announce that our 2018 Women's Connection keynote speaker will be divinity professor, young mother, historian, and author Kate Bowler! At thirty-five, after writing her first book about the American prosperity Gospel, Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke an d a new mother when she received the earth-shattering diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer. Reckoning with the news, Bowler discovered, to her chagrin, that she would have to learn how to give up her own “prosperity gospel.” As she struggled to find the balance between optimism and delusion, she wondered how to accept her own finitude without feeling like she was giving up.

As she learns to live with cancer as a chronic condition, Bowler speaks powerfully about the ways in which her brush with mortality transformed her. She also frankly addresses the uniquely American concept that tragedy is a test of character, and looks at the different ways that people try to rationalize suffering and catastrophe, for better or worse.
To learn more about Kate Bowler, visit www.prhspeakers.com/kate-bowler.
Registration Opens Friday, February 9, 2018
It's almost time! Registration will open next Friday, February 9, 2018 at www.montreat.org/women. We'll send you an email reminder the day of- don't worry!
When you register for Women's Connection 2018 you will receive a copy of Kate Bowler's new book Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I've Loved. We'll study the book together at the conference.

Women's Connection 2016 keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle had this to say about Everything Happens for a Reason : "I fell hard and fast for Kate Bowler. Her writing is naked, elegant, and gripping—she’s like a Christian Joan Didion. I left Kate’s story feeling more present, more grateful, and a hell of a lot less alone. And what else is art for?"

You can read more about the book here.
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