Dear Community Member,


In October, we kicked off our 2021 - 2022 season of Healing Conversations with a focus on "The Wisdom of Healing Through..." You can watch our previous conversations at our new Ministry site or on our YouTube Channel.

The intent of our Healing Conversations is to have safe and engaging conversations that inspire healing, hope, and awareness around issues that impact our own lives and the lives of others within our communities.
Join us Thursday, April 28th at 7:00PM for the next conversation in our series where we will explore the idea of being your authentic self.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” - Carl Jung

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.” - Brene Brown

Authenticity has been defined as having a keen awareness of who you are and what you stand for, and expressing yourself honestly and consistently to the world. 

Living a life of authenticity is a constant effort and this can mean sacrifice. Not everyone in our lives will respond well to our authentic selves because of how it may impact them. When we are being authentic, we are being vulnerable; we are showing all parts of us, the good with the bad.

Being your true authentic self means that what you say in life aligns with what your actions. This means, you are being your true self through your thoughts, words, and actions. It goes beyond what your job title is, what possessions you own, or a role you play for someone (e.g. sister, best friend, wife).

When we are authentic, we stay true to ourselves, and who we genuinely are.

We are present in the here and now. We can clearly define and maintain boundaries. We do what makes us happy, we follow our passions regardless of who we disappoint, or how it may be perceived by others. We have the opportunity for others to love us and accept us for who we are at our core. When we do this, we allow for more intimate and honest relationships, and we allow for true acceptance and unconditional love. 



RSVP REQUIRED
To register for the April 28th
Healing Conversation, click on the link below:
FACILITATOR
Patricia Bunting
Patricia Bunting is currently employed at Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolina, Inc., as a Grants & Contracts Administration, Team Lead; and also serves as a VOACC Commissioned Minister.

She has over 20 years of grants management experience working with diverse teams, that have secured federal, state, local and private funding.
Patricia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology; a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning; and certification from Elijah House for Inner Healing. She has vast experience working in the nonprofit, government and private sectors.

Patricia worked in project/ grants management for 10 years in the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice. Her past experience also includes working in the private sector in the insurance, banking and cosmetic industries.
RESPONDENTS
Deliah Lawerence
Deliah Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney and award-winning author of two romantic suspense novels (Gotta Let It Go and Gotta Get It Back). She’s also a blogger and workshop facilitator who writes poetry and short stories. Most recently, she won the Best of Contest prize in Reading Works' Second Annual Short Short Story contest for her story entitled, Migration and Back.

When Deliah isn’t writing, you can find
her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigation discovery shows or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind. Constantly on the go, she is also a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland, and Sisters in Crime. 

She is currently working on the third installment of her romantic suspense series entitled, Gotta Have It All. You can visit her at http://www.authordeelawrence.com.
Rosemary Ogbedor
Rosemary Ogbebor, is a fully trained Faith Based Clinical Counselor who completed Training with the Coaching Training Institute, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous program in the industry. Trained in Prolympian PTSD Intervention technique, and a graduate of the International Institute of Faith Based Counseling, Rosemary received a Certificate as a Faith Based Clinical Counselor, and also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Texas Southern University Houston Tx.
Rosemary has over 15years of Coaching experience and is the founder and owner of Inner Being Coaching and Counseling Services. She also runs the Spiritual Guidance & Counseling (Faith Based Initiative Relations) at Jesus House DC. Having worked for a non-profit for over 13 years, Rosemary has acquired a profound sense of empathy for people and believe that with trust and compassionate relationships, longings are identified and nurtured and wounded hearts are healed. She has experienced how God uses sound clinical intervention to change lives, and she is passionate about providing a safe haven where people can explore how they can be transformed by Gods healing grace and truth. Rosemary has made her life's mission to continue to change people’s lives by blending her rich experience, training, and knowledge to help her clients achieve great results.
To learn more about our upcoming Healing Conversations, visit www.voachesapeake.org/healing-conversations.

For questions, please email us at ministryteam@voaches.org.