NEJ Clergywomen's Consultation


NEJ Clergywomen’s Consultation 2011:

“Bodacious and Bold”

Sunday Evening, February 27 – Wednesday Morning, March 2

 At the Lancaster Host Resort Hotel

Lancaster, PA

Where clergywomen gather to refresh and re-power…

Through worship, learning, prayer, networking, and laughter!




Four worship settings will frame the consultation:

  • Sunday evening ,we will Bubble Up at a marketplace/carnival;
  • Monday,with the help of dancers and our bishops, we will Burst Out from our veilings;
  • Tuesday, we will Break Through into many-tongued thanksgiving;
  • Wednesday, we will Build Up our sisters and the City of God.

(An offering will be taken Wednesday for the Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty)

Pre-conference Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen’s Forum

On Saturday, February 26, Racial/ethnic minority clergywomen are invited to gather a day early to spend formative time together and with representatives from GBHEM.

(additional cost for participating) 

Disabilities Forum:

Monday, February 28, 12 noon to 2 pm, and Tuesday, March 1, 6 pm to 7pm, will be a gathering of clergywomen with disabilities.  Discussion topics will include: itinerancy, accessibility, and future plans of the UM Association of Ministers with Disabilities. Bishop Peggy Johnson will convene the forum.

Pajama Party:

Led by Bishop Susan Morrison and Friends…Bring your fuzzy slippers!


On Monday and Tuesday, local and national vendors and artisans will offer books, pottery, vestments, chalices, artwork, and international fair-value goods for sale. 

Keynote Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Traci C. West: Elder in the New York Annual Conference; Professor of Ethics and African-American Studies at Drew; inter-faith delegate to Iraq, leader in exposing violence against African-American women; author of two books, Disruptive Christian Ethics andWounds of the Spirit; editor of “Our Family Values.”

Dr. Marjorie Suchocki: United Methodist Professor Emeritus at Claremont, who also taught at Pittsburgh, Wesley, and  Vanderbilt; Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies; author of seven books, including In God’s Presence, The Whispered Word, andDivinity and Diversity.

Participating Bishops:  Bishop Violet Fisher, Bishop Susan Hassinger, Bishop Peggy Johnson, Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, Bishop Susan Morrison


Workshops will be offered at two times: Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1, 3:30 to 5:30 PM.  CEU’s will be available.

Workshop 101                                              


Rev. Shauna Hyde

Learn the art of self defense, tailored especially for women, which is more about using your smarts than using your fists to avoid fighting someone who threatens or attacks you. 

Workshop 102

Shibashi Tai Chi Quigong for Health & Wellness

Elizabeth Tapia

Originated in Asia (China and Japan), Shibashi is a set of 18 slow body movements that unifies body, mind and spirit. With very gentle and flowing body movements, this meditation cum exercise promotes good health, reduce stress, increase concentration, and invite us to be one 

with Mother Earth, so you will be more focused, less anxious, peaceful, healthy and more ecologically connected.

Workshop 103

Prayer Styles

Lillian Smith and Tricia Brown

This workshop introduces alternative ways of prayer, including prayer labyrinth, a maze used as a means to meditate, pray and connect with God in a higher spiritual way.

Workshop 104

Life Balance

Sharon Vandegrift

Learn about coaching support for transition, life balance, and local church management.

Workshop 105

We Are in It Together

HiRho Park

This workshop will help build up racial-ethnic clergywomen relationships. 

Workshop 106

Endangered Species

Hannah Bonner, Mira Hewlet, and Anna Layman

Focusing on cultivating the leadership of young adults, this workshop will be led by young adults: a head pastor, a campus minister, a missional pastor, and a children/family pastor.

Workshop 107

Many Gifts, One Spirit

Marcelle Dotson

This workshop will help you cultivate intentional multicultural ministry development.

Workshop 108

Bold, Bodacious and Beyond...

Nizzi Santos Digan

This panel discussion will look at mission beyond the local church with a focus on Haiti and Angola.

Workshop 109

Are We There Yet

Yolanda Pupo Ortiz


Dialogue about the future of the UMC as a global church and its implications for clergywomen.

Workshop 110

Visual Liturgy

Michelle Bogue-Trost

Find out how to create visual liturgies: use image, metaphor, and Powerpoint to add meaning to worship.

Workshop 111

Designing for Older Parishoners

Ginger Baker-Betz

Learn how to make print resources, visuals, and sound changes to accommodate our aging congregations.

Workshop 112

Native American Spirituality

Sharon Schmit

Listen and learn in this workshop on Native American storytelling.

Workshop 113                                              

Discovering the Positive in God

Diane Bentley

Seek ways to move toward positive energy in church relationship.

Workshop 114

Removing the Veil


Nancy Firestone

Environmental health and indoor air quality in our church buildings is an ethical issue. Pesticides, fragrances, and cleaning products can be an accessibility barrier to church community. Get resources to transform the health of our communities.

Workshop 115

Collaborative Art-Making as Faithful Witness aka Let’s Get Messy Together


Rev. Karin Tunnéll

Art-making as a collaborative effort of  the community of  faith, especially by non-artists and other-abled folk. Participants will discuss how to incorporate collaborative art-making into the life of the church.  Create art individually and collaboratively, which will be displayed. Art supplies will be provided.


For more information or assistance, contact Rev. Lillian Smith, Director of Connectional Ministries, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 610-666-9090, x 230 or

For more information about the Racial Ethnic Clergywomen’s Forum, contact:

Rev. Aida Irizarry Fernandez at or Rev. Nola Anderson

For more information about the Disabilities Forum, please contact Bishop Peggy Johnson 



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen’s Forum Pre-conference gathering

5:00PM                                   Early registration

6:00PM                                   Dinner  (On your own)

7:00PM                                   Time for fellowship and relaxation


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen’s Forum Pre-conference gathering continues

7:30-9:45AM                           Breakfast on your own

10:00- 11:30 AM                     Worship with Bishop Fisher, Lydia Munoz music and liturgy

12:00 - 2:00 PM                      Lunch and Facilitated Conversation about " Women of Color: what is in it for us...?”

2:00 - 4:00PM            Embracing Unity, celebrating our diversity (time to divide in small groups by racial-ethnic associations and then coming back together)

NEJ Clergywomen’s Consultation Begins

Noon-7:00PM                          Registration

7:00PM                                   Gathering Marketplace – Festival of Graces, Arts and Technology


Monday, February 28, 2011

7:00-9:00AM                           Breakfast on your own

9:00AM                                   Opening Worship

10:30AM                                 Timeline introduction and discussion (Bishops)

12:00PM-2:00PM                   Lunch

Racial/Ethnic Forum Luncheon gathering

Disabilities Forum Luncheon gathering

2:00-3:15PM                           Keynote – Dr. Marjorie Suchocki

3:30PM-5:30PM                     Workshops

6:00-7:00PM                           Dinner (On Your Own)

7:00-9:00PM                           Evening Entertainment


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

10:30 AM                                Brunch and worship (Community and network building)2:30PM                                   Keynote presentation – Dr. Traci West, “You Made Me Bold: Shalom Boldness Required”

3:30PM                                   Workshops

5:30-6:45PM                           Dinner

6:00-7:00PM                           Georgia Harkness Scholars Dinner (By invitation - sponsored by GBHEM)

Disabilities Forum (includes dinner)    

7:00-9:00PM                           Comedienne & Ice Cream Social


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

9:00AM                                   Plenary and Closing worship

10:30AM                                 End of event

Noon                                       Lunch on your own

3:00-5:00PM                           Racial/Ethnic Forum


Event Location:  Lancaster Host Resort Hotel, 2300 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Lancaster, PA 17602; Phone: 1-717-299-5500; Toll Free: 1-800-233-0121; www.lancasterhost.comLancaster Host Resort Hotel offers Complimentary Shuttle Service to Lancaster Airport and Lancaster Amtrak Station.

Driving directions with MapQuest

Within one hour of Hershey or Gettysburg

New York - 180 miles

Philadelphia - 70 miles

Washington, DC - 130 miles

Pittsburgh - 250 miles 



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