Fearless Women of Faith, theme of this year’s WomanKind conference at St. James’s in Richmond, will be held March 20-21.
Fear. Its prevalence in our culture is growing. Fear of the other. Fear of violence. Fear of the future. Fear of financial difficulties. There is much for women to be afraid of in this world. But Christian women have historically been fearless in the face of violence because of their faith in Christ.
From the first stories of Genesis, WomanKind 2020 keynote speaker Lisa Sharon Harper draws on God’s original vision of a world that is “very good” — is shalom. Harper declares that shalom is the Gospel’s vision for us now — shalom between us and God, within our broken families, between races and nations. Shalom.
WomanKind’s 2020 theme Fearless Women of Faith explores and celebrates how God has inspired fearlessness in us. In our keynote sessions, workshops, and worship, we will examine fearlessness in the face of injustice, violence against women, life transitions, the unknown, vulnerability, and even fear itself. We will look to our sacred stories in the Bible and our own personal stories, and ask for the Holy Spirit to continue to reveal and plant in us holy peace, courage and perseverance. Together, we will seek Christ’s healing, strength, and fearlessness.
The keynote speaker is Lisa Sharon Harper. Ms. Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action. Read more, including a list of her books.