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RCWMS Events

September 18, 25 & October 2, 2017, Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm
NATURAL GROWTH: Writing from Your Roots

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
In this prompt-based workshop, we will look closely at the natural world we find around us. We will write about what we see, as well as how the wild world around us informs who we are. We hope you will join us for three evenings of exploration.
Leaders: This class will be taught by essayist Meghan Florian and environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck.
Cost: $60. Click HERE to register.

September 24-October 1, 2017

Trinity Center, near Morehead City, NC
Wouldn't you like a week full of quiet days to think and write? Come spend a week of quiet and writing with a supportive group of women in Pelican House, at the beautiful Trinity Center on Emerald Isle, NC. We observe silence in the daytime so participants can read, write, or rest. In the evenings we gather to reflect on the day and often share our work with one another. Room and meals are included. Everyone gets her own room. Her own space. Her own time.
Cost: $800, includes lodging and meals.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October 7, 2017, 12:00 noon-5:00 pm
RCWMS 40th Anniversary CELEBRATION

The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC
Theme: Roots & Branches
Please join us for a community potluck at noon, art and writing workshops in the afternoon, followed by cake.
Cost: $25
Register: HERE
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2017, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm (4 Mondays)

The Mothership, 401 W Geer St., Durham, NC
Fear can be a constant companion to a writer, looking over your shoulder, creating doubt and reluctance, holding you back. In this class, we will learn to recognize the many forms fear takes, how it interferes with writing, and techniques to move past each roadblock. Whether you've never written before but want to start or have experience writing nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, this class will help you learn how to write (and maybe even live!) more bravely. Back by popular demand, this class will include new prompts, exercises, and discussion topics - a great jump start for writers at any stage.
Leader: Julia Green holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. To learn more about Julia, visit her website HERE
Cost: $125

October 10, 2017, Tuesday,

Parlor in Carr Building (enter at door by playground off Gregson Street parking lot)
Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 West Trinity Ave., Durham, NC
Bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Newcomers welcome. No fee to attend. No need to register.

October 13-15, 2017, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd., Durham, NC
Are you invested in conscious living, wondering about conscious dying, seeking peace in the midst of change, someone who doesn't plan on living forever? Rev. Stephen Winton-Henry, hospice chaplain and grief educator, and Cynthia Winton-Henry, cofounder of InterPlay, are dying to live. With decades of helping people get into and out of their bodies, in the Dying to Live Tour and Cabaret they honor the lessons and questions of community around the biggest dance we do: Live and Die.
Sponsors: RCWMS &Triangle InterPlay
Leaders: Cynthia and Stephen Winton-Henry. Stephen has served as a hospice chaplain, spiritual care manager, pastor, and grief educator since the 1970's. Cynthia is the cofounder of InterPlay and host of the Hidden Monastery, a virtual community of prayerful mystics and artists, and has taught at Pacific School of Religion.
Cost: $200. Scholarships available.
Questions: Ginny Going at

October 26-27, 2017, Thursday-Friday
HOMEGROWN: 6th Annual NC Women's Preaching Festival

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Theme: Her Prophetic Voice.
In an ecumenical spirit of collegiality, we'll lift up the voices of local clergywomen to inspire, learn, and hone our craft. We'll hear wonderful preaching and discuss the art of proclamation in all its forms. We'll pray, eat, worship, and celebrate together.
Leaders include: Rev. Shyrl Hinnant-Uzzell, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp, Yale Divinity School, Rev. Chalice Overy, Dr. Sharon Schulze, and Yolanda Santiago.


January 2-9, 2018
May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

September 23, 2017, Saturday, 4:00-7:00 pm

Hillsborough United Church of Christ, 200 Davis Rd., Hillsborough, NC
A collaboration between the LGBTQ Center of Durham, The NC Council of Churches and local community partners to come together over a meal and have conversations to create sanctuaries in our communities where everyone feels welcome, safe, and free from hate and oppression. This event is free and family friendly! There will be locally catered food, childcare & children's activities, and Spanish & ASL interpretation available. For more information, contact Sol Pederson at or (919) 335-8736. Click HERE for details.

September 28-30, 2017, 3:00 pm Thursday-12:00 pm Saturday
TIME FOR YOU: A Women's Retreat to Rest, Reflect, Renew and Reconnect with Yourself

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, 477 Grogan Rd., Stoneville, NC
Take a real break from life's routines and demands to refresh and revitalize yourself, for you and those you love. Enjoy space, explore personal inventories and learn practices that promote spiritual deepening and life-giving self-knowledge for your life today.
Leaders:  Rev. Betty Morton, Life and Spiritual Coach; Heidi Hackney, MS, Life Coach
Cost: $525 for shared room ($585 if single room); meals and professional inventories included. Check-in starts at 3:00 pm on Thursdays, program starts with dinner at 6:00 pm.
Contact: or

October 1-7, 2017

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
In this retreat, for people 50 and up, we will experientially explore the four pillars of conscious aging: belief, release, purpose, and community. As you move through this process, you will engage in sharing councils; life review work; exploration of legacy; vision clarification and intention-setting; ceremony; and a day of solitude on the land. The retreat provides powerful support for those ready to claim the role of elder or to affirm their commitment to the path of conscious aging.
Leaders: Ron Pevny and Susan Manning. Co-sponsored by Sage-ing International. For more information and to register, click HERE.

October 6-8, 2017, Friday 7:00 pm-Sunday 4:00 pm

The Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Join a nature-connected weekend to honor our love for the world and transform despair into creative energy. We'll draw on Joanna Macy's work in Deep Ecology, systems theory, and spiritual traditions to encourage truth-telling, to access our collective courage, and to inspire our creative potential. Poetry, ritual, music, movement, yoga, and silence will help us to experience that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have believed. Leave with a renewed sense of active hope!
Leaders: Megan Toben, Jodi Lasseter, Hope Horton, Greg Louie, Frank Phoenix
Cost: $220, includes lunch Saturday and Sunday. Click HERE to register.

October 6-8, 2017
WRITING WORKSHOP with Lynn Hinton during the Balloon Fiesta

Norbertine Center, Albuquerque, NM
A writing retreat during the Balloon Fiesta to bring folks to the area to enjoy both a meaningful retreat and the balloons! It's a fabulous time to be in New Mexico. It will be a time for writing and reflection and even building community with other writers on an intentional spiritual path.
Cost: around $350-$400 includes room and meals. (Extra nights are $45.) There will only be room for fifteen participants. More details to come.

October 20-21, 2017, 7:00 pm Friday-4:00 pm Saturday
THE LABYRINTH: Sacred Circles for Prayer, Meditation & Creative Journeying

The Oratory Center for Spirituality, Rock Hill, SC
Join us to learn about labyrinths, their history, meaning and purpose.  Explore the sacredness of circles, forms of prayer, and meditation used in labyrinth walks, and spend time walking the labyrinth at The Oratory. A variety of hands-on art projects and writing prompts will be used, and you'll receive instruction in drawing your own tabletop-sized labyrinth.
Leader: Claudia Fulshaw
Questions: or 919-306-2919.

October 23-25, 2017
WOMEN IN MINISTRY: Telling Our Stories - Breaking the Mold, Taking Risks, Paving the Way

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
This conference will connect women in diverse ministries from around the world and bring together a renewal of response to God's call to all people to minister in Christ's name. This conference is not simply an academic series of presentations, but an opportunity for networking, sharing the joys and challenges of ministry, and lifting up the powerful and effective ministries of women around the world. The book, Faith of Our Mothers Living Still: Princeton Seminary Women Reshaping Ministry, will debut at the conference.
Cost: Early Bird (Before August 15): $195.00, General Fee: $225.00. Click HERE to register.

October 31-November 2, 2017
ROLLING THE STONE AWAY: Ecumenical Christian Conference

St. Louis, MO
A conference for LGBTQIA saints and prophets - generations past and present - to honor our history and empower our future.
Includes: Mary Hunt, Janie Spahr, Carter Heyward, Jimmy Creech, Jan Griesinger, Gene Robinson, Troy Perry, Karen Ziegler, and more.


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