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RCWMS Events

February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 2017, Sundays, 1:30-3:30 pm

Durham, NC
Dr. Atul Gawande's 2014 book, Being Mortal, has sparked many community conversations across the country. The book will be the centerpiece of a five-week facilitated workshop, which will engage both head and heart.
Cost: $100 for the series. This workshop will be co-facilitated by a student and a professor, and all ages are encouraged to attend for an intergenerational conversation. Register HERE.
Questions: Jehanne Gheith at
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

February 24-27, 2017, Friday 7:00 pm­-Mon. 10:00 am
MAKING YOUR ART: An Advanced Workshop with Sue Sneddon

Emerald Isle, NC
For those who've taken Sue's "Finding Your Medium."
Leader: Sue Sneddon (See February 17-19.)
Cost: Workshop & some meals $400 plus housing in beautiful beach house, $125 double or $225 single.near Morehead City, NC
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 10-11, 2017, Fri. 7–9 pm & Sat. 9:30 am–4:00 pm
MOTHER MAY I? A Narrative Leadership Workshop

Durham, NC
Despite the growing number of female role models available to us today, for most women, our first example of female authority and leadership was provided by our mothers or primary female caretakers. This workshop provides participants a chance to explore who they are and who they have become as leaders in their own fields through the lens of what they learned from their mothers about being a "woman in charge." This highly participatory workshop will invite you to enter the story of your relationship with your mother from several angles and there identify insights and applications for leading your life and work today.
Leader: Jan Gregory-Charpentier, an ordained United Church of Christ minister, is a pastor and teacher, retreat leader, ministry supervisor, and a daughter.
Cost: $75. Register HERE.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 17-18, 2017, Fri. 7:00-9:00 pm & Sat. 9:30 am-3:30 pm
ZOOMING IN: Writing Workshop with Carol Henderson

Durham, NC
In this writing workshop, we will explore and write about some of our most meaningful personal experience. We will work with memory, point of view, voice, "perhaps-ing," backstory, and the idea of omission-what's left out and why. Come prepared to write a lot and to leave with skills and perspective that will serve you well in any writing you undertake.
Leader: Carol Henderson is a writer, editor, and workshop leader who has taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She is the author of Losing Malcolm, and Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers, and edited, among other titles, Wide Open Spaces: Call Stories. Learn more about Carol at
Cost: $125. Register HERE.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

April 4, 2017, Tuesday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Duke Chapel, Durham, NC
Walk the RCWMS Labyrinth. Please wear clean socks. Allow about half an hour for your labyrinth walk.
Free & open to the public.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

APRIL 9-14, 2017

Binkely Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC
6:30 am-8:3O pm, Mon. and Tues ;6:30 am-8:3O pm, Wed and Thurs;
6:30 am-1:00 pm Friday
Sponsors: Several Chapel Hill churches
Free and open to the public. Please wear clean socks.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

April 29, 2017, Saturday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Connections & Spirituality Among LGBTQ Communities

Lyon Park Community Center, 1309 Halley St, Durham, NC
For generations, LGBTQ people have been pushed out of religious and spiritual communities. For too long, our very selves have been erased from religious texts and rituals, although we have always been participants and leaders in our communities, if too often in the shadows. This interfaith celebration will feature a morning of workshops to help us reclaim our hidden histories and support our spiritual journeys. The afternoon will feature talking circles with skilled facilitators for healing and celebrating together. Chaplains, social workers, and alternative healers will be onsite for individual support. The day will begin and end with music and ritual from various traditions. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Lunch provided.
Cost: Free, with suggested donation of $10 for those who are able.
Register: HERE
Contact: Rebecca Welper,

May 5, 2017, 10:45 am and 1 pm

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Enjoy the calm simplicity of the tearoom and the beauty of the gardens. Host will demonstrate traditional Japanese tea and guest will enjoy a steaming cup of frothy green tea. Small group. Please choose morning or afternoon seating.
Cost: $30. Click HERE to register.
Leader: Chizuko Sueyoshi
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,


January 1-8, 2017
May 7-14, 2017
September 24-October 1, 2017

Other Events of Interest

January 27-29, 2017, Friday-Sunday

A weekend of preaching and teaching about the cost of gun violence in our nation and how we can bring about change. Speakers will include: Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of Newtown Congregational Church (UCC); Mark Carman, American Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership; James Atwood, theologian and author of "America and its Guns: A Theological Expose."
Click HERE for location, schedule, and registration.

February 4, 2017, Saturday, 12:00-4:00 pm
HOW TO GET YOUR BEST NIGHT'S SLEEP EVER: A Sounder Sleep System® Workshop

If you struggle to fall asleep or to easily resume sleep, this workshop offers information, skill development, hope and, best of all, experiential resting! You will better understand the structure of sleep with its variable brain and body rhythms. You will receive instruction in 6 Sounder Sleep® lessons to help you create more peaceful awake time, a more pleasurable approach to sleep, and more restful and restorative sleep.
Leader: Betty Wolfe, MDiv., BCB, GCFPcm, authorized Sounder Sleep System Teacher
Cost: $75 with registration prior to 1/30/17; $95 after 1/30 and on-site. Prefer cash or checks, can accept major credit cards on site. Limited class size.
Contact:, 919-794-4139.




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