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November 10, 2017, Friday, 7:00 pm

The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Join Jeanette Stokes and other authors from the RCWMS community for a reading celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Jeanette will be reading from her latest book, Just Keep Going: Advice on Writing and Life. She'll be joined by Danyelle O'Hara, an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations; Julia Scatliff O'Grady, visiting Assistant Professor of Communications at St. Andrews University; Erin S. Lane, who works remotely for the Center for Courage & Renewal; and Meghan Florian, who teaches writing at William Peace University and is the Communications Director at RCWMS.

November 12, 2017, Sunday, 5:00-7:30 pm
FILM SCREENING: How to Die in Oregon

Carr 114, Duke East Campus, Durham, NC
Screening and facilitated discussion of How to Die in Oregon. Event will include light supper with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Hosted by RCWMS and EDU 112FS. Free and open to the public.

November 14, 2017, Tuesday, 11:30 am-2:00 pm

Parlor in Carr Building (enter at door by playground off Gregson St.)
Trinity Avenue Presby. 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.

December 11, 2017, Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
This time of year can be especially challenging for anyone who has lost her mother, whether it's been one month or many years. Honoring the waning light and making holiday preparations can bring back memories and trigger grief. To honor complicated feelings and search for some peace, let's gather to write, share, and remember our mothers. This workshop is open to all who have experienced motherloss, whether through death, abandonment, estrangement, aging, or illness/incapacity.
Leader: Rebecca Welper has an MFA in playwriting from Catholic University of America. She lost her mother in 2012.
Cost: $10. Click HERE to register.

December 12, 2017, Tuesday, 11:30 am-2:00 pm

Parlor in Carr Building (enter at door by playground off Gregson St.)
Trinity Avenue Presby. 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.

December 17, 2017, Sunday, 7:00 pm

Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham, NC
We gather to reflect on the fading of the light and the promise of its return, on community and connections, on loss and love. All spiritual paths and religious traditions are welcome. Please join us to celebrate with song, readings, dance, and ritual designed to include and connect us all. Bring a candle.
Suggested donation: $5-10
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

January 2-9, 2018

Trinity Center, near Morehead City, NC
Cost: $800 (includes a private room and meals)
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

January 15, 2018

Theme: Essays should focus on the theme "Roots & Branches." We invite submissions that consider this theme in creative ways. What grounds you? What helps you reach out? What sustains you in your personal or professional life? How does spiritual community help to nourish you? Where might you need pruning in order to thrive?
Details: Women 18 years of age or older may submit up to 2 nonfiction essays, 1,400 words or less. Submit online only: Previous first-place winners and current RCWMS Board members not eligible. No sermons, please. Do not put your name on your essay(s). Fill out the online cover letter form with the essay's title, your name, address, phone, and email. Submissions open November 1, 2017 and close January 15, 2018.
Prizes: $300 for first place, $200 second, and $100 third. The winning essay will be published in the RCWMS newsletter, South of the Garden, March 2018.
Notification: Winners will be notified by email.

February 9, 2018, Friday, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
THE STORY OF NOW: An Intergenerational Songwriting Experience with Carrie Newcomer

Have you lost heart in this season of politics or become overwhelmed by activist possibilities? Do you long for life-giving skills to sustain you and an intergenerational community to inspire you? Join folk singer Carrie Newcomer and friends, old and new, of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South as we reclaim songwriting as a democratic experience of the heart. In this two-hour workshop, we will work though the steps of weaving together our individual stories with a common theme, developing language and music that compels us, and creating a group song that speaks to the story of now. The entire process happens in one fast paced, fun and inclusive experience. No prior songwriting skills necessary. Open to ages 12 and up.
Cost: $50. Registration details TBA.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

February 23-25, 2018, Friday, 2:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm
FINDING YOUR MEDIUM: A Weekend of Art at the Beach with Sue Sneddon

Emerald Isle, NC
"I can't draw a straight line." Well, who said you should? Sue Sneddon will lead you in exploring various media for painting and drawing. These will include: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and some mixed media options. Let's find the ones that float your boat! Sue will provide all art supplies needed for the workshop. You may also bring any art supplies you have. Read more about it HERE.
Leader: Sue Sneddon has been a full-time painter since 1984. Much of her work has concentrated on the ocean, especially the NC coast, where she now lives.
Cost: Workshop & some meals, $375, plus housing in beautiful beach house, $125 double or $225 single.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 2-5, 2018, Friday, 7:00 pm-Monday 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 23-25.)
Cost: Workshop & some meals, $400, plus housing in beautiful beach house, $125 double or $225 single.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 6, 2018, 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,


May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

November 18-20, 2017, 7:00 pm each evening
TRANS-Forming Proclamation

Church of the Master UCC, Hickory, NC
Trans clergy from across North Carolina are coming together to offer words of celebration, encouragement, hope, healing, and call to community-building to the whole of our communities of faith -- trans people of faith, LGBTQIA people of faith, allies and accomplices in the hopeful work for unity, common ground, and healing the breaches for deeper connection in the work ahead. Join us for 3 nights of spirit-filled, trans-led, trans-voiced calls to communal transformation. There will be 2 speakers each night, Saturday and Sunday, and all of us will offer words of remembrance, resistance, and hope on Trans Day of Remembrance, on Monday, November 20, 2017.

December 10, 2017, 1:00­­-5:00 pm

1202 Watts Street, Durham, NC
Handmade cards, books, and jewelry by local artists.
Contact: Jeanette Stokes,

December 28-31, 2017, Thursday dinner-Sunday lunch

Summit Retreat Center near Greensboro, NC
A New Year's InterPlay retreat in a beautiful setting with time to dance, sing, tell stories, eat, have fun, rest, reflect on the old year and anticipate the new.
Cost: $275 for housing and food (double) or $350 (single) plus donation for the leaders.
Leaders: Ginny Going & Tom Henderson
Register: Send a $100 deposit to Colleagues, 400 S. Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Questions: Ginny or Tom, 919-821-3723,

December 30, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC
This workshop will guide you in the process of creating mindful intentions for your life and learning strategies for successfully following through. We will use guided meditations and journaling exercises to help you clarify your intentions and then we'll create an Intention Board, a creative collage with words and images to serve as a visual reminder of your intentions.
Leader: Jen Johnson, Mindfulness Teacher, Coach and Counselor.  
Cost: $50. To register contact, 910-208-0518

January 12-14, 2018, Friday 6:00 pm-Sunday 11:00 am with option of Saturday only 9:00 am-5:00 pm
A WINTRY MIX: Art, Spirit, Rest

Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC
ART, SPIRIT, REST - three things we really don't get enough of! Welcome 2018 by giving yourself a weekend to consciously immerse in all three. This weekend allows the time and space to experience a joyful mix of Art, Spirit/spirit and Rest! No art experience is required for this guided and exploratory retreat! Gentle encouragement and support is always available in this fun, sometimes funny, and safe environment. Snacks, coffee/tea and all art materials are provided.
Contact: Claudia Fulshaw, 919-306-2919 or

April 20-21, 2018
CHANGING THE RACE DANCE: An Interplay Workshop
Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC
Do you believe in the right to freedom and dignity for all? Are you ready to move out of systems of assimilation and oppression that do not serve you? Do you want support to step into who you really are to "be in the game" with more authenticity? Join us for a workshop for people of color and white people (working on unlearning racism) where participants learn the power of respectful body-to-body connection and why internalized oppression and racism is hard to stop if not treated on a body level. Ready to do a different dance? Using the widely tested educational methods of InterPlay, leaders Soyinka Rahim and Cynthia Winton-Henry and team members re-engage the birthright practices of story-telling, movement, and communal song to not only come together but to tap new resources that literally move us toward freedom and health.
Leaders: Soyinka Rahim and Cynthia Winton-Henry
Cost and registration details TBA.

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