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July 31, 2017, Monday, 5:00-7:00 pm

Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC
Join us for an informal gathering for women and LGBTQ folks under 40. Come get to know other young feminists, grab a drink and dish with RCWMS staff about what kinds of events and resources you'd like to see in the future. We want to hear how RCWMS can be a resource for you!
Contact: Meghan Florian,

August 7, 2017, Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
GATHER THE HARVEST: A Writing Workshop

1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Late summer in the northern hemisphere is a time of abundance and harvest as well as a recognition that the heady days of sunshine and activity are on the wane. Let's pause to recognize the beauty of this moment and gather our inner harvest. By writing from prompts and sharing together, we'll practice gratitude for the stories we unearth.
Leader: Rebecca Welper, MFA
Cost: $10-$25 donation

September 16, 2017, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
REFLECTIONS ON WATER: A Retreat in Honor of the Life of Anita McLeod and the Waters of our Lives

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC
The natural world will be the setting for a weaving together of our love for Anita McLeod and for the waters of the earth that she loved. The retreat will include reflections, prayers, ceremony, and a silent "water walk" around the lake and ponds of the earth sanctuary.
Cost: There is no charge, but donations to the Ocean Conservancy in honor of Anita will be gratefully accepted. Lunch will be provided; indicate meal preference when registering.
Registration deadline: September 1.
Click HERE to register.
Sponsors: Mike McLeod, Chris McLeod, Carolyn Toben, Sherylyn Pitt, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, and RCWMS
Questions: Sherylyn Pitt, 919-749-3646


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 October 6–8, 2017

Durham, NC
Details TBA

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, pastor, and Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp, Yale Divinity School


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

Other Events of Interest

August 28-September 1, 2017

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC
Workshop leaders: Abigail DeWitt, Phillip Shabazz, John Claude Bemis, Judy Goldman, Darnell Arnold, and more
Cost: $745

September 16-17, 2017

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN
This conference will bring together people of diverse spiritual traditions to create an atmosphere for sharing ideas about traditions and spiritual growth. Participation of all people from diverse cultural, spiritual, racial, and ethnic backgrounds is encouraged.
Registration is open:

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 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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