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

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 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 1, 2017, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

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 3/27/17; $95 after 3/27 and on-site. Cash or check preferred, can accept major credit cards on-site. Click HERE to register online.
Contact:, 919-794-4139

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.
More info: HERE 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,


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

Other Events of Interest

Thursdays in Durham through March 30, 2017, 7-9 pm
Wednesdays in Carrboro through March 29, 2017, 7-9 pm

Registering now for Winter 2016 in Durham or Carrboro
Weekly Adventures with Women in Singing, Simple Circle Dance and Community of the Heart including songs for spiritual activism, with Kathleen Hannan.
Info and

March 18, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 am-5:30 pm

Raleigh Friends Meeting, 625 Tower St., Raleigh
InterPlay can help you and your practice by fostering relaxation, play, connection, exploration, and creative expression, reduce stress, improve life/work balance, help you make wiser decisions, uncover your hidden resources for sustainable self-care.
Leaders: Kate Amoss, LCPC is a licensed counselor, Ginny Going is a master InterPlay teacher,
Cost: $100, includes 7 CEUs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists. $75 for those who do not want CEUs.
Register: Colleagues, 400 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603

March 19,  2017, Sunday, 2-4 pm (3rd Sunday each month)

Ponysaurus, 219 Hood St., Durham, NC
Our LGBTQ New Parent Support Group is a supportive, welcoming, and safe space for members of our local LGBTQ community who are raising a new baby.
Leader: Victoria Facelli

March 25, 2017, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
RADICAL WELCOME: Living with the Other - 2017 Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry

Jarvis UMC Church, Greenville, NC
Leaders: Marcia Owen, Will Willimon, and more
More info and registration:

March 29 1-2 pm

IThis one-hour webinar will give you the skills you need to write a theologically rich, short personal essay. The session will teach you how to sharpen the focus of your writing; develop a personal voice; and present your work professionally for publication. The workshop is designed for Christian writers but the skills are applicable to those of other faiths.
Leader: Sally Hicks is the editor of Faith & Leadership, the award-winning online magazine published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Click HERE to learn more.
Cost: $25

April 4-May 9, 2017, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm

Durham & Chapel Hill, NC (locations TBA)
This 6-week course for young adults age 21-35 will help participants discern a call and find resources to support it and develop a relationship with money that empowers you to live according to your values and make choices that support your callings.
Cost: $60 - $240 sliding scale fee, includes a light vegetarian supper.
Sponsor: Johnson Service Corps

April 21-23, 2017
WRITING WITH SPIRIT: Spring Writing and Meditation Weekend

Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA
Leader: Nancy Kilgore, DMin, minister, writing, and therapist
Cost: $400
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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. We are currently accepting exhibitors and workshop presenter applications until April 25, 2017. 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.

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