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March 21, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Snow days will be a thing of the past, and spring will finally arrive! Come out of hibernation and join our seasonal writing workshop to re-ignite earthy, messy creativity, excitement, and potential. What does spring hold for you? What makes you feel most alive? We'll use a variety of prompts to write and share about all sorts of springy possibilities. Brought back by popular demand, with brand new prompts. Everybody welcome.
Leader: Rebecca Welper, MFA
Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale.
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April 13, 2018, Friday, 10:45 am or 1:00 pm

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Join RCWMS for a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Enjoy the calm simplicity of the tearoom and the natural beauty of the gardens. This will be a small group. Choose morning or afternoon. Please meet at the Doris Duke visitors center in the gardens.
Cost: $30. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

April 20-21, 2018, Friday 7-9 pm & Saturday 10:30 am-9 pm
CHANGING THE RACE DANCE: A Workshop in InterPlay Methods and Performance Forms

Chapel Hill, NC
This workshop is focused on building our creative toolkit as educators and learners, and our capacities as individuals-in-community to move out of systems of oppression, assimilation, and uneven methods of attending to racist violence and white silence. The workshop is rooted in InterPlay forms that center the body, breath, and intuitive story, movement, and song forms to create more ease, spaciousness, and respect in places where they can be of deep benefit. Changing the Race Dance uses fewer words and more body-based wisdoms to identify and practice ways of dislodging the harmful effects of a white supremacist social order that we face daily. Incorporating restorative and contemplative practices and the sometimes-radical act of improvisation, the workshop focuses on bolstering our skills to unpack inequity to its roots, and discern and celebrate what's working in people-based movements toward freedom and change. InterPlay forms are accessible to all physical mobilities and experience levels.
Leaders: Soyinka Rahim, founder and director of OurThing Arts Company, and Cynthia Winton-Henry, InterPlay cofounder.
Cost: Suggested donation $5-50, for those who are able. Participants must attend entire weekend. Free homestays can be arranged with advanced notice.

April 22, 2018, Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm
ART PARTY & FUNDRAISER for The Last Straw, by Bryant Holsenbeck

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Join us for a fun afternoon and help us raise funds to support The Last Straw, a book by Bryant Holsenbeck to be published this year by RCMWS. A SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day event.
Cost: Donations welcome
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

May 3, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm

Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC
Come hear the author read from her new book from Duke University Press, Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham. Ms. Morrison, PhD, is the founder and executive director of Allies for Change. This program is sponsored by RCWMS, the Durham County Library, and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.

May 6–13, 2018

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

May 18, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm

Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, NC
Making and "reading" SoulCollage® cards is a fun, intuitive way to creatively access your own inner wisdom. Through the process of creating unique pieces of art, we will enjoy discovering and sharing new insights about ourselves.
Leader: Diana Barefoot has been drawing, sculpting, and painting all her life. With a BFA in art and a Master's degree in education, she has taught in schools since 1969. As a SoulCollage© Facilitator, she is excited to share this intuitive and fun process, which helps others to find their own inner voice and strength.
Cost: $30. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October 25-26, 2018, Thursday-Friday
HOMEGROWN: NC Women's Preaching Festival

Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Details TBA. Watch this website for details: HERE


September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

April 5, 6, & 7, 2018
TO BUY THE SUN: A Play about Pauli Murray Play

Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, New York

April 6-7, 2018, Friday-Saturday

Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA
The Center for Womanist Leadership is a study and action center for womanist activists, academics, religious practitioners from all faith traditions, healthcare providers, artists, researchers, policymakers and students from a variety of disciplines. The CWL inaugural gathering will have three platforms: education/training, research, and community engagement.

April 24, 2018, Tuesday, 11:30 am

Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
For the last few years, the Triangle Community Foundation has focused the What Matters community luncheon under the umbrella of "A Region of Opportunity." This year's theme of Women will explore gender inequality specifically as it relates to health, housing, education, and employment. Click HERE for more details.

June 16-19, 2018
YOUNG CLERGY WOMEN INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE - We: Embodied Ministry, Justice and Reconciliation

Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Karoline Lewis will lead a week of conversation about embodied ministry. We'll learn together what it means to live out embodied ministry as individuals and explore the collective "we" of ministry, embodied to work together for justice and reconciliation wherever we serve. For more conference details, click HERE.

October 5-7, 2018
THE VIEW FROM HERE: A spirituality and writing retreat

Norbertine Conference and Retreat Center, Albuquerque, NM
This is a small group writing and reflection experience with writing prompts and time and space to write. You do not have to consider yourself a "writer" to be a part of this spiritually uplifting and reflective retreat. The Retreat Center is located in the South Valley, a quiet and rural area with spectacular views and great facilities. As a part of this weekend, you will be able to attend the Mass Ascension at the Balloon Fiesta held every year in Albuquerque. (Ballon Fiesta tickets are $15.) There is space for 12 participants.
Cost: $385 with food, and airport transport; $250, food and retreat only

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