Registration for the Episcopal Women’s History Project 2017 Conference is now open. Women of Color in the Episcopal Church is the theme. The Conference will be held from Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15 at the Maritime Conference Center outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more, register for the conference and book your room for the hotel at ewhp.org/2017conference.
The focus will be examining the experience of women of color in the Episcopal Church. Conference participants will have many opportunities to hear stories of women of color, whether African American, Native American, Latina, or Asian. This conference is open to everyone and the public may attend the entire conference or join for just one day. Conference organizers hope to draw attendees representing the diversity of God’s children.
“Growing up in this country during the time of Jim Crow and segregation, the Episcopal Church was a place where I knew I was a beloved child of God.” So said one African American woman from an experience reflected in many people of color, especially women discriminated against because of gender, and even in the church.
The Opening Eucharist Homilist will be the new Bishop of Indianapolis, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs, the first African-American woman Diocesan in the Episcopal Church. The Celebrant will be the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. There will be a variety of additional worship opportunities are offered throughout the conference.
The Tuesday Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and the Susan D. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore. Presentations will offer additional voices to hear. A special time for “Servant Sharing” on Thursday morning allows participants to share a 3-5 minute vignette of an Episcopal Woman of Color who touched their life.
Events will be held at the Maritime Conference Center outside of Baltimore, Maryland, the site of the 2021 General Convention. It is a full-service conference center with over 80 acres of natural park providing opportunity to easily take some time to “get-away” during breaks.
Founded in 1980 by a handful of dedicated Episcopal Churchwomen, EWHP looks to raise the consciousness and conscience of the Episcopal Church to the historic contributions of its women. It has done so by gathering the life stories of Episcopal Churchwomen who have served God faithfully and selflessly, inventoried written source materials, gathered oral histories, published a newsletter, supported research, given grants, and encouraged interest at all levels through conferences and workshops.