Homegrown 2020! October 15-16! Register Now!

Mark your calendar and plan to join us October 15-16, 2020 for the 9th annual Homegrown: NC Women’s Preaching Festival.

We are honored to present Donyelle McCray as our keynote speaker this year. McCray is currently working on a book about Pauli Murray, and will offer two sessions illustrating her relevance to our struggles today. This year’s preachers and presenters also include  Chelsea YarboroughKaren Ziegler, Deborah Williams, Grace Hackney, Maddy Reyes, Angie Hong, Nicole Williams, and more to be announced! Check out the full schedule here!

Our Vision: We believe hundreds of clergywomen in North Carolina are faithfully and creatively engaging in ministries where they proclaim the Word of God, week after week. In an ecumenical spirit of love and collegiality, we will lift up the voices of local clergywomen to encourage and inspire; share and learn; and to hone our craft. Together we will hear wonderful preaching from conference attendees and have time for casual group conversations on the art of proclamation in all its forms. We will pray, worship, and celebrate together.

In addition to an incredible line-up of presenters, we are excited about the gifts and wisdom, joys and challenges that each of you bring to this festival every year. In addition to the workshops and worship, we will offer several opportunities for being in communion with each other. Learning in community for two days, even virtually, is the heart of who we are. We hope you will plan to join us!

Learn more about the festival: www.ncwomenpreaching.com

Cost: $75 – Regular price ticket and help someone else attend
          $50 – Regular price ticket
          $25 – Limited income/student

Questions? Contact RCWMS: info@rcwms.org

Register: HERE.
Zoom links for Homegrown will be sent in October prior to the event. Individual workshop registration details will be available once we finalize the schedule.

Survey on Women’s Preaching Experiences

Kelli Hitchman-Craig, third year MDiv student at Duke Divinity School and United Methodist, is exploring the topic “Preaching While Female” in a Directed Study course this semester. As part of her work,  she is surveying women preachers from a wide variety of denominations, settings, and generations, and we invite you to add your voice to the work.

The survey will take less than ten minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Click HERE to complete the survey.

Schedule Details

The festival is just a few weeks away, and we’re excited to share more details about the schedule!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

3:00 REGISTRATION
3:30 OPENING GATHERING: CARLA GREGG-KEARNS
4-5:30 WORKSHOPS/PANELS:
  • Sheryl Wilson – And what does the Lord require of you?
  • Lori Pistor/Sharon Wheeler – Reimagining Special Services
  • Betty Morton – Self-Care: The Foundation of Success in Life and Work
5:30-6 REGISTRATION CONTINUES
6:00 DINNER
7:00 EVENING GATHERING – CARLA GREGG-KEARNS
  • Rebecca Reyes preaching on the Seasons of Life
  • Kim Gaubault – Spoken Word

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION CONTINUES; BREAKFAST SNACKS AVAILABLE
9:00-9:30 MORNING PRAYERS – KATE BLAKELY, JENNA LINDBO
9:30-10:45 PREACHING THE SEASONS
  • Katie Crow
  • Alma Tinoco Ruiz
  • Shryl Hinnant-Uzzell
10:45-11:15 BREAK (ART TOURS/ARTISTS AVAILABLE; RESOURCE TABLE)
11:15-12:30 3 WORKSHOPS/PANELS
  • Pat Daggett – Writing through the Seasons
  • Christine Burket Parton – Preaching
  • The Spirit Moves: Artists Panel – Angela Yarber, Amy Huacani, Jenna Lindbo
12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:45 WORKSHOPS AND/OR PANELS
  • Rose Cornelious – Preaching Women in Scripture
  • Kate Blakely, Susan Dunlap – Stone Soup Panel
  • Beth Kennett – How can I be a feminist and preach God’s love for all?
3:00-3:45 CLOSING GATHERING – SHARON WHEELER, WITH KIM GAUBAULT

First preacher announced for Homegrown 2016

Katienov20121-300x168We are excited to announce that Rev. Katie Crowe, senior pastor at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, has been confirmed as a preacher for the 5th annual NC Women’s Preaching Festival: Her Voice Through the Seasons.

imgresIn addition, the Homegrown team has begun to plan music for this year’s festival, and we are thrilled that Jenna Lindbo will be helping lead worship this October. You can learn more about Jenna and listen to some of her music at jennalindbo.com.

Additional preachers, workshop leaders, and artists TBA.