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2018 Women's Retreat Speakers

All HPUMC women (and your friends!) are invited to once again to HPUMC’s Annual Women’s Retreat. Women's Retreat is always an incredible weekend of fun, worship, friendship, and spiritual depth.

Find out more about this year’s speakers below. Learn more about the retreat and register now by clicking the button below.

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This year’s keynote speaker: 

Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture.

Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Oprah.com. She also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Her popularity as a writer also keeps her busy speaking across the country. She has spoken at The Festival of Faith and Writing, the Q Conference, Trinity Wall Street, Princeton University, Austin Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Baylor University, The Gay Christian Network Conference, The Wild Goose Festival, and a wide range of retreats, conferences, universities, and churches. In 2015, in partnership with Nadia Bolz-Weber and Jim Chaffee, she launched the Why Christian? Conference, which features fresh, diverse voices responding to the question of why they continue in the faith.

Rachel lives with her husband, Dan, in Dayton, Tennessee—home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Dan and Rachel were thrilled to welcome their first child, Henry, in February of 2016. They worship at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Breakout Session Speakers:

Maria Dixon Hall - Fragile Sisterhood: Friendship in Black and White
Connections despite differences is a concept that is more important than ever. But how do we learn to relate to each other well in a diverse world?

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Lisa Hancock - Sisterhood: Claiming Our Higher Calling as Peacemakers at Home, Work, and Church
As women, we seem to "do" conflict differently with each other than we do with men, our children, and our co-workers. How can we learn to handle conflict in a healthy way?

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Kathleen Fischer - Sister, Can We Talk? (About SEX?)
Relationships have changed across generations, leaving us wondering about relationships and sexuality in today's culture. What are the things that confuse you or have you curious?

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Danielle Shroyer - Soul Sister: How Prayer and Meditation Form Wiser Women
How do prayer and meditation help us, as women, to experience God and grow a vital faith?

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