Women unite in Adelaide

attendees at unitingwomen conferenceWould you like to gather with other women of faith in a Christian context?  Registration is open for the UnitingWomen 2016 conference taking place in Adelaide Thursday 28 April to midday on Sunday 1 May.

The conference, Sharing Stories of Hope, promises a wide range of speakers sharing a diversity of experience and thought. It offers an opportunity for women from the Uniting Church in Australia, and other Christian traditions, to come together and celebrate God’s hope in the everyday – the communities in which we live, work and play.

Opening speaker Khadija Gbla has been recognised for her ability to influence community change, particularly around multicultural and gender issues.  Khadija came to Australia as a refugee at the age of 13 and has been particularly influential in raising awareness around the issue of female genital mutilation.  In 2011 she was named Young South Australian of the Year and Young African Australian of the Year.

Other speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan, the head of Social Work at Flinders University
  • Julie McCrossin, well known as a broadcaster with ABC and Network 10 for over 20 years
  • Tanya Hosch, joint Campaign Director for Recognise, the movement to raise community awareness and support for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution
  • Katheryn Curnow, senior consultant responsible for Leed Consulting’s Women Who Leed program
  • Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director Uniting Justice Australia

The 2016 conference is the second UnitingWomen conference following the successful inception of the event in 2014 when Uniting Church member Sureka Goringe and several friends wondered why a women’s conference didn’t exist in their church.  The idea of a conference quickly turned into reality with hundreds registering for the first event held in Sydney two years ago.

Next year’s conference provides opportunity for women to join elective workshops covering a range of topics from connecting stories through music, women as agents of change, exploring hope and psychology and the role of women in leading the church.

Deidre Palmer, moderator of the South Australian synod and the event organiser, believes it will be a warm and welcoming occasion.

“I encourage you to gather a group, invite a friend, or come as one to UnitingWomen 2016,” she said.

Registration details can be found on the UnitingWomen website.  The $195 registration includes attendance, workshop materials, welcome bag, supper, morning and afternoon tea. Meals and accommodation are not included in the cost of the conference, however limited billeting is available. To request billeting, email accommodation@unitingwomen.org.au

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