God, Faith, Women & Church: A Restorative Weekend for Women in SLC

by Gina Colvin and Wendy H. Christian

“The omission of women from the defining developments of the faith leaves humanity at large, churches in general, and authority collectively with only half an understanding of who God is and how God functions on which to draw for understanding and inspiration. It blinds all of the world to the insights of half of the world and gives us the image of half a God.”  

​- Joan Chittister, Heart of Flesh:  Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

In increasing numbers women of faith are waking up to discover that they are no longer living vibrant spiritual lives that give them meaning and joy. They are realizing that God has been patriarchy’s creation; faith is primarily about giving assent to patriarchy’s making; and church is a place that asks for submission to the patriarchy as a requirement for belonging. Awakening, though painful and chaotic, is not a sign that faith is impossible or pointless, rather it signals that there are new, powerful, and transformative ways of being spiritually present and confident.

Join Gina Colvin, Wendy Christian, and Sara Hughes-Zabawa April 7-9, 2017, at the University of Utah for a special women’s weekend of community exploration into
* Patriarchy and the Divine Feminine
* How to manage complex family and church systems with grace
* Why spirituality continues to matter—irrespective of church attendance or beliefs.
* And rejuvenate mind and body through guided meditation and restorative yoga.

This will be a vibrant, restorative women’s weekend about what it means to be alive in our own lives, consciously connected to our image of God, awoke to our potential as women of faith, and reconnected in mind and body.

Gina Colvin, PhD, Host of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast, Mormon Studies Scholar, Author and Critical and Cultural Studies Teacher.

Wendy H. Christian, MA, LCSW, Psychoanalyst and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, featured on a recent A Thoughtful Faith episode, “Enmeshed Family Systems, Differentiation, and Faith Crisis.”

Sara Hughes-Zabawa, Clinical Social Worker and Certified Yoga Instructor who utilizes mindfulness techniques and restorative yoga practices to foster a gentle reconnection to the body to cultivate inner wisdom and peace.

*Space is limited. Register now through the link below to reserve your spot!

Friday, April 7, 2017 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:30am to 5:00pm

Where: University of Utah (exact location will be sent to registrants)

Cost: $250* (Price includes dinner Friday night and free parking each day at the University of Utah. Participants will be responsible for all other meals.)

*Donations to provide reduced rates for those otherwise unable to attend are welcome and greatly appreciated. Simply enter the amount under “Donation” when you register through Eventbrite.

*We are offering a limited number of reduced-rate spots. These will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If your situation warrants a reduced rate, please send a message to Wendy at the email below.

Lodging: Contact Wendy at the email below if you are traveling to Salt Lake City and are interested in a discounted rate for a hotel room at the University of Utah’s Guest House. You must register for the event to receive a discount.

Questions: Send an email to [email protected]

[Image: “Liberate Your Heart from the Cage of Fear,” Alice Popkorn.]


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