Floris UMC is hosting its second annual women’s conference on January 25, 2020. This event creates a space in which women can discuss ways to build supportive relationships, while providing actionable strategies to hone their village. Our presenter line-up includes three faithful female leaders, who will share stories and insights from their unique perspective. There will also be a panel discussion in which participants can learn from other women from a variety of backgrounds. Speakers include: Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, Rev. Barbara Miner and Coach/Worship Leader Megan Rae Seals.
Conference sessions include:
Attendees will depart this experience with the inspiration to assess their relationships from a different lens and be empowered to foster and expand their sphere of support and love. Participants will engage in activities that allow them to form deep and lasting connections.
Fee: $50 This includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks (gluten-free and vegan options available). Tickets will also be available at the door via cash or check for $50.
*If you are unable to afford the cost due to a financial situation, please contact Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss scholarship options. We want you here!
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 9:30 Stories
9:30 – 10:20 Session 1: Seek Your Village
10:20-10:45 Activity & Connection Time
11:15-12:05 Session 2: Optimize Your Village
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 1:30 Stories
1:30 – 2:20 Session 3: Unite Your Village
2:20 – 2:30 Break
2:30-3:00 Activity & Connection Time
3:00 – 3:45 Session 4: Love Your Village
3:45 – 4:00 Closing & Follow-Up
Rev. Chenda Innis Lee has been in pastoral ministry for over ten years. A gifted preacher and teacher, she has served as an associate and senior pastor of churches in the northern Virginia region of the Virginia Annual Conference. Her ministry is deeply influenced by Jesus’ message of inclusion for those on the margins of society and a desire for all God’s people to live fully and freely in the abundance of God’s grace. A native of Liberia, West Africa, she came to the United States when she was sixteen, after surviving Liberia’s civil war. She is currently serving at Annandale United Methodist Church in Annandale, VA. When not immersed in church work, you will find her documenting, on social media, the crazy and beautiful (crazetiful) things her daughters do, exploring ethnic cuisines and reading young adult fiction. She and her husband, Asa, met during their time at Wesley Theological Seminary. Their lives revolve around four spirited daughters and ministry with God’s people.
First job: Mowing the lawn for the UMCOR Sager-Brown property in Baldwin, LA
Idea of a Perfect Day: Lounging by the pool or on a beach with a good book and a drink.
Barbara has served as a pastor at Floris UMC since 2006. As Director of Worship, Barbara’s main responsibilities are to offer vital, God-honoring worship in a variety of styles for the congregation. Barbara is also a Life Coach. She enjoys working with a variety of people to figure out their next best step.
Barbara spent her childhood years in Ohio. She attended school in Birmingham, Ala. so she could dance with a local ballet company and complete her degree in Christian education and Fine Arts. After graduation, she met and married her husband, Marty and spent the next few years as a military spouse. She and Marty have three grown children.
First job: Wrapping candy at a local candy factory in her hometown
Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with family and playing games, preferably on or near the water.
Megan is a speaker, musician and life coach, who has served as the contemporary worship leader at Floris United Methodist Church for the past four years. Prior to ministry, she spent eight years teaching fifth and sixth grade and she continues to seek opportunities to serve parents and students, who are navigating the awkward teenage years. Megan is originally from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, which contributes to her deep faith and rich musical heritage. In addition to contemporary worship ministry, Megan moonlights as a speaker and coach, with a passion for helping others successfully tackle life transitions and assist women as they find their voice, value and valor. Megan’s writing has been featured in The Glorious Table and Today I Saw God and she often delves into the complexity surrounding addiction, sexuality, cultural diversity, iniquity and atypical family structures. She has a highly opinionated fluffy black cat and two stepchildren, so she is practically a professional stepmother (though hopefully not too evil).
First job: GIS Analyst for NASA DEVELOP student program
Idea of a Perfect Day: Hiking or visiting a vineyard with friends.