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June 12, 2018

Parlor in Carr Building (enter at door by playground off Gregson Street parking lot)
Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, 927 West Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC
Topic: Creating a collage on the theme: My Favorite Place
Leader: Joanne Napoli
Bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Newcomers welcome.
No fee to attend. No need to register.

June 27, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm
READING: The Never-Quite Ending War: A WWII GI Daughter's Stories by Nancy Corson Carter

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
The stories of this book stretch from the '40s & '50s to the present. Reflecting on her family, especially her father, and the war, Nancy Corson Carter's stories seek peace and healing in personal as well as in wider worlds.
Cost: Free
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018, Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St, Durham NC
Margaret Atwood says, "If I waited for perfection...I would never write a word." In this workshop, we'll practice writing imperfectly and learn new craft techniques and skills for revision. Using prompts, exercises, and examples from other essayists, we'll play and experiment together in a warm, encouraging environment. Come ready to write, and leave with tools to help you continue developing as an essayist.
Leader: Meghan Florian is the author of The Middle of Things: Essays and teaches writing at William Peace University.
Cost: $100. Click HERE to register.

July 10, 2018, Tuesday, 7:00pm

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St, Durham NC
In this workshop, we will discuss the history of condolence notes and their value for both the recipient and the writer. Carol will demonstrate what makes a note successful and show examples of do's and don'ts. Each participant will practice writing a note and leave knowing how to tackle this difficult task.
Leader: Carol Henderson is a writer, editor, and workshop leader who has taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She is the author of Losing Malcolm, and Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers, and edited, among other titles, Wide Open Spaces: Call Stories. Learn more about Carol at
Cost: $10 donation to RCWMS appreciated. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

September & October 2018
DOING OUR OWN WORK: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People

Part 1: Sept 6, 7, 8, 9 - Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, NC
Part 2: October 11, 12, 13, 14 - Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Thurs. evening, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 1-5
Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting white privilege and challenging racism in all its forms. Offering more than 40 hours of "class time," Doing Our Own Work equips participants with the analysis, skills, and tools needed to be more effective anti-racist allies. By limiting enrollment to 16 people, this seminar provides a context for in-depth reflection, learning and dialogue as participants work to deepen their knowledge of systemic racism, offer each other support and accountability, grow beyond shame and guilt, and practice the skills of interrupting racism.
Leader: Melanie S. Morrison, PhD, is founder and executive director of Allies for Change. She is the author of Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham and The Grace of Coming Home: Spirituality, Sexuality, and the Struggle for Justice, and her writing has appeared in numerous periodicals.
Cost: $475. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October 25-26, 2018, Thursday-Friday
HOMEGROWN: NC Women's Preaching Festival

Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Details TBA. Watch this website for details: HERE


September 23–30, 2018 (Sunday-Sunday)
January 2-9, 2019 (Wednesday-Wednesday)
May 5-12, 2019 (Sunday-Sunday)

Other Events of Interest

June 16-19, 2018
YOUNG CLERGY WOMEN INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE - We: Embodied Ministry, Justice and Reconciliation

Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Karoline Lewis will lead a week of conversation about embodied ministry. We'll learn together what it means to live out embodied ministry as individuals and explore the collective "we" of ministry, embodied to work together for justice and reconciliation wherever we serve. For more conference details, click HERE.

June 21-24, 2018, OR July 19-22, 2018

Trinity Retreat Center, Atlantic Beach, NC
Come on down to the ocean for an extended time of creative play in a community of people who'll affirm and applaud you! There'll be time for sharing stories, dancing, singing, walking on the beach, swimming in the ocean, enjoying nature and being part of a playful community.
Leaders: Ginny Going and Tom Henderson
Cost: $290 for housing and meals. Participants are invited to make a contribution to Ginny and Tom for organizing and leading. To register, send a $100 deposit to Colleagues, 400 S. Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Contact: Ginny or Tom at 919-821-3723,

October 5-7, 2018
THE VIEW FROM HERE: A spirituality and writing retreat

Norbertine Conference and Retreat Center, Albuquerque, NM
This is a small group writing and reflection experience with writing prompts and time and space to write. You do not have to consider yourself a "writer" to be a part of this spiritually uplifting and reflective retreat. The Retreat Center is located in the South Valley, a quiet and rural area with spectacular views and great facilities. As a part of this weekend, you will be able to attend the Mass Ascension at the Balloon Fiesta held every year in Albuquerque. (Ballon Fiesta tickets are $15.) There is space for 12 participants.
Cost: $385 with food, and airport transport; $250, food and retreat only

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