January 27 - 28, 2017
The 5th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry: 
Heal for the Peace of the City

God's Mercy, Karyn Millet
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

Psalm 103:2-5 (NKJV) 

Living out the Gospel in the city requires work, sacrifice and necessary reminders of the One in whom we rest. In celebration of our fifth anniversary hosting the Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry, we will focus on healing for the peace of the city. How can we foster the reconciliation of mind, body and spirit, and serve women who so often give of themselves to serve others?

Panel speakers including Susan Holman (senior writer, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator, Harvard University, and author of Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights), Kathy Tuan-Maclean (Associate Director, Graduate & Faculty Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA and founder, New York City Urban Project - NYCUP), and Karen Washington (Farmer, Rise&Root Farm, and co-founder, Black Urban Growers), who will share about healing across multiple arenas from faith-based perspectives. Topics include community / public health, spiritual and emotional health, and healing of relationships and segments of society (reconciliation). Particularly on Saturday, rather than doing, we will encourage “being” and renewal related to health, prayer, worship, and restoration integrated into the rhythm of the day.

January 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Dr. Susan Holman (Harvard University)
Dr. Kathy Tuan-MacLean (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)
Karen Washington (Rise & Root Farm)

January 28 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Prayer, Worship, Panel, Time for Quiet and Reflection, Spiritual Direction, and Workshops on Healing Prayer and Counseling 

Saturday Afternoon Workshops
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Choose from one of the following:

Being a Healing Presence (Laura Speiller)

Often as counselors and mentors, we give prominence to the words and directives needed when meeting with people. However as Jesus aptly demonstrated, so much is communicated beyond words. There is power and healing in our presence. This happens when we create safe spaces of caring connection. This workshop will define and demonstrate how those we counsel are transformed by substantive connection and responsiveness.  

Healing Prayer Workshop (Marion Hayes)

When we read the Gospel stories, we notice how central healings were to Jesus’ ministry. As Jesus’ disciples, we cannot ignore the centrality of healing prayer to the gospel message – healing prayer is a demonstration of the gospel in action. This interactive workshop is designed to offer a practice-oriented approach to healing prayer that takes into account the various needs for healing holistically, whether they be physical, spiritual or emotional.

Spiritual Direction  (Jen Knight / Sr. Marylin Gramas)

Limited availability: 8 spots
Spiritual direction is a resource for personal development that grows straight out of Ignatian spirituality. A spiritual director walks alongside a person as a spiritual companion and, somewhat, as a guide, offering  presence and a listening ear. When called for, a spiritual director offers wisdom as well, and sometimes will help the directee imagine and dream and pray. While the relationship is best developed over time, we will be offering 15 minute spiritual direction sessions for individuals interested in experiencing this listening ministry. If you do choose a spiritual direction session, please note that you will not be able to attend either of the other two workshops, and you will be asked to come 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment. During the time you are not meeting with a director you may want to explore options available in our silent retreat.

Hope Campus
302 W. 119th Street @ Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Friday event is free.
Saturday non-refundable registration fee (with lunch and goody bag):

Call 212-749-2717, or email Miriam Acevedo at for more information.

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