January 19 - 21, 2018
Headstart: January 18 - 19, 2018
Theme: Mother and Daughters, Sisters to Sisters; Honest and Healing Conversations We Long To Have With One Another.
Speaker: Rev. Carmen Mason Browne
Mother and Daughters, Sisters to Sisters; Honest and Healing Conversations We Long To Have With One Another.
The first theme explores the wonderful and complex relationships between Mothers and daughters and sister to sister, sister-friends to sister friends, including sister's who don't know each other well, or may be estranged.
The second theme is the critical work of racial, cultural and social location in our healing. How might we commit ourselves to building deeper understanding and reconciliation between one another, which is so desperately needed in these days and times? Women have always had a critical role in this regard. Many biblical stories provide explicit moving stories of women's courageous and complex relationships, who with God's guidance helped women respond in faith, compassion and truth.
The two themes intersect. There are several biblical stories that show these relationships of alliances, friendships, conflicts, forgiveness, loyalty and love. The cross-generational and intergenerational ways women are connected and relate to one another.
About the Speaker:
Rev. Carmen Mason Browne is pastor of New Bridges Presbyterian Church, in Hayward CA. She has served as pastor in several congregations in Presbytery of the Redwoods, New York, and San Francisco. Her ministry has also been in community collaborative work with a focus on building healthy communities. Carmen has been a speaker retreat leader for different groups including as past speaker at the Woods in 2005 & 2007. She loves art, Chinese food, botanical gardens, nature, travel, films, and spending time with her husband and their three delightful grandchildren.
“I consider myself a Womanist theologian. I love sharing another lens, perspective in the reading, and unpacking of the holy scriptures. I intentionally explore our biblical stories of faith from the point of view of those who may have been relegated to the margins, borderlands and shadows of lesser characters. Our cultural social and historical context has shaped both our experiences and perspectives of understanding our faith as it is reflected in our biblical stories.
This is can be challenging for those who have mostly heard our biblical stories from a perspective that accommodate the privilege of some, and remain silent on the disadvantage of others. It can also be incredibly life affirming to those who have often been without voice or invisible within the same stories.”
February 16 - 18, 2018
Speaker information coming soon!