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Announcing the 132nd
Annual Meeting of the
Episcopal Church Women
of the
Diocese of North Carolina
Harris-Evans Conference

“Stopping Traffic: One Human At A Time”

Raising awareness and taking action about the growing problem of human trafficking in North Carolina, consistently ranked in the top ten states for trafficking activity.

When & Where: November 7-8, 2014 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Community Life Center in High Point

Holy Eucharist: The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, preacher and the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, celebrant

This year’s meeting will combine with the Harris-Evans Conference, a triennial event hosted by the diocesan ECW, which has traditionally focused on matters of social justice and Christian social ministry. We’ll work toward an answer to this question: How do we, working together as the Church, respond to the scourge of trafficking - “modern day slavery” - happening in all parts of our diocese?

Christine McDonaldThe keynote address will be given by Christine McDonald, director of outreach and advocacy for Magdalene Saint Louis, located in the Diocese of Missouri. Christine is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the social injustices facing underserved populations today. As a survivor of human sex trafficking, homelessness, and addiction, Christine - now blind as a result of a disease that forced her to choose between her unborn child and her eyesight - is on a mission to bring justice and awareness to the forefront of social change through education and unconditional love.

A series of workshops will build on the theme. Each workshop will last 45 minutes. All four will be held concurrently. You will attend one workshop during the first session on Saturday and another workshop during the second session.

When registering for Annual Meeting + Harris-Evans Conference, please indicate your first, second and third choice of a workshop. Every effort will be made to place you in your top choices, but understand that the workshop organizers may have to assign workshops based on space constraints. Your workshops will be announced at Annual Meeting.

What Can We Do to Prevent Child Trafficking in North Carolina?

Each of us can do something to raise awareness and foster actions to prevent child trafficking in North Carolina.

Presented by PATH-NC (Partners Against the Trafficking of Humans in North Carolina)

How You Can Stand for Freedom

Human Trafficking must be addressed from many angles. Learn some of the tactics and techniques being used to bring awareness, prevention, and aftercare, and what you can do to get involved.

Presented by World Relief-High Point

Child Internet Safety: An Overview of the Three Major Dangers Found on the Internet

This presentation works through ways to develop family rules and safeguard the family against online risks, and will also give an overview of the technologies that are available for parents, grandparents and guardians to manage their young person’s online usage.

Presented by Nimasheena Burns, N.C. Department of Justice

Creating Community: Love Heals

In addition to talking about her book, “Cry Purple,” Christine McDonald will explain how her work at Magdalene St. Louis, modeled after the very successful Magdalene Nashville program (which has ties to Thistle Farms, a social enterprise run by women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets), helps to provide a community where women can recover and rebuild their lives.

Presented by Christine McDonald