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When: Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017

Where: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 East Main Street, Durham, NC

Holy Eucharist: The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, Diocesan Bishop of North Carolina

Lauren F. Winner is an ordained Episcopal priest, teacher of Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, lecturer and author of numerous books. Winner is one of those gifted teachers who slips in some wisdom along with the sweet stuff on the spoon. We take our medicine from the ancients, the Christian mystics and the scriptures while tasting the “sweetness of her narrative”, says Christian Century magazine about her book, Still, which was the winner of the Christianity Today book award for spirituality. 

Lauren grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. She was born to a Jewish father and Southern Baptist mother. She was raised Jewish before converting to Christianity. 

Lauren writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice. 

She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing. 

Dr. Winner’s aim is to foster a real encounter between each woman present and her deepest, truest self. She does not want to give people a “Spiritual To-do List” to take with them, but to create a space for encounter with the Holy during our time together. 

Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg, NC.

Pledging To Make It All Possible

The constitution and by-laws of the ECW of North Carolina state, “To have voting privileges (at the Annual Meeting) a Church must have paid a pledge to the Diocesan Church Women’s budget for the current year.” These funds help to carry out the work of women’s ministries throughout the Anglican Communion, our country, our province and our diocese.

While our yearly gathering is open to all, those churches current with their pledge are entitled to send up to five voting delegates to Annual Meeting. Anyone belonging to a church that does not have an ECW and who would like to participate in the Annual Meeting as a voting member can pay $10.00 in the name of their church and be entitled to voting delegate status.

The diocesan ECW treasurer, Mary Hawkins, has mailed statements to current pledging churches. Contact her at treasurer^ecw-nc#org or (919) 682-4647 if you didn’t receive your statement or have questions about it.

Going Green in 2018! Communication with churches will be via electronic format. Requests for printed statements and/or documents will be available for $10.00 per year, beginning Wednesday January 31, 2018