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Critical Issues Seminar: Wisdom of Women

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Guilford College United Methodist Church

1205 Fleming Road

Greensboro, NC 27410

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The NC Council of Churches' 2018 Critical Issues Seminar will focus on women. The theme for this daylong event is "The Wisdom of Women" and will cover topics such as the Equal Rights Amendment, sexual harassment and work place policy, elected office, health care, and public education. This conference is for people of all ages, genders, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. Co-sponsors for this year's event are AFL-CIO, Church Women United, Women Advance NC, MomsRising, NARAL, ERA NC, and the NC Faith Forward Coalition.

Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m.

Opening worship will begin at 9 a.m. and be led by The Rev. Dr. Donna Coletrane Battle. Donna is a native of Yanceyville, NC and currently serves as the chaplain at Meredith College. She was ordained in May 2005 by the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. Donna holds a BA in Public Relations from NC A&T State University, a M.Div. from Duke University and recently earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University.

Following worship at 10:15 a.m. Anita Earls will deliver this year's keynote address. Anita is a civil rights attorney with 30 years experience litigating voting rights and other civil rights cases in partnership with community-based organizations. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Durham, North Carolina.

After lunch, a variety of workshops will be offered in two sessions.

Workshop Session One:

Equality Denied: Women’s Rights Campaign Reignites
Marena Groll, Co-President, ERA-NC Alliance
Lori Bunton, Secretary, ERA-NC Alliance

#MeToo and #TimesUp unfold on the heels of a game-changing, renewed push for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) across the country. Learn how the ERA has roared back to life in our state legislature and why we will keep losing in courts without it. Examine last year’s historic passage of the ERA in Nevada after 40 years of silence.

The Great Commission Through Transition: Critical Issues of Formerly Incarcerated Women
Kaye Ward, Program Assistant, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
Learn more about how your community can help women who are transitioning from prison navigate the barriers of employment, housing, reunification with family, and stigma.

The State of Reproductive Rights in North Carolina
Tara Romano, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina

Once a Southern state that had relatively liberal abortion and reproductive rights laws, North Carolina has in the past few years become one of the most restrictive states for reproductive health. Join us to discuss the state of reproductive rights, health and justice in North Carolina.

Mother Earth’s Keepers - Climate Change and the Faith Community
Susannah Tuttle, Program Director, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light
Nicole Johnson, Partners in Health and Wholeness Regional Coordinator, NC Council of Churches
To care for creation and to serve the most vulnerable among us are mandates shared by all major religions. It has become increasingly clear that faith-based messages and messengers provide new angles on issues and are able to lead with a neutral, non-partisan, voice of hope-filled faith. Participants will discuss the wisdom and experience of women relating to the work we do to build communities that respond to taking care of our neighborhoods and the earth.

Workplace Rights
Beth Messersmith, North Carolina Campaign Director, MomsRising

How does workplace policy affect women, especially women who are pregnant? Come learn more about gender inequalities in the workplace that go beyond the wage gap.

Women Organizing for Local Power
Allison Mahaley, Past-President, Orange County Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Allison is a self-proclaimed local organizer. She has organized in her local community around issues such as immigrant rights, public education, and rallies to counter white supremacy in North Carolina. Learn how to organize in your local settings around issues that matter.

NC Churches in Ally-ship with Trans Women
Panelists from the Freedom Center

Learn how you can transform your place of worship into an embracing community for ALL women. This workshop will provide trans-101 information to equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to understand, take action for, and initiate conversations on gender justice.

Making Our Voices Heard: Women in Elected Office
LaMonique Hamilton, Development Manager, Lillian's List

In the 2018 midterm elections a record number of women are running for federal, state, and local political offices. Learn more about how you can become involved in a campaign, as a candidate or one of the many other roles crucial to winning a campaign.

Workshop Session Two:

#MeToo: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Susanna Birdsong, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU of North Carolina
This workshop will cover how sexual harassment is defined in the law, how to identify it, and what you can do about it.

Fertility Grief: Supporting Families Through Infertility, Pregnancy Loss, and Infant Death
Erin K. McClain, MA, MPH, Co-Founder, Project Pomegranate and Assistant Director, UNC Center for Maternal & Infant Health
Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death: these losses are both common and devastating. Often experienced in isolation, or in the shadow of shame, fertility grief deserves more thoughtful attention in the healthcare community and in faith communities. Come and consider what it means to embrace a grief perspective and how attention to fertility grief might be enhanced in your own community.

Overcoming Poverty: Building the Case for Women's Economic Security
Alicia Cook, Public Allies Apprentice, NC Justice Center
This workshop will talk about the economic challenges facing women in North Carolina with a particular focus on trends in work, wages, and poverty. Using data at the state and local levels, Alicia will share some effective ways to use that data, along with stories, to build the case for women's economic security. Key policies will also be identified that can improve women's economic security such as the earned income tax credit, living wage policies, and a stronger unemployment insurance system.

Scripting Women: How the Church Defines Our Roles
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer E. Copeland, Executive Director, North Carolina Council of Churches

Leadership roles within faith communities are carefully scripted and for centuries women were not allowed key leadership positions. In some places, some women now have some leadership roles. What are dynamics that complicate women as leaders in the Church and how has Church history created this conundrum? Nursery volunteer anyone?

Women and the Economy
Catherine Medlock-Walton, NC State Director for Working America, AFL-CIO

The economy is not like the weather; we can change it. We will explore how the economy currently works to only benefit a select few, and leaves women behind. For instance, 66% of minimum wage workers are women and many are people of color. Through organizing and collectively building power, we can change the outlook of working women in our country.

Public Schools: What Teachers and Students Really Need
Lynn Edmonds, Outreach Director, Public Schools First NC
Women represent the majority of teacher and helping professionals in our public schools. Students need these teachers and counselors, social workers and other helping professionals in school to help them be safe and successful. Learn what we really need to provide our schools with and how to better support public educations.

Domestic Violence and the Church: Beyond "Pray, Stay, Obey"
Julie Owens, Expert Consultant, Violence Against Women

One in three women in our pews has been abused. With the advent of #TimesUp and #MeToo, women of faith are becoming emboldened and empowered to speak up, share their stories and demand justice. How will the church respond? Hear about the scope of the problem and how scriptures have been used to control rather than comfort. Learn how to support victims and encourage your church to take action

Health Care and Your Community
Nicole Dozier, Director of Health Advocacy, NC Justice Center

Of the close to 500,00 people in North Carolina who do have have affordable health coverage options, many work in hospitality professions or provide care for our youth, elderly, and disabled - professions in which women are over represented. Let’s problem solve together to insure that all women can access and use quality health care.

Black and White Women: Can We Really Work Together?
Reggie Edwards, Executive Director, The Encouraging Place

For years, it's been said, that black and white women can't work together because of our history and a number of issues that have heretofore, kept us on "our" side of the line. This session opens it up and looks at possibilities.

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