She Is Called: OPEN Conversations for Women in Leadership

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West End Collegiate Church

245 West 77th Street

New York, NY 10024

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The OPEN Network and West End Collegiate Church are thrilled to invite you to She Is Called!

She Is Called: OPEN Conversations for Women in Leadership is a conference, a gathering, a jumping off point for women in leadership to begin connecting and discussing issues surrounding their faith, womanhood, and calling. The conference will take place in New York City, at West End Collegiate Church, May 2-4, 2017. Space is limited, so register today!

She Is Called is not a typical conference. Your time will not be focused on presenters imparting their wisdom to you as an attendee. Instead, sessions will be conversational and content will form collaboratively. Everyone who identifies as a woman is welcome to join us. It's our hope to host women from all backgrounds, fields, and forms of leadership who are interested in exploring how God is calling them through their womanhood and their work.

We have crafted this gathering out of our firm belief that the leadership of women is key to forming just and generous faith in the coming years. Women’s leadership is at the fore of public thought and is in no way uncontested, especially in the church.

We want to be intentional about empowering women by bringing together people who care about the future of faith and want to see the generous diversity for which we strive in the world modeled in church leadership. Coming together in conversation to share our experiences, hopes, and fears will create solidarity to empower us as we continue to move toward a greater equality.


For this gathering we’ve chosen five topics that impact women in church leadership. Our incredible conversation facilitators have collected readings and media for each topic to help you develop your thoughts. Prep as little or as much as you’d like prior to our coming together. You can read/absorb provided material for all the topics, only the ones you're interested in, or just jump in when you get here.

Facilitators will be there to keep things rolling, ask questions to spur further thinking, and guide the process, but your thoughts and insights will be the content. To ensure everyone's involvement in crafting the conversations, only 50 tickets will be available.

She Is Called will also offer holistic offerings like yoga and contemplation and service opportunities like the West End Taste of Heaven Soup Church.


History—What history of womanhood has influenced you? What is your history?

Art—What art has influenced you? What art have you created out of the tension of these spaces (written, visual, music)?

Knowing—When did you know? What do you sense as you move forward?

Logistics—How do you manage? What do you think could make that easier?

Activism—How do you want to be active in the world? What do you want to change? How?

Between conversations, we'll get to hear from four powerful leaders, who will share their insights and experiences with us in keynote sessions. Our keynote speakers are Jes Kast, Jacqui Lewis, Neichelle Guidry, Susan Cottrell, and Paula Stone Williams.


Our hope is that out of our time together, you gain new information and insight to guide your work. We hope you will make new connections to people who share your vision so that your work will be amplified and enriched. We believe these conversations will lead to actionable outcomes that will impact our faith and world in real ways.


10am Check In (Parlor)

11:00am Keynote: Jes Kast (Sanctuary)

12:00pm Lunch (Parlor)

1:00pm Conversation on History (Chapel)

2:30pm Conversation on Art (Chapel)

4:00pm Soup Church at West End Collegiate Church (Chapel)

6:30pm Dinner (on your own)

8:30pm Keynote: Susan Cottrell (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, May 3

8:30am Breakfast and Coffee (Parlor)

9:30am Conversation on Logistics (Chapel)

11:00am Keynote: Neichelle Guidry (Sanctuary)

12:00pm Lunch (Parlor)

1:00pm Conversations on Activism (Chapel)

2:30pm Conversations on Knowing (Chapel)

4:00pm Art OPEN Mic (Chapel)

6pm Dinner (on your own) or Taize Service at West End Collegiate Church (Chapel)

8pm Keynote: Jacqui Lewis (Sanctuary)

Thursday, May 4

9:00am Breakfast and Coffee (Parlor)

10:00am Coffee and Closing Conversation (Parlor)

11:30am Keynote: Paula Stone Williams (Sanctuary)


All conference events will take place at West End Collegiate Church, 245 W. 77th St. New York, NY 10024.

Continental breakfast and bottomless coffee will be provided at West End Collegiate Church Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and is included in your registration cost.

Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday will also be provided at West End Collegiate Church and is included in your registration cost.

Dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday will not be provided, and attendees are encouraged to try out local restaurants! Here are some good ones in the area.

We have secured a room block at the Hotel Newton, at 2528 Broadway and W 95th St. (one block from the 96th St 1 train stop and 2 stops from the church). A reservation link will be available soon.

We also recommend searching Trivago for other affordable hotel options ("upper west side hotel" returns options near the church).

If you are interested in staying in an Airbnb with a group, please email Carla: carla@convergenceus.org.

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