2018 WomenConnect Retreat


The WomenConnect Retreat offers a unique and inspiring conference experience to any female-identified attendee of the Gay Christian Network Conference.

Taking place on the Thursday afternoon before the first general session of the GCN conference, the retreat will include:

·        Three Terrific Speakers

·        Worship music by Rachel Francis

·        Bible Study

·        Fellowship and Testimony

·        Great Gifts and Prizes

·        Emcee Aimee Kelley

·        Dinner

Come prepared to learn more about how you can grow with God and with your sisters in Christ.  Scroll down to learn more!

Purchase your ticket today! Registration includes dinner.

2018 WomenConnect Speakers

Rev. Dr. Jenny Morgan

Rev. Dr. Jenny Morgan

Rev. Dr. Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan likes playing Tama drums and she’s an avid road cyclist. Jenny grew up a coal miner’s daughter, the oldest of four kids, in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She discovered a real and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ sometime early in the 70’s under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, some Pentecostal friends, and reading the Bible voraciously.

She loves people, particularly her 13 nieces and nephews, most of whom live far too far away. She earned a bachelors degree in music from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. After serving happily for 23 years in Youth for Christ/Campus Life, along with doing a bunch of writing, speaking, and teaching, she finally became a pastor. 


Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

First openly lesbian bishop to be elected in the United Methodist Church.

On July 15, 2016 Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto became the first openly lesbian bishop to be elected in the United Methodist Church. She was elected as bishop of both the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conference of the UMC. Prior to that she was the senior pastor at the fifth largest UMC congregation in the US.  

“My task is to listen to lives that are different from my own, to hear their challenges and concerns as they encounter the world. Together, we can protect each other’s humanity, rights, and freedoms. Together, we can stand for peace and justice. Together, we can push back the forces of hatred and inhumanity.”  - Read more on her blog.


Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder

2018 Mother Eagle Award Recipient!

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder

Bishop Flunder has been a tireless advocate of our community and an unapologetic disciple and proponent of the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. We are thrilled to honor her legacy and express our gratitude. Bishop Flunder will accept the 2018 Mother Eagle Award during the WomenConnect retreat and share some of her thoughts with those present. The award will be officially presented on the main stage during General Session 1 in conjunction with her keynote speech.

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The Mother Eagle Award was jointly created by GCN and Christian Feminism Today in 2017 to honor women who have taken the lead in advocating for LGBTQIA equality in Christianity. The name of the award comes from Deuteronomy 32:11: “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft” 

The first award was presented at the 2017 WomenConnect Retreat in Pittsburgh to author and professor Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, for her many contributions to LGBTQIA Christian scholarship, and a lifetime of courageous advocacy for equality in the church.

Join us January 18–21, 2018 in Denver, Colorado!

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