2018 WomenConnect Retreat

The WomenConnect Retreat offers a unique conference experience to any female-identified attendee who wishes to attend. It will take place Thursday afternoon, before the conference begins, and will include great speakers, fellowship, and music.

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

Purchase your ticket today! Registration includes dinner.

2018 WomenConnect Speaker

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.

Announcing the 2018 Mother Eagle Award!

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We are thrilled to announce that this year's recipient of the Mother Eagle Award is...

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.

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!

Bringing a group? Enter discount code FRIENDS18 to get 5% off any order of five or more tickets.