“Gather Us In” 2011
Acknowledging and Affirming God’s Grace in Our Lives.
“Gather Us In 2011” is taking place on
Saturday, November 5 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
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We are pleased to present
two outstanding keynote speakers and 4 stimulating workshops at this event:
Liz Walker, a veteran television journalist, ordained minister, and humanitarian has spent the last ten years helping to build a Girls’ school in a small village in Southern Sudan as part of the work of a grassroots humanitarian group she co-founded called My Sister’s Keeper. This transformative experience serves as the basis for Liz’s moving, funny and heartfelt keynote called “Grace Moves-What Happens When God Calls.”
A 2005 graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Walker first traveled to Sudan in the summer of 2001 to investigate a controversial slave trade that was a part of that country’s twenty-one year civil war. Outraged by what she saw, Walker co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian group that has successfully built the first of its kind girls’ school in the village of Akon, South Sudan. Walker, an Emmy Award winner who left television news after 21 years as one of Boston’s most popular news anchors, produced a documentary profiling the work of My Sister’s Keeper called “A Glory from the God.”
Walker is currently the executive producer and host of “Better Living” on WCVB-TV in Boston. She serves on the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Board of the Tufts Health Foundation, the Board of Trustees for Andover Newton Theological Institute and the advisory board for the New England Chapter of the United Nation’s International Children’s Education Fund. She is the founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC, Communications Specialists, focused on corporate public engagement and non-profit capacity building.
Kathy Sherman is a singer, composer and poet. Her passion is for composing music that extends healing, hope and justice . . . music that fosters unity of all neighbors with one another and God. Kathy’s passion finds expression in the music and lyrics she has been writing for more than 40 years. She is inspired by the ordinary of life with its power to reveal the sacred and the beautiful. Kathy is deeply committed to the protection and healing of Planet Earth and has a strong commitment to Earth issues.
Kathy has published 18 CDs of music which are being shared and sung throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. Her two most recent are “Walk with Me,” songs for peace and non-violence, and “Song of the Universe” which tells the story of the unfolding universe. Kathy holds a B.S. of Ed. from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and has her studio in LaGrange Park, Il.
Kathy will speak on Gratitude . . . A Way of Life:
The more thankful we are, the more deeply we experience the breadth and depth of living. Gratitude graces us with the capacity to dwell in the joys, sorrows and mystery of life and relationship. A thankful heart teaches us how to be a blessing of hope and goodness for others. A thankful heart is a heart filled with God. In story and song we will celebrate and give thanks for the blessing in all that is.
Workshops take place after each keynote address. There are 4 to choose from; you will have a chance to attend 2 of the workshops during the day:
Workshop #1: PAT GOHN
What Return Can I Make to The Lord For All He Has Given to Me?
Exploring Active Responsiveness and Spiritual Motherhood.
Pat Gohn (rhymes with “phone”) is a wife and mother to three young adults. She holds a Masters in theology and has a special love for adult faith formation. Pat writes regular columns about Catholic subject matter at Catholic Exchange, Catholic Mom, and the Catholic portal at Patheos.com.
Her blog, “Among Women,” supports the mission of her weekly podcast of the same name with over 100 episodes thus far. “Among Women” celebrates the beauty of Catholic faith and life from a woman’s perspective. In 2009, its format and message was recognized at the Catholic New Media Awards. And, “Among Women” became an affiliate of the Star Quest Production Network, an international apostolate of Catholic podcasters.
In 2010, Lisa Hendey of Faith and Family Magazine listed Pat as one of the 10 Most Fascinating Catholics of the year.
Besides speaking in churches, conferences, and retreat settings, Pat shares her faith on EWTN radio and Sacred Heart Radio, as a guest of the Sonrise Morning Show.
Workshop #2: ELIZABETH DREYER
Women as Grassroots Theologians
What happens when you say to yourself, “I am A Theologian?” Some think of theology as an esoteric study removed from the joys and sorrows of everyday life. This workshop invites you not only to think about theology in a very different key, but also to see how all baptized Christians are called to participate in the theological process. Until the 20th century, virtually all Christian theology was done by men, so it is imperative to include the voices of women in this important aspect of spirituality and the church’s work.
Elizabeth A. Dreyer, PhD (Marquette University) is Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. She has also taught at the Catholic University of America and the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. She writes and lectures on theologies of the Holy Spirit, contemporary lay spirituality, women’s spirituality, medieval mysticism, the cross, the retrieval of the Christian tradition for the 21st century, and medieval Christian women. She is the General Editor of the eight-volume series, Called To Holiness: Spirituality for Catholic Women (St. Anthony Messenger Press: www.calledtoholiness.org) and the author of the first volume, Making Sense of God: A Woman’s Perspective. In 2004, she received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, OH, awarded each year to a woman for outstanding contributions to Catholic theology in the United States. She lives in Hamden, CT with her husband, John B. Bennett, Provost Emeritus, Quinnipiac University.
Workshop #3: CHRISTIN JEZAK
Play Description of Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project
Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project deals with encountering Jesus in every person through the lens of Mother Teresa. It includes a series of monologues of different types of people in our society that Mother reached out to that tend to be forgotten (ex. a homeless man, a disabled woman, etc.). There are 6 characters available including Mother Teresa, all of whom Christin portrays.
Christin Jezak performed Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project for the Official Youth Festival of World Youth Day ’08 in Sydney, Australia. The one-woman play was developed at Villanova University as Jezak’s Graduate Oral’s Project for her M.A. in theatre. She has also performed Person-to-Person for Vagabond Acting Troupe’s 10 Minute Solo Festival (Philadelphia); Vanity House Theatre Festival (Philadelphia); Catholic Underground Philly; Catholic Underground Northern, PA; Rachel’s Vineyard International Conference; Stonehill College; Villanova University’s Respect Life Week; and Immaculata University. For the last three years, Christin has toured at solo festivals, various events and venues, and schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Last year, she developed and began touring with her newest one-woman play Baggage – one version of the play for teens and one for adults. While at Villanova University, Christin was seen in such plays as The Tempest, Urinetown, and Our Town. She earned her B.A. in theatre from Bridgewater State University and was seen in such roles as Bella from Big Love and Berta from Pippin. She has been experimenting with prayer-based theatre for over seven years. In 2003, she started a ministry called Immaculate Art Ministries, which toured Massachusetts and beyond. She also offers workshops on bringing the Gospel to life using prayer and theatre techniques. Christin has performed in various plays and worked in a number of films in Massachusetts/Rhode Island. She strives to do theatre which inspires, uplifts, and stirs society.
Workshop #4: CONFERENCE TALK-BACK: YOUR TURN
We listened and we heard you loud and clear . . . your feedback from our 2009 “Gather Us In” Conference let us know that you wanted time to process and talk about the featured speakers’ presentations.
This workshop provides you the opportunity to both reflect upon and discuss the ways in which the keynote presentations relate to you and your lives.