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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Emerging Women Midwest Gathering
Emerging Women Midwest Gathering
Beyond the Castle Walls—Re-Imagining the Kingdom
March 16-18, 2007

Stronghold Conference Center
Oregon, IL

Emerging Women are gathering again this March in a castle retreat center outside of Chicago to “Re-imagine the Kingdom.” This gathering is open to women of all ages and cultures, ministers and lay-persons, from all denominations, and at all points on their journeys of faith. You are invited to a weekend of reflection and worship, theology and praxis, teaching and learning, and (of course) friendship, food, and fun.

We will explore the stories of women who re-imagined the kingdom by challenging the dominant assumptions of their cultures in order to serve God. We will re-imagine our worship as we explore our spiritual voices and how we connect with God. We will examine how the church is being re-imagined in our emerging, postmodern world. Our time there together will refresh us and give us a vision (a new imagining) for our spiritual lives as we serve in God’s Kingdom.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. We expect to learn from and encourage each other – through our stories, our knowledge, our questions, and our passions. This is a gathering of community and its outcomes will rest on what the community has brought to it.

The Emerging Women Midwest Gathering will be held March 16-18 (Friday evening til noon Sunday) at the Stronghold Conference Center in Oregon, IL. Oregon is in NW Illinois, about two hours from Chicago. Limited airport runs from the Chicago area airports (Rockford, O’Hare, and Midway) will be provided. We will be staying in dormitory-style housing in a modern-day castle. The cost for the gathering is $140, which includes the registration costs, 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, and snacks. There are a very limited number of private rooms and family accommodations available (at extra cost), so please contact us as soon as possible if you require either. Some scholarships and student rates are also available.

To register click here.

Get the word out, tell your friends, help us let others know about this gathering. If you would like to be sent a file of the event brochure to print out for your church, cohort, school, or friends please let us know.

We hope to see you at the Castle!

For more information contact –
Julie Clawson –

Sarah Notton


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  • At 1/04/2007 09:22:00 AM, Blogger a journey

    Great creative thinking in this event already with the play on words with the name and the place it will be held at.

    I would like to be there ... need to take a look at my life to see if it is possible.

  • At 1/11/2007 01:37:00 AM, Anonymous reba

    I wish this was closer to Nashville. I would love to go!

  • At 1/12/2007 11:44:00 AM, Anonymous ppb

    I'm not emergent and not midwestern anymore, but I wanted to chime in and say that Stronghold is an AWESOME site. You're going to have a great time.

  • At 2/11/2007 08:35:00 PM, Blogger Lori

    Just wondering if anyone in the throng of emergent women in West Michigan is considering attending this conference? I'm thinking about heading over there, but would love company on the drive.

  • At 2/13/2007 01:03:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    hey Lori - I know of a few West Michigan women who are thinking of attending. Some are waiting to see if they can find a ride before they register. email me at emergingwomen@gmail.com if you are interested in getting connected with them.