From Reconciling Ministries Network
WOW2003: God's Deliverance Is For All
A gathering of sexually and gender diverse Christians from the U.S.
and Canada. August 14-17, 2003, University of Pennsylvania,
Planning News�May 2003
WOW2003 will be the largest-ever ecumenical gathering of
LGBT-affirming Christian groups, individuals and allies. You won't
want to miss this amazing assembly of the people of God!
PLAN TO ARRIVE ON AUGUST 13TH TO ATTEND THE PRE-WOW UM DAY ACTIVITES
ON THE 14TH � PLANNED BY THE RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK. FOR MORE
INFORMATION ON UM DAY GO TO http://www.wow2k.org
and click on EVENT
DETAILS then click on OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.
Registrations Pouring In
More than 300 persons have registered for WOW2003 in the first month
that registration has been open--promising a truly massive WOW2003
gathering. Even though the deadline for the early registration
discount has passed, encourage persons to register sooner than later.
This will ensure that you get your workshop
choices and also a place at the WOW2003 table. There is a limit to
the number of registrants that can be accommodated at the conference
Complete registration information can be found on the web site:
You can either register online
or download a registration form there. You can also receive printed
registration materials by emailing info@...
Scholarship Requests Due by 6/20
Requests for scholarships to assist with the costs of WOW2003
participation are due by June 20th. Scholarships requests are based
upon need--applicants are asked to calculate the amount of funds they
can provide and raise from other sources (churches and other groups,
friends and family) and deduct that amount from
the total cost of participating in WOW2003. WOW2003 hopes to be able
to provide some financial assistance to enable participation of a
large number of persons who could not otherwise come to WOW2003.
The scholarship policy, tips on finding support and a scholarship
request form can be found on the web site:
Or you can request this
information in writing by emailing info@...
Need Info After Registering?
After you register for WOW you will receive an email confirmation
(mailed to persons without email access) a few days after your
registration is received. Be sure to review this confirmation to make
sure all of your registration information is recorded correctly.
Report any errors or changes promptly to registrar@...
will receive a final confirmation in late July or
early August with detailed information on what to bring with you,
local transportation, where to go when you arrive on the Penn campus,
parking options, etc. This information will also be posted on the web
site as these details are finalized.
If possible, please refrain from sending these questions to the
Registrar in the coming weeks so she can focus on processing and
confirming registrations. However, if you have a question about
special circumstances, contact us and someone will respond as soon as
Introducing More Amazing Speakers at WOW2003
Preacher Mari Castellanos, Cuban-American, has lived an activist life
since adolescence. For many years she was part of the GLBT struggle
in the Roman Catholic Church as a member of Dignity and the
Conference For Catholic Lesbians where she exercised positions of
leadership at local and national levels. Since then, her field of
activism has widened to include environmental justice, the
struggle of farmworkers, racial/ethnic issues and the justice and
peace movement at large. Fortunately, she gets to pursue all of those
in her work at the UCC Public Life and Social Policy Office in
Washington, DC. Mari is an ordained UCC minister. She has lived with
her life partner Diana for 21 years. They're both avid
birdwatchers and spend most of their free time and money out in
nature engaging in this "hobby" (it's a sport!).
Breakfast Dialogue leader Chris Glaser has been busy and prolific as
always, leading workshop and retreats as well as working on several
books. His most recent book is on the life and writings of Henri
Nouwen, a Roman Catholic priest and writer on the spiritual life.
"Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy" (Pilgrim Press,
2002) also reflects how Chris's own spirituality was shaped by his
former Yale professor and friend, who died in 1996. Glaser has also
written his first religious murder mystery, a spoof entitled "A
Presbyterian Murder: A John Boswell Mystery," set in the fictional
town of Crowbar, Mississippi and featuring a narrator/protagonist who
is a spiritual profiler of crime scenes.
Currently, Chris is devoting his spare time to writing a more serious
book about what death has taught him spiritually, entitled "The Final
So Many Workshop Opportunities
Reflecting our strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, the
workshops at WOW2003 will include a wide variety of presenters and
topics touching on the LGBTQ Christian community. Workshop planners
have given special attention to developing workshops on the subject
of race. Workshops in this area include : Rev.
Patrick Cheng on "Queer Asians and the Church" ; Dr. Sylvia Rhue on
"Deep Fried Dogma: the Black Church and Its Deliberate Dance with
Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs" ; Rev. Edwin Sanders on "The Whosoever
Church: Welcoming Lesbians and Gay Men Into African- American
Congregations" ; Rev. David North on "Sexuality and
HIV/AIDS in the Black Church" ; Rev. Eric Law on
"Interracial/Intercultural Issues in the GLBTQ Community" ; Ralph
Williams on parallels between the African-American and LGBTQ
experience and going "Beyond Welcoming," and Rev. Tonyia Rawls and
Elder Robert M Vanzant on "Two Churches, Many Stories", a look at the
evolution of Faith Temple and the Unity Fellowship Church Movement �
two predominantly African-American churches with a special ministry
with the LGBTQ community. Some workshops will be built around films
to further explore issues of race and ethnicity, including "De
Colores : Unlearning Homophobia in the Latino Community" and "All
God's Children," a film about homophobia, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ folks and
the African -American Church.
Smaller Worship Events Around the Edges
In addition to the large, plenary worship events each day at WOW2003,
there will be several spiritual growth and worship opportunities in
smaller, alternative settings. You may choose to begin each day with
Guided Morning Prayer or end it with a quiet Evening Reflection
service. A Healing Service will happen on
Saturday evening, as well as a Roman Catholic Mass. As with all
events at WOW2003, the alternative worship services will be
facilitated by exceptional leaders who will create experiences you
won't want to miss!
Soul Food Cafe Features New Performers...(No, Not Karaoke)
The Soul Food Cafe at WOW2003 will be a showcase for outstanding and
emerging talent. In a coffeehouse atmosphere, you can enjoy the rich
melodies of instrumental music, poetry, inspirational soloists,
storytelling, and praise-full singing. JOY will be served at the
Soul Food Cafe on Friday and Saturday afternoons. If you are
interested or know of someone who would like to be featured at the
Soul Food Cafe, contact Cafe Coordinator John Fletcher at
Spread the Word
Please pass on this WOW2003 Update to friends and lists you think
would be interested. Encourage persons to sign on to our email list
in order to get these occasional reports in the
Marco Grimaldo & Wanda Floyd, WOW2003 co-facilitators
Mark Bowman, WOW2003 coordinator
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