Embrace 2018: Clergywomen's Transformational Event
Embrace 2018: Virginia Clergywomen's Transformational Event

Let the Women Gather ~ September 25-26, 2018
Virginia Crossings Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA, 23059
Dr. HiRho Park
Dr HiRho Park, our Keynote Speaker, is the Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning in The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of The United Methodist Church. She oversees the continuing education and spiritual formation for clergy and provides support for United Methodist clergywomen, as well as racial and ethnic clergy in areas of theological education, enlistment, and research. She is known for her innovative approach to ministry in areas like facilitating regional and global gatherings of UM clergywomen and creating the UMC Cyber Campus (www.umccybercampus.com), clergy peer group ministries, online clergy coach training programs, and mentoring programs for racial-ethnic clergy. Dr Park is an inspiring speaker and a gifted mentor.

She is a co-editor of Breaking through the Stained Glass Ceiling (2013). Her new book, Developing Multicultural Competence is forthcoming soon.
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, was born and raised in Statesboro, Ga. in a loving Methodist family where individuals have answered God’s call to serve the church and to minister to God’s people. A graduate of Mercer University (B.S., Biology, 1985), the University of West Georgia (M.S., Biology, 1988) and Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div., 1999), Bishop Lewis worked as a research biologist and chemist prior to surrendering to God’s call upon her life.

Bishop Lewis envisions a clergywomen’s retreat where she will gather with all of the Virginia Conference Clergywomen for a time of reclaiming our call and passion, building unity, becoming lifelong learners and strengthening one another on our faith journeys.

Her full bio and list of honors and accomplishments can be found at www.vaumc.org/BishopLewis
Ms. Amy Cox
Amy Cox, our Worship Leader, is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, and worship leader with a deep passion for God, people, and stories. Her two independent albums, Coming Home to You (2014), and Chasing Light (Christmas 2017), interweave stories, prayers, and scripture with simple, beautiful melodies. A modern day vagabond, Amy often embarks cross-country, traveling from living room to living room, playing intimate house shows and sharing stories.

Amy currently serves as Worship Leader at Restoration Church in Reston, VA. Learn more at amycoxmusic.com.