The Wesley Women’s Conference is a free, two day conference for women at OSU and Northern Oklahoma College. The Wesley Women’s Conference is about providing a space for self-definition and purpose with other women. It’s about making meaning of our lives: together.
Our stories provide rich insight into God’s movement in our lives. Throughout this two day conference–through worship, small groups, the arts, and prayer–dig deeply into your own story, and hear other women’s stories, to discover God’s purpose for your life. Our featured speakers are artists, activists, and spiritual directors who will share their own stories, and lead activities to help you discover the most faithful path for your own life. Conference activities include:
Listening for God’s Movement in Your Story
Use the tools of prayerful contemplation and small groups to discover the ways God is placing particular intentions upon your life.
Imagining God’s Purpose through the Arts
Cultivate your imagination through the arts to creatively express how you are living into God’s intentions.
Putting Your Passions into Action
Live out God’s call as you learn skills for grassroots planning and organizing to begin to put your passions into action.
When: February 21 & 22, 2020
Where: OSU Wesley Foundation | 823 W University
Who: This event is open to all collegiate women at OSU and NOC
Dori Grinenko Baker is senior fellow at the Forum for Theological Education (FTE). She is an ordained United Methodist elder and holds a PhD in practical theology. Dori is passionate about enlarging the genre of stories, images, and artifacts for helping people find meaning and discover purpose. Her interests lie at the intersection of feminist theologies, young adult culture, leadership development, and spiritual practices that sustain activism. She is the author Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women and several other books. www.doribaker.com
Kate is a graphic recorder and visual facilitator who is passionate about illustrating ideas to creatively and collaboratively address the complex challenges of our time. Using a diverse toolbox of creative and participatory strategic design elements including Theater of the Oppressed, Permaculture design principles, Non-Violent Communication, and Social Artistry Kate works with innovating clients globally to create political art that inspires social shifts by inviting participants towards forms of knowing and sensing rooted in symbol, metaphor and story. They believe that the process of “harvesting” is to co-create a cartography of conversation in which we use memory, affect, intuition and maybe even divination to collectively make meaning. Kate is a college walk-out with an academic background in women, gender & sexuality studies and alternative education. Since 2015 they have been a founding member of Ecoversities, an emergent network of global leaders experimenting with decolonial learning projects and the Decolonial Futures Collective designing pedagogical experiments that center indigenous spiritual traditions. Most recently their work brought them to Mexico to reconnect with ancestral land and begin a path of becoming a healing practitioner through Terapia Nierika. At home, Kate plays capoeira, grows food and parents in community.
Erica Littlewolf is Northern Cheyenne from southeastern Montana. She attended college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota and double majored in Psychology and Native American Studies. She currently works for Mennonite Central Committee Central States with the Indigenous Visioning Circle. Erica has had the opportunity to travel extensively around the globe meeting with Indigenous Peoples and works to build solidarity and address oppressive patterns. She is committed to the work of decolonization, authentic relationships, historical trauma and traditional healing methods. She applies her life experience, with formal and informal education to social justice issues and how they affect Indigenous people, especially women.
Kristia Oney Graduated from the Wimberly School of religion at Oklahoma City University in 2011 and married her college sweetheart, Nathan Oney, in 2013. During her time at OCU Kristia helped co-create OCU’s Kappa Phi Beauty Week, which seeks to promote and encourage self-love and realizing inner beauty. Kristia has worked as a youth pastor, young adult minister, yoga teacher, and eating disorder treatment professional. Kristia enjoys rock climbing, cuddling with her puppies, and watching the leaves change color.
“What am I supposed to do with my life?”
“God, where are you?”
Have you ever asked these questions? Have you ever been told, “The Bible says (fill-in-the-blank) about women?” Or, “You are … you should … you can’t …?”
Well, we have, too. Here is just one story of a woman in our midst navigating the challenges of finding purpose:
The end of my college life was nothing like I had expected. I believed that Jesus had called me to save the world (in some capacity) and that I would marry someone who would live out this dream with me.
The reality? I returned home my last semester from a five-month-long study abroad experience feeling very, very small and was soon broken up with by my boyfriend at the time. He didn’t like the questions I was asking, and our lives were quickly going in two different directions.
Though I was graduating with honors and recognition, I was mentally confused, emotionally exhausted, physically depressed, and spiritually frustrated. The simplistic answers of my childhood no longer answered the complex questions of my daily life.
God, where are you? And, what am I supposed to do with my life?
I wish that I AM had been available to me when I was your age – it could have changed everything about those years of my life. Most notably, I could have developed the strength to push back against other theologies, to share my experiences with older women, and to learn how to hear the voice of God while discovering my own.
So, for you, the invitation is open. Why don’t you join us? And, let’s explore together “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
Because back in college, I was sort of wrong — and, sort of right. I’m not called to save the world (you’re not either). But, I am called to Love God and Love People – and, I now believe that begins with listening to the One who says, “I AM” and includes my own voice saying to myself and to the world, “I am…”
We are grateful for a three-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., which makes the I AM Conference possible.