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Women’s Connection

The Greatest of These is Love

Women coming together in an open and welcoming community to be challenged and inspired, to rest and be renewed, and to discover who God wants us to be

A Montreat Conference Center Event
August 9–11, 2019

On-site registration available from 4:00–6:00pm
Assembly Inn upper lobby on August 9th.

Scripture tells us that: “Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love ” (1 Cor 13:13).  God loves us anew, every single day. Because of that love, we are called to love, too–to choose love over and over. Valarie Kaur, in her 20I7 Ted Talk, asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. In a time of rage, she says, the bravest choice is to love anew, every single day. Join us as we sing, share, and learn about love–God’s love for us, love for our neighbors near and far, love for ourselves, love through hospitality, love through our congregations. Join us as we proclaim: The greatest of these is love.

Women’s Connection 2019 will be a time to connect with old and new friends. It will be a time to care for yourself, a time for space and Sabbath. Our hope is you will experience spiritual nourishment, inspiration, and discernment. Our prayer is you will feel God’s loving presence.

Scripture passages we will study: 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 22:36-39, John 13:34-35, Isaiah 43:1-4

Presenters Package

Presenters Package tickets are now live! For $90, you can see both Valarie Kaur and Amy Grant speak at Montreat. For tickets and more information about the package, click here.

Event Leadership

Valarie Kaur – Keynote Speaker

Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Her social justice campaigns have helped win policy change on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. She founded Groundswell Movement, the Yale Visual Law Project and Faithful Internet, initiatives that equip new generations with tools for social change. During her work, inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, and at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a public ethic and wellspring for social change. Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. She has an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of the California Bar. Born and raised in Clovis, California, Valarie lives in her home state with her film partner/husband Sharat Raju, son Kavi, and daughter Ananda.

Rev. Jenny McDevitt – Preacher

Jenny McDevitt has served as senior pastor and head of Staff at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church since April 2018. Prior to MAPC, Jenny served at Village Presbyterian Church outside of Kansas City as pastor of pastoral care for six years. She was ordained at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, MI, where she began in ministry back in 2009.

Jenny reads voraciously, runs slowly, hopes relentlessly, drinks too much coffee, and strives to take the gospel very seriously and to take herself less seriously. It’s a work in progress.

Carla Dos Santos-Webb – Music Leader

Music has played a major role in Carla Dos Santos-Webb's life as a singer-songwriter and worship leader. Raised in Apex, NC, Carla followed God's direction towards music in her later teenage years. She earned a BS majoring in music while receiving her Bible certificate at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Carla has witnessed the power of worship to bring healing and meaning in a variety of contexts and cultures from large, blended traditional/contemporary churches in the Carolinas to a multi-ethnic house church in Italy. She seeks to point to God's presence and power through youth ministry, mentorship, and the daily grind of a Christ-centered life. Today, Carla continues to lead worship at different churches in the Carolinas and to touch people through worship, music, and life's ongoing journeys.

Amy Grant – Special Guest

Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian music on the map, becoming the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY Awards. Since then, Grant has been strumming her way through a thirty-plus year adventure as a singer-songwriter, author, television host, and speaker. Over the years, she has sold more than 30 million albums world-wide, including three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold. Grant resides with her family in Nashville, TN, and is widely known for her philanthropy and tireless involvement in local causes and charitable organizations. Her own organization, The Helping Hands Foundation, has afforded her the opportunity to identify needs around her and the resources to help meet them, which has proven to be the sweetest reward of all.

Sunday morning, August 11, Amy Grant will be joining us as we close out the conference.

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