Sep 5, 2014

SISTER CARE – What’s it all about?

Have you heard about Sister Care yet? It is a resource put out by Mennonite Women USA to “address issues of identity, self-care, compassionate listening, loss and grief for women/caregivers in the church”. 

I first heard about Sister Care in January 2012 when I was invited by a group of women from Bayshore Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FL to attend a Sister Care mini-workshop. After a time of worship and singing led by Doris Diener, Minister of Southeast Mennonite Women, about 45 women participated in several activities to help us focus on where we have met God in our lives and how we can work through our relationships towards healing.

 Since that time ongoing conversations between MW USA and MW Canada executive have resulted in an invitation extended by Women of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (WMCEC) for Sister Care presenters, Carolyn Holderread Heggen (L) and Rhoda Shenk Keener (R) to share the seminar with women in Ontario.  

Carolyn and Rhoda are passionate about equipping women for caring ministries and will present 4 sessions as follows:
1.     Claiming our identity as God’s beloved
2.     Caring for self and others
3.     Compassionate listening
4.     Transforming loss and grief

More detailed information about Sister Care can be found at 
MW USA’s website. (click here)

DATE:  Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 2014
LOCATION:  Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, Cambridge, ON
REGISTRATION is limited so please register early. Cost of registration is $60 payable to WMCEC ($70.00 after September 19). Overnight accommodations and meals are recommended and payable through the Conference Centre. Cost for room and meals: $105 to $125. Food only: $75.

For more information contact 
Phyllis Ramer 519-236-7332, 
Dorothy Hamm 905-562-7443 or

Phyllis, WMCEC Coordinator says:  "We have been blessed by financial support from the MCEC Go and Grow Fund and Mennonite Savings and Credit Union.  Because of their generosity, we are able to keep costs for participants below $200 for this quality seminar." 

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