Saturday, April 24, 2004

Conference goal is unity for women



By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

SYMMES TOWNSHIP - A local women's group hopes to bring women closer to one another and to God through a three-day conference next weekend.

The conference is called "True Unity Among Sisters."

Topics include women taking care of each other, worshipping together despite different races and denominations and being supportive of other women with leadership roles in the church, said Monta Williams, founder of the Cincinnati-based Building Virtuous Women of God.

"We hope women will leave with a true understanding of unity, an accountability to their sisters and be able to rise above our own insecurities to worship and work together," she said.

Debra Neal, founder of the Toledo-based God's Women in Ministry, also is an organizer. The conference will offer additional general sessions that are free and open to the public - including men - at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"We want to see the love of the Lord move women in a mighty way that weekend, find themselves and grow in God, kinship and fellowship," Neal said. "We want them to see they can be empowered by the Holy Spirit and do the things God has called them to do, whether it be teaching or preaching or reaching out in their communities."

Thursday's open session is at Living Word Fellowship, 9781 Fields Ertel Road, Symmes Township. For more information, contact Williams at 774-9678.

INTERFAITH SERVICE: The Northern Kentucky Interfaith Commission will host an Interfaith Yom HaShoah service at 2 p.m. Sunday. The service for Holocaust Memorial Day will be at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills.

The Rev. Hubert G. Locke, a writer and scholar and authority on Holocaust education, will speak at the annual service.

The interfaith commission is also hosting an international art exhibit, "Anti-Semitism: Past and Present," at the World Peace Bell, 425 York St., Newport, through May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information on the service call 859-581-2237; on the exhibit, call the World Peace Bell Center at 859-581-2971.

FINAL CONCERT: St. Peter In Chains Cathedral, 325 W. Eighth St., downtown, will host its final concert of the season in the "Great Music in a Great Space" concert series Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Central State University Chorus from Wilberforce, Ohio, will perform a concert, including spirituals and black gospel music. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets call 421-2222 or visit www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org.

HEALTH FAIR TODAY: Zion Baptist Church will host "Health in Demand," a health fair aimed at reaching minorities for screenings on dental health, women's health, diabetes, nutrition, men's health and podiatry.

The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Health and Wellness Ministry at Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave., Avondale, and funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

Several doctors will conduct the screenings along with representatives from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Council on Aging. There will also be door prizes.

To submit religion news, e-mail kvance@fuse.net or send a fax to 755-4150.




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