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Women’s Connection

The Fullness of Life

August 11 - 13, 2017

We, as women, are made in the image of God, created as physical, emotional/relational, and spiritual beings. Women’s Connection 2017 is a holy time for women to honor who God has created us to be. We hope to provide space for opportunities to nurture mind and body, to connect with community of old friends and new, and to recenter our communal lives and our individual selves in God’s good news. Come as you are.

This year’s conference, featuring Rachel Held Evans, will encourage participants to find grace and renewal through reflection, rest, and community. Conference activities will include worship, fellowship, recreation, rest, and workshops. There will also be a time set aside to study and discuss Rachel’s book together as a conference community.

All Women’s Connection participants will receive a copy of Rachel Held Evans’s book, Searching for Sunday, as part of their registration for the full conference. The book will be mailed to the address that you provide on your registration form. If you are registering more than one person under your name, please contact the conference registrar to provide additional mailing addresses.

Montreat Conference CenterRachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). Hailing from Dayton, TN — home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 — she writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, and The View. She keeps a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country.

Registration Information

For Women’s Connection conference fees and rates for accommodations, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above. For more information about child care and available scholarships, see MORE INFORMATION.

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Rates and Registration

You may register for a comprehensive package which includes your conference fee, room, and meals, or if you have your own housing, you may register for the commuter package (see packages below). If you are bringing a large group, please contact the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 for assistance. Child care registration is separate (please click on the MORE INFORMATION tab above).

All Women’s Connection participants will receive a copy of Rachel Held Evans’s book, Searching for Sunday, as part of their registration for the full conference. The book will be mailed to the address that you provide on your registration form. If you are registering more than one person under your name, please contact the conference registrar to provide additional mailing addresses.

Comprehensive Package

Comprehensive rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee, room in Assembly Inn, Winsborough, or Glen Rock Apartment, meals in the Galax Dining Room (Friday supper through Sunday breakfast), plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After June 30, these rates will increase by $25 per person.

Assembly Inn

  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $332.50 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $432.50 per person
  • Double Occupancy, Shared Bath: $320.50 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $408.50 per person

The Winsborough or Glen Rock Apartment

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $282.50 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $332.50 per person

Meals for Children

  • Children ages 12 and older: $50.50 per child
  • Children ages 5-11: $25.00 per child
  • Children under 5: no charge

Commuter Package

Commuter rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee of $180 plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. After June 30, this rate will increase by $25 per person.

  • On or before June 30: $182 per person
  • After June 30: $207 per person

Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be requested when you register online.

  • $50.50* per person for Friday supper through Sunday breakfast
  • $9.50* per person for Saturday lunch

*These additional charges will be added separately by the registrar.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by July 1 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after June 30 but on or before August 4 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after August 4. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about conference registration? Email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterRachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). Hailing from Dayton, TN — home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 — she writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, and The View. She keeps a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country.

Montreat Conference CenterSera Chung is an accomplished preacher, musician, and spokesperson for the values of justice and cultural humility. She is the Director of Recruitment at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she leads and manages recruitment efforts while developing qualified candidates for the Seminary’s Master’s Degree programs. Prior to joining Princeton, Sera served as the Associate for Gender and Racial Justice in the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where she worked to expand and enrich the church’s relationships across racial, cultural, class, gender, and generational lines. Sera also collaborated with United Nations Agencies and faith-based NGOs on human rights issues during her time with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and also served as an intern pastor at two intercultural congregations: United Presbyterian Church and Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras of Plainfield, NJ. Sera received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Other Housing Information

Find out more about other housing options available in Montreat.

Scholarship Information

Montreat offers a few scholarships for this conference. Contact Susan Akduman for more information and an application at susana@montreat.org.

Child Care Information

Child care for Women’s Connection participants will be available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. Register online now!

Child Care Fees:

  • $70 for children six months thru preschool age
  • $65 for children completed kindergarten and older

Questions? Please email the child care coordinator at childcare@montreat.org.