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Women’s Connection

Through the Valley

August 10 - 12, 2018

Women’s Connection 2018 will seek to be a time for women to find encouragement, empowerment, connection, comfort, and challenge. We will do this through powerful and authentic worship led by women, providing space for honest and faithful conversation, and allowing time for discernment and renewing rest.

Keynote Speaker: Kate Bowler

The 2018 Women’s Connection keynote speaker will be divinity professor, young mother, historian, and author Kate Bowler! At thirty-five, after writing her first book about the American prosperity Gospel, Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke and a new mother when she received the earth-shattering diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer. Reckoning with the news, Bowler discovered, to her chagrin, that she would have to learn how to give up her own “prosperity gospel.” As she struggled to find the balance between optimism and delusion, she wondered how to accept her own finitude without feeling like she was giving up.

As she learns to live with cancer as a chronic condition, Bowler speaks powerfully about the ways in which her brush with mortality transformed her. She also frankly addresses the uniquely American concept that tragedy is a test of character, and looks at the different ways that people try to rationalize suffering and catastrophe, for better or worse.

You can read her latest piece on the subject, What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party, in The New York Times.

To learn more about Kate Bowler, visit www.prhspeakers.com/kate-bowler.

Registration Opens Friday, February 9, 2018

Registration is open! When you register for Women’s Connection 2018, you will receive a copy of Kate Bowler’s new book, Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved, that we’ll study together at the conference. For conference fees and rates for accommodations, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

Women’s Connection 2016 keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle had this to say about Everything Happens for a Reason: “I fell hard and fast for Kate Bowler. Her writing is naked, elegant, and gripping—she’s like a Christian Joan Didion. I left Kate’s story feeling more present, more grateful, and a hell of a lot less alone. And what else is art for?”

You can read more about the book here.

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Check out the resources page for information from past Women’s Connections! Click here.

The Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment

Montreat Conference CenterThe Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment provides support for women’s programming, leadership development, spiritual nurture and scholarship assistance at Montreat. Funds from this endowment help women with financial need to afford Montreat conferences and retreats, help Montreat provide programs that equip women for ministry, and help Montreat feature national quality speakers and conference leaders, who are themselves women leaders in the church. Download the K.K. Cooper Endowment Commitment Form to support this ministry.

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Rates and Registration

Registration is open!

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 Kate Bowler’s new book, Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I’ve Loved, 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, Glen Rock Inn, 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 29, these rates will increase by $25 per person.

Assembly Inn

  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $340.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $440.00 per person
  • Double Occupancy, Shared Bath: $328.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $416.00 per person

The Winsborough, Glen Rock Inn, or Glen Rock Apartment

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $292.50 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $345.00 per person

Meals for Children

  • Children ages 12 and older: $53.00 per child
  • Children ages 5-11: $26.50 per child
  • Children under 5: no charge

Commuter Package

Commuter rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee of $185 plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. After June 29, this rate will increase by $25 per person.

  • On or before June 29: $187 per person
  • After June 29: $212 per person

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

  • $53.00* per person for Friday supper through Sunday breakfast
  • $10.00* per person for Saturday lunch

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

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by June 29 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after June 29 but on or before August 3 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 3. 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.

Workshop Descriptions

Workshops will be announced at a later date.

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 for child care 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.


Check out the resources page for information from past Women’s Connections! Click here.