2014 Women's Retreat, May 2-4, at MoVal!

Do you see God in others? Do you see God in yourself? Come engage in a “Sacred Conversation onRace: From Tolerance to Critique: Dismantling Racism.”  Share the deep joy of celebrating God’s diverse creation, called humanity. During our time together, you will learn and develop new strategies for growth using the TARASC Spectrum (Tolerance, Acceptance, Respect, Affirmation, Solidarity and Critique), as introduced last year by keynote speaker Rev. Day McCallister.  


You will be challenged and will leave inspired to be a voice for justice in the world. “Dismantling racism is not about justice alone, it’s a fundamental acknowledgment that all of us are created in the image of God andtherefore worthy and deserving of basic human decency,” Rev. Day says. Our guiding text from Genesis, stating that God creates individuals in the divine image, serves as a basis for a better understanding of justice and equality in terms of race, sexual orientation,socio-economic status, and other cultural or philosophical differences among people. Additional small group activities will allow for exploring beautiful Camp MoVal, communal crafting, Rev. Day’s special step class (based on sorority-style step dancing), “Create-a-Song” with Susan and Julie, massage, rest and quiet reflection. Join us for enlightenment, exploration, thought-provoking discussion, worship, music, fun and food!


Click here for the full brochure and to register.  Registrations and payments are due to Southwood UCC by April 1.  If you need further information or have questions, please contact Donna Duffee at dkduffee@hotmail.com.  We hope to see you at MoVal for the 2014 Women's Retreat!



2013 Women's Retreat Recap


Women of the Missouri Mid-South Conference are invited to join together each spring for the Women's Retreat at Camp Mo-Val in Union, Missouri.

Around 100 women attend the Women’s Retreat May 3-5 at Camp MoVal.  As many know, it was pouring down rain and storming  when the women began arriving Friday night. Our guest speaker’s flight was delayed and would not get into St. Louis until around midnight.  We put her up in a hotel for the night and anxiously awaited her arrival Saturday morning . However, these unfortunate circumstances  did not dampen the spirits of those attending.

The theme was “Meet Me At the Well and Water Our Souls and the weekend certainly lived up to the theme. Comments from many attending said DaVita McAllister was well worth the wait. She kept us engaged with Christian comedy and also soulful journeys. We all took a walk to the well, and not alone. In addition a variety of workshops and Bible studies were offered. A climax to Saturday evening was a wonderful concert by Susan and Julie. All worshipped together on Sunday morning and headed home refreshed and encouraged.

If you have not attended in the past, we encourage you to consider attending next year. It can be life changing.

Slideshow from the 2013 Women's Retreat