Four Keynote Speakers Announced for Triennial XIII

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CHICAGO, IL (May 29, 2009) – An impressive lineup of keynote speakers was announced today for next year’s Triennial XIII, including a former Miss America, a co-founder of the well-known mega church Willow Creek, a well-respected professor known for mentoring female leaders, and a dynamic evangelist with more than two decades of leadership in the field of racial and ethnic reconciliation.

logo“Each speaker has a unique passion,” notes Ruth Hill, executive minister of the Department of Women Ministries that is sponsoring Triennial XIII, which will take place July 22-25, 2010, in Washington, D.C. “I look forward to how each speaker will impact our women around our theme, ‘Reflecting God’s Glory.’ ”

Hill reminds women to check the Triennial XIII website for information on the special reduced registration fee that will become effective next week—on Monday, June 1. Locking in the special low rate well in advance is possible because the fee is non-transferable and non-refundable. For individuals who already know they plan on attending, it is a very good opportunity, Hill notes.

The keynote speakers who have confirmed their participation include:

•    Kirsten Haglund – 2008 Miss America: Kirsten follows God with a love and faith that is genuine and passionate. That faith, nurtured at Faith Covenant Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan, has taken her Haglundaround the world raising awareness about eating disorder illnesses. Kirsten is committed to empowering women of all ages to embrace holistic health and wellness. Her openness in speaking about her own anorexia during her adolescent years adds great credibility to her message, and she openly testifies to God’s power that set her free from captivity to body image.

•    Lynne Hybels – co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church: In 1974 Lynne married Bill, her youth pastor. Despite intending to become a social worker, Lynne instead helped start Willow Creek Community Church Hybelsin 1975 with her husband, convinced the church’s call is to minister to “the whole person in the whole world.” For years she has been involved with Willow Creek’s ministry partnerships in under-resourced communities in Latin America and in Africa. She currently serves as Willow’s Advocate for Global Engagement and is actively addressing the HIV pandemic and also human trafficking.

•    Elizabeth Conde-Frazier – Dean of Esperanza College of Eastern University: Having served as a professor at Claremont School of Theology, she is passionate about empowering women. As pastor of a church with Conde-Fraziermany single mothers, she encouraged transformation through Bible study and retreats—many of those women today have degrees and lead meaningful ministries. She serves on the board of Mujeres de Esperanza, a national women’s ministry that through prayer and service is committed to transforming our nation through active roles in leadership.

•    Brenda Salter McNeil – dynamic preacher, evangelist, author and thought leader: With more than 20 years of experience in the field of racial and ethnic reconciliation, she feels called to the healing of both Salter McNeilpeople and nations. The Christian company she heads partners with organizations to help them become transformed into reconciling communities. Brenda is the author of A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change.

The 2010 Triennial theme is Reflecting God’s Glory, with activities centered in the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, built in the 1930s as a resort with 11 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that are accessible only through the hotel entrance. Tours will provide opportunities for participants to see as much of Washington as desired.

Click here to read a previously published story. Click here to visit the Triennial XIII website.

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