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Shaw University Divinity School to Host 29th Annual Women’s Conference

RALEIGH, NC (October 24, 2012) – The Shaw University Divinity School will host its 29th Annual Women’s Conference: “Clergy and Lay Women in the 21st Century: Embracing Our Differences,” Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel (Friday evening), and Estey Hall (Saturday), on the campus of Shaw University.

The conference begins on Friday with an interactive presentation from Geraldine Alshamy, Executive Director of the Mary Magdalene Ministries, and grass roots leaders on the home/school/prison cycle– prevention, engagement, and healing. The second segment is the worship event, which includes prayer and praise, testimony related to the impact of prison ministry on the family and the church and concludes with a sermon by Rev. Allison P. Gise Johnson, Ph.D., plenary speaker for this year’s conference. Rev. Dr. Gise Johnson, a former chemical engineer, is an ordained Baptist minister and professor who currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Resources, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. She works with Chicago State University and Frank Lockom on conducting inner-city sustainable or aquaponics farming running research farms and growing leafy greens such as mint, basil, chard, and lettuce with waste water from aquaculture.

The Saturday Intensive programming begins with Devotion and Worship. The first two interactive workshops focus on the larger field of chaplaincy and the dynamics of prison chaplaincy. The second half of the morning and afternoon involve workshops on the pastorate, academic teaching, and nonprofit arenas.

Following devotion, Rev. MaryAnn Poythress, Supervisor in the Department of Spiritual Care at WakeMed, leads an innovative seminar on Chaplaincy. In addition, Chaplain Betty Brown, Director, Chaplaincy Services, North Carolina leads the seminar on Correctional Chaplaincy. Dr. Shelia Smith McKoy, Associate Professor of English and Director of the African American Cultural Center and the Africana Studies Program at North Carolina State University, leads the seminar on the Academy. Following lunch, Rev. Aleese Moore-Orbih, Ordained Pastor in the United Church of Christ and former Director of Training and Consulting for FaithTrust Institute, leads the session on vocation in the Non-Profit Sector. Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, freelance theologian, teacher, preacher, who has pastored extensively, presents a session on The Pastorate. Rev. Dr. Gise Johnson concludes the conference with the closing plenary and commissioning ritual. “Clergy and Lay Women in the 21stCentury: Embracing Our Differences” Conference makes the case for understanding the need to embrace women’s leadership and gain a sense of opportunities in ministry and options for dealing with conflicts, challenges, and change. This conference engages the mind, inspires the soul, impassions the heart, and builds community. For information regarding registration and a schedule of events, please contact Ms. Mena Lewis, Conference Coordinator at 919-546-8569 or via email at

The Shaw University Divinity School, Woman’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Convention of NC with Dr. Linda Bryan, Executive Secretary, and the Mary Magdalene Ministries, Geraldine Alshamy, Executive Director, are sponsors of this event.