In 1851 Sojourner Truth challenged just about every group she could with her bold refrain, “Ain’t I a woman?” She reminded the privileged women that she, a former slave, was a woman too. She looked at the religious and “natural” arguments against women’s rights and had a sound and sassy rebuttal. By listening to Truth with our defenses down, we will hear her wisdom and explore her claims about herself. Inspired by her logic and rhetoric, we will consider our own identity. Join us for some Truth-telling about how others try to define us and perhaps even claim a fresh identity for ourselves – based on our experience of life, our understanding of gifts, and God’s revelation through it all. Some work will be in a larger group, and time will be made for individual and creative reflection.
Rev. Lynn Gifford is a native Californian who grew up in Westminster and studied English and American Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She then lived in New York, Florida, and Georgia working for Hilton Hotels before entering seminary. After attending Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, Lynn served several churches in the Southeast and enjoys teaching all ages, worship, and being with folks in those holy moments of life we all experience. Lynn has also taught middle school at an independent school in Georgia and is very committed to different learning styles and a variety of ways of engagement. Lynn moved back to California in 2014 to be closer to her family and is currently serving at St. Mark Presbyterian Church as their Parish Associate.
Breakout Session: Listening to Sojourner Truth: Claiming our Creative Identity Led by the Rev. Lynn Gifford
Coming soon at Mission Connections: Listening to all voices, 6 February, 2016, Tustin Presbyterian Church.
Mission Connections is free and all are invited. Please follow this link to Evite to complete your registration online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mission-connections-listening-to-all-voices-summit-2016-registration-20441478011. To register by phone, please call Bonita Carr (714-956-3691 X122).