An Invitation From Rev. Yvonne Delk & Rev. Bernice Powell Jackson:
Throughout the three decades that we have been privileged to convene the African American Women in Ministry, many themes for our gatherings have been chosen — confirming our calls to ministry, affirming our gifts and talents and nurturing the sisterhood. But perhaps none have been as poignant as this year’s theme, "Sisters Lives Matter — Facing the Fierce Urgency of Now." All around the country there is an urgency that we as a people come together to end the violence against us and among us, that we come to understand in very real ways that Black Lives Matter — to God and therefore should matter to everyone else.
This year's conference will bring together some of our best thinkers and our best activists, as we think together how we, as African American Women in Ministry, are catalysts for change our society as well as in our church. The preaching will be powerful, as always; the workshops and panels informative. But we have found that one of the most important aspects of the AAWIM conference has been sister time — the moments we uplift each other. Our hope is that growing out of this year’s conference will come an intentional and sustainable network of African American Women in Ministry both in the UCC and beyond.
The scripture passage for our conference is rooted in Esther 4:12-16. It reminds us that our lives and our ministries matter. It is our belief as co-founders of African American Women in Ministry that each of you have been called for just such a time as this. The word that was spoken to Esther is now the word for you. It is our hope that the October gathering will empower you spiritually and renew your call as you face the fierce urgency of now.