Track Information!

Instead of traditional workshops, we've got TRACKS! They are a little bit longer opportunities than workshops generally are on Saturday for you to really dive into a topic and get to know it with greater depth.


Some tracks will have a Part 1 and Part 2 that will spread out over the morning and afternoon sessions; a few tracks are for the morning or afternoon only.  We'll be getting your requests for your top choices soon.  

All tracks are for SATURDAY of the WWOW Event.

Tracks with Part 1  (morning) and Part 2 (afternoon)

Grace in the Desert, Radical Inclusive Hospitality from the Margins with Rev. Monica Cross 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained

angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2 )


One of the most critical ministries in the local church is hospitality.  Hospitality looms large

because it is the ministry that reveals the character, ethics, and beliefs of the local church. 

The hospitality must, by definition, reflect the radical inclusion and risk embodied in the

communion.  While a good sermon is always thought-provoking and good for the soul,

it is the hospitality that is remembered; it determines whether the visitor becomes a member.


It is necessary for the church, experienced by many as an oasis of grace, to have people seasoned in the faith and spiritually mature with a diverse background to practice radical hospitality as they welcome the stranger, the immigrant, disabled, those whose authenticity challenges the norms of society. 


In this track, participants will…

1.  Identify ways of demonstrating radical inclusivity so that they can enact it in their own lives

2.  Identify practices and language which are barriers to inclusivity so that they can live with greater compassion

3.  Learn a different way of understanding hospitality so that they can expand their own soul practices 

About Monica!

Rev. Monica Cross serves as the Minister of Women's Ministries for the CCNC-N Region, Pastor for First Christian Church of Oakland and on the Pastoral Ministry Team of Tapestry Ministries in Berkeley. 


Self Compassion .... Even leaders need an Oasis for rest and soul care with Team from National Benevolence Association coordinated by Rev. Angela Whitenhill  

"Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him

and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked

on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of

the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the

journey will be too much for you.’ He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the

strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God"

(1 Kings 19:5-8) 

We recognize that you need tools to care for your soul, body and mind! Paying attention to what gives our bodies and spirit a sense of life or drains life and staying connected to God’s presence. 

More information coming about this track soon .... we are delighting that Angela is currently on maternity leave. This track will also have a part 2.

About Angela!

Rev. Angela Whitenhill serves as the Mental Health Initiative Manager of the National Benevolent Association, the health and social service general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Before beginning full time as manager, Angela led the research and design team that created the initiative’s five focus areas, and created the program designed to be carried across the life of the church. 

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Immigration Track by Valeria Bejar

This workshop will be an all day track, focused on the story of the Samaritan Woman (John 4: 1-26.)

We will dissect the text and discern its relevance in today's Immigration crisis, by diving into the

importance of; Listening, courage, differences, water, and the role we play in today's context

based on the scripture.


The goals of this track are to
1.    Learn about the practice of active listening.
2.    Discuss scripture and its meaning in today’s context


Food Desert: Mission Project & Conversation On Relieving Food Deserts

with Renae Earl

NOTE: The morning half of this track will take place off site and is limited to 50 people. Participants from

the morning track may opt to attend the afternoon section where the conversation will continue, or they

may opt for another track. Likewise, those who did not attend the morning session can still opt in for the afternoon conversation. 

In the morning, we'll go offsite into the mission field! Participants will spend the morning at a local Las

Vegas mission site. Everyone will leave the retreat site at 8:30am to drive to Three Square Food Bank

Las Vegas. From 9:30am to 11:00am we will be in the kitchen, packing lunches and sorting food.

The organization will also talk to us and give us some statistics and information to take back to

our church communities. At 11:15am we will drive back to First Christian Church and join our sisters

for lunch.

For our afternoon session, we’ll spend time looking and learning at what food deserts and scarcity is,

how they happen and how they are strategically designed to maintain oppression upon certain

communities. We will look at how it directly affects us personally, neighborhoods, children,

impoverished, unhoused and elderly. Let’s come together to discover what can we actively do as

a church family to make a difference in our own neighborhoods and world that will have tangible results.

About Renae!

Renae Earl is a proud Disciples Woman, she is a seminarian, working towards her Master of Divinity and certificate in Public Theology, focusing on women and children who have ben sex trafficked and may also have addiction issues. Renae is the former president of Northern California/Nevada Disciples Women Council. She is a Mom of an amazing 20yr old son, three dogs and a sweet cat, she also has a story of recovery and survival that gives her the drive and compassion to do the work of God.

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Morning Tracks

These tracks will only be offered in the morning slot with no "part 2" in the afternoon.

God’s Grace: Finding Community: Our People, Our Tribe, Our Home with Jaime McDermott, MPP


“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their

possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day,

as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food

with glad and generous[c] hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.

And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved" (Acts 2:44-47 )

Many of us struggle to find meaningful community. As ministers and representatives of the church, we are typically in a teaching role, literally ministering to the souls of others. This is our calling. Because we are in leadership roles, it is challenging to find like-minded, emotionally intelligent, available people with whom we can relax and feed our own souls.

During this highly interactive seminar, participants will create a vision specific to what support system they need. The process will involve identifying who is in our “music hall”, the “Rule of Five”, what God has to say about a void, what each participant’s S.P.O.T. Analysis reveals and the “Five Bold Steps” process. These exercises will make clear what needs to be done to create a loving, supportive community around ourselves by design – not by default. 

About Jaime!

Jamie Wolf McDermott, MPPA is a sociologist, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, public speaker & facilitator who builds comedy into intellectual, philosophical and leadership topics. She lives on a five- acre farm on a beautiful island in the pacific temperate rain forest of North America.


There will also be a YOUTH TRACK (information forthcoming!)

Afternoon Tracks

These tracks are offered ONLY in the afternoon with no morning "Part 1"

Cultural Competence – Creating Respectful Cross-Cultural Environments with Jaime McDermott 

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though

many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one

body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed,

the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

Given our current social and political environments and the mission of the Christian Church

Disciples of Christ Women around the Anti-Racism, Pro-Reconciliation initiative, cultural

competence is a critical competency for all those working in support of the mission of the

CCDCW, specifically creating respectful communication, interaction and building trust within the Church.


Cultural Competence is defined as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together as a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. 

Conversely, cultural incompetence in the Christian community can damage an individual’s self-esteem and career, harm relationships and create divisions that work against the mission of the Church. We have all said something to a friend or neighbor that, retrospectively, caused a divide in our relationship. Yes, we are human. And, there is a set of skills that can greatly reduce the opportunity for such misunderstandings. 

During this highly experiential course, participants will explore:
1.    How to enhance their communication skills by utilizing ownership language and reflective listening with one another
2.    How to identify potential cultural challenges and
3.    Identify the needs of groups and individuals who are culturally different than themselves
4.    How to teach and learn about one another in spaces of respect and dignity, integrity and authenticity
5.    How to manage conflicts and differences of opinion productively, and in a way that maintains relationship       

       whenever possible

Interpersonal competence in cross-cultural situations is the key to creating environments that are safe for everyone so that Disciples Women can fulfill their beautiful mission.

(Please note: This is not culture specific training).


About Jaime!

Jamie Wolf McDermott, MPPA is a sociologist, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, public speaker & facilitator who builds comedy into intellectual, philosophical and leadership topics. She lives on a five- acre farm on a beautiful island in the pacific temperate rain forest of North America.


Table of Grace with Barbara Hamm

Participants are invited to sing through texts and tunes from Barbara Hamm's new collection entitled

Table of Grace: Hymns and Short Songs (Published by Hope Publishing Company in July 2018).

These texts and tunes focus on issues of peace and justice, inclusiveness, and concern for the earth,

issues that engage all of us as we endeavor to live out the gospel in our faith communities and the

wider world. We will sing through 15-20 songs in a wide variety of musical styles. Participants will find

selections to take back for use in their home churches or for personal meditation. Come and enjoy communal music making while singing and learning new songs which may help us in expressing our witness to a world much in need of it. Participants will be able to keep their copy of my collection.

About Barbara: Barbara Hamm has served for 24 years as the Minister of Music at Community Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Benicia, CA. Before that she served as the Director of Music at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Antioch, CA, where she is still a member. Barbara began writing hymns in 2001. In 2006 Abingdon Press published her collection entitled Children of Creation: Hymns of Love & Justice for the 21st Century. Her work appears in Sing! Prayer and Praise, Worship & Song, Glory to God, Community of Christ Sings, At Your Altars, and two Hymn Society collections entitled Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants, and Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA Community. Her most recent publication, Table of Grace: Hymns and Short Songs, was published by Hope Publishing Company in July 2018.  Barbara plays piano occasionally at Max’s Opera Café in San Francisco. She has also played at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans. 

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