2017 Women’s Conference


2017 MCC Women’s Conference

“Honoring the Spirit Within Us”

November 1-5, 2017

Church of the Trinity Sarasota, Florida



Come Discover YOUR Spiritual Type and meet women from across the country. The Women’s Conference will feature women speakers including Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner (“Honoring our Spirits doing Social Justice”); Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall (“The Heart of the Spirit”); Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez DeLeon ( “What’s my head got to do with my Spirit”); and drummer Ubaka Hill, (“The Mystical Spirit”). A Wednesday evening presentation will allow you to “Discover YOUR Spiritual Type” with Elder Professor Nancy Maxwell & Rev. Donna Twardowski. There will be a drum circle, workshops, Labyrinth walk, creative reflection time and a “Revival” with Rev. Cande Holmes! A Saturday evening concert by Lucie Blue Tremblay ($25.00) is scheduled as well. Lucie and Elder Margarita will join us for Sunday worship (10 am).

The Conference will be held at Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida. We are very proud of our campus. We have a Labyrinth, picnic table areas, and a meditation walk area with benches to rest.

The Conference will feature speakers:

Reverend Elder Margarita Sanchez De Leon, originally from Puerto Rico has been part of MCC since 1996.

Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall is the Executive Vice President and Dean, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth Texas.

Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner is the Senior Pastor of MCC NY and Executive Director of MCC’s Global Justice Institute. She has been an active and vocal proponent for LGBT rights as human rights and traveling, writing and speaking on behalf of MCC and social justice rights for all.

Ubaka Hill is a performer, master teacher and inspirational speaker, composer, song writer and recording artist. She’s been teaching hand drumming for more than 30 years throughout the United States and other countries.

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Rev. Elder Margarita     Rev. Dr. Joretta               Rev. Elder Pat                   Ubaka


Special concert by Lucie Blue Tremblay On Saturday, November 4th at 7 p.m. ($25)

Click here to purchase your concert ticket.

Church of the Trinity is excited to announce that we have booked Lucie Blue to perform at our Women’s Conference this November!


Lucie Blue Tremblay has been writing, recording and performing since 1982.  She’s performed in Canada, France, the US, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, at various folk venues and festivals.


Her name has been whispered through the cracks in the music business since her first television appearance in 1984.  Since then she has shared the stage with such prominent names as Randy Newman, James Taylor, Jane Siberry, Pete Seeger, Judi Richards, Sarah McLachlan, Cris Williamson and Meg Christian to name a few. 



Click here to register. $125 if you register before October 1st; $135 after October 1st



This year we have parterned with Hyatt Place for hotel accomodations.

Image result for hyatt place logoGuests enjoy: complimentary parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24 hour made to order café and bistro, 24 hour Starbucks, full bar and daily happy hour.

15 – 20 Minutes to Florida’s top beach destinations including Siesta Key and Lido Beach. complimentary shuttle servicing  to: Church of the Trinity MCC, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, and Downtown!

Newly Renovated Hotel in Summer of 2017. Click on the link for more information and the special rate:

2017 MCC Women’s Conference Book Here at Hyatt Place Sarasota Airport $109.00


For questions about the conference, please email: dtwardowski@trinitymcc.com



Day One-Wednesday, November 1st

5-8 p.m.     Conference Registration

6-6:45        Wednesday Night Dinner

7-9 p.m.     Discover Your Spiritual Type Presentation

Day Two-Thursday, November 2nd

7:30-Noon Registration 

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9-10 am Opening Worship-Recognizing women at all levels of MCC Leadership

10:15-Noon  "The Heart of the Spirit" by Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall

Noon-12:45 pm  Lunch

12:45 pm Call to Conference

1-2 pm  "The Heart of the Spirit" continued

1-2 pm  "Aging Productively in Spite of it All"-Dianne Garner

1-2:30   Creative Spiritual Practice-Healing in Color

2-2:30 pm Break

2:30-4:30 pm Panel Discussion "Honoring our Spirits doing Social Justice" by Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner and others from the community

2:30-4:30 pm Expressive Arts

4:30-6 pm Community Drum Circle/Dance (All are welcome!)

Day Three-Friday, November 3rd

7:30-9 am     Registration

8-9 am          Breakfast

9-9:45 am     Opening Worship-The Mystical Spirit by Ubaka Hill, Reverend Vickie Miller, and Lauren Bennett

10-11 am     "The Spousal Experience":Experiences in the Journey of Transition-Chris and Dawn Soucy

11-Noon        "Spirit and Self"-Ubaka Hill

11-Noon       "What Can We Do in Community Outreach?"-Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner

Noon-1 pm    Lunch


1-2:30          Labyrinth Walk (Guided meditation)-Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall

1-2:30         Nature Walk-Rev. Vickie Miller

1-2:30         Body Prayer-Lauren Bennett

1-2:30         Healing Prayer-Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez deLeon

1-2:30           Healing in Color

3-4:30          Keynotes in Dialogue-Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez-deLeon, Ubaka Hill, Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall

4:30 pm         Revival-Candy Holmes

Dinner on your own

Day Four-Saturday, November 4th

8:30-9:30     Breakfast


9:30-11 am   "What's My Head Got to do with my Spirit"-Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez deLeon

11:15 am      Communion Service-Rev. Vickie Miller/Lauren Bennett

Lunch on your own

Afternoon trips: Shopping at University Town Center, St. Armands, Siesta Key Beach, Kayak at South Lido, Bird Watching

7 pm     "Count My Blessings" Concert with Lucie Blue Tremblay $25 (not included in registration)


Day Five-Sunday, November 5th

10 am     Worship with Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez DeLeon & Lucie Blue Tremblay