• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Young Adult Women Retreat

    Let the Walls Fall Down

    Virtual Retreat for Young Adult Women
    (women ages 18-40)

    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    3:00-6:30 PM EST

    Are you ready to start the New Year by going deeper in exploring self-awareness? Are you ready to hear two amazing speakers share their wealth of knowledge, guide us in exercises, and help us grow as women in leadership? Are you ready to Let the Walls Fall Down?
    Join ABWM's Young Adult Women's Ministry as we come together for a free virtual retreat on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 3:00 PM EST. Through conversation, activities, and fellowship, we want this to be a space to build connections and grow as leaders in today's world.
    Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri will help us to look at how our culture and upbringing have both formed and informed who we are today. Rev. Dr. Onwubuariri says, "To spend time focused on yourself is not always selfish. In fact, it is a responsibility we must take before we accept the privilege to lead others." What a beautiful sentiment!
    Rev. Maureen Gerald is a spiritual director who will teach us how to look beyond Sunday morning to engage in spiritual practices. We will engage in several of these practices and learn how to incorporate them into our daily lives. Rev. Gerald's passion for opening the eyes and hearts of her listeners to the power of spiritual direction is refreshing.

    We are excited for you to join us!
    Click here to register.

    Guest Speakers:
    Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri
    Foundational to Rev. Dr. Marie’s leadership and ministry endeavors is her commitment to being as self-aware as possible to how her presence is impacting the context she is in while also remaining true to her journey of divine calling and becoming the person God has designed her to be. To this end, she has particularly developed a lens for cultural self-awareness through her over thirteen years as a cross-cultural competency trainer and consultant in faith-based, educational, and professional settings and a lifetime of formation and bridging at the intersection of cultures.
         Marie’s formal education includes a BS in Management, a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in multicultural ministries, and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership, which culminated in her dissertation topic, “Cultural Self-knowing and Negotiation: A Spiritual Practice for Intercultural Leaders.” Marie is co-editor and chapter author of Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017). She has served as a regional executive minister, local church pastor, seminary staff member, secular business executive, and in various volunteer roles within the American Baptist denomination and local community groups. Since January 2021, Marie has been serving as Associate General Secretary for Mission Resource Development with the America Baptist Churches USA in King of Prussia, PA.

    Rev. Maureen Gerald
    Rev. Maureen Gerald is the Executive Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church; Spiritual Director at Princeton Theological Seminary; U.S. Congressional Interfaith Director representing New Jersey’s 12th district; and business owner of Momentum, Counseling, Coaching, & Consulting LLC.  Her expertise in training, teaching, and preaching personal and organizational growth solutions to multicultural communities has led her across the world. Her life’s work in getting people to move forward meets at the intersections of theology, social science and justice work. One of her clients include Princeton Alliance Church, ta mega church that is comprised of first-generation immigrants.  Rev. Gerald’s work with third-world countries helps survivors of catastrophic events. In 2010, Dateline NBC featured her story as one of the few survivors of the historic Haiti earthquake. Maureen has received State Congressional commendations for her work nationally and abroad.
         Rev. Gerald’s academic background includes the College of St. Elizabeth, Columbia University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Oasis Ministries. Most importantly, Maureen enjoys her journey with her life partner, Kevin and holds immeasurable love for her beautifully blended family which keeps her grounded and grateful.

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