The award-winning writer, blogger and noted speaker Sarah Bessey will host a retreat October 14 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The retreat’s title, Jesus Feminist, is taken directly from her book of the same name, and will bring front and center her perspective on urging today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experience.
The retreat is free. You must present an Eventbrite ticket for this event to receive a complimentary box lunch.
9a – 10a Coffee and hospitality
10a – 11:30a Jesus Feminist – Retreat with Sarah Bessey
11:30a – 12:30p Book signing and boxed lunch. You are invited to stay and enjoy your lunch here at St. Matthew’s or take the lunch with you.
The retreat is funded by the Dimensions of Faith lecture series, a St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church ministry that offers intellectually stimulating and provocative forums on social, ethical, and theological issues.
If you were to ask Sarah who she is, she would probably say, “I am one of those happy-clappy Jesus followers with stars in her eyes. I’m an uneasy pacifist, a Kingdom of God focused woman, postmodern, liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal in matters of both religion and politics, a social justice wanna-be trying to do some good, and a nondenominational charismatic recovering know-it-all slowly falling back in love with the Church.”
And the truth is, in addition to her self-evaluation, Sarah Bessey is a strong, intelligent, articulate woman. She speaks with authority and stands before an audience poised, confident and vulnerable as she talks about the intersections of a spirit-filled life: About her own faith and spirituality, about what love looks like for us, about being a mother, women’s issues, social justice, and her own struggling journey. In her new book, Out of Sorts: Letting Go of Perfection and Discovering More Joy, (due out in November 2015), Sarah candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be while teaching how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.
In addition to writing books and her blog, Sarah is also an editor for A Deeper Story and a monthly contributor at SheLoves Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Conversations Journal, ChurchLeaders.com, Her.meneutics (Christianity today’s Blog for Women), Converge Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman and a handful of other places.
When she is not traveling around North America speaking, you can find her at home in Abbotsford, British Columbia with her husband Brian, and four children.