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A Day for Sharpening


A Day for Sharpening – Telling Our Story



REGISTRATION DEADLINE September 28, 2018. Register quickly – seats are limited.  Blocked hotel rooms are also limited.  The seating for this event could sell out quickly because Special Speakers are promoting along with our UCC promotions.

Location:     West Des Moines Christian Church
                       4501 Mills Civic Pkwy
                       West Des Moines, IA 50265

SPECIAL GUESTS speak from 12:30-3:00pm:


Glennon Doyle is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE WARRIOR, a 2016 Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the hilarious New York Times Bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. She is an activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over fourteen million dollars for women, families and children in crisis. Glennon is also the creator of Momastery.com, an on-line community where millions of readers meet each week to experience her shameless and hilarious essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, mental health, addiction, recovery and connection.

Glennon expresses universal truth through storytelling, giving voice to our shared experiences and allowing us to feel known. She invites us to believe in ourselves, to be brave and kind, to let go of the idea of perfection and to stop making life harder by pretending it’s not hard. She easily expresses what so many of us think, but would not dare say aloud. Glennon is a courageous truth-teller and hope-spreader, a wise and witty friend who emboldens us to believe in ourselves and reminds us that the journey is the reward. She shows us how to stop hiding, competing and striving for the mirage of perfection and build authentic and abundant lives, relationships, homes, businesses, and communities.


Lawrence Richardson speaks on transgender inclusion, diversity trainings, and travels the country presenting this information to faith-based organizations, governmental, businesses, and non-profit organizations that seek to be more welcoming for LGBTQI and people of color.  Author of I KNOW WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE, his book is going to be available for sale and signing October 12.

Advocating for justice and the social advancement of all people, Lawrence uses his experiences to empower people toward wholeness volunteering with organizations like PFLAG, Black Trans Advocacy, Inc. and the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition.


You may choose morning and afternoon workshops listed below when you walk in on Oct 12:

Rev Lawrence T. Richardson – Testimony through Social Media
Elizabeth Dilley – Periodic Vocational Discernment
Molly Dowell Baum – Nurturing the Testimonies of Children & Youth
Kim Graff – UCC ONA Coalition Telling Our Stories
Samantha Houser – Telling Our Stories through Art
Chuck Kelsey – A Congregation’s Ministry and Witness with LGBTQ+ Persons

For only $65, you receive Early Entry Seating at 11:15am, plus workshops, Marketplace, and lunch.

If speakers only with general admission seating at noon, you may register for $40 without lunch and workshops.