Conversations That Matter: Focus on Women

Conversations That Matter: Focus on Women, A Global Perspective

This year, we will gather around the lived stories of women, who carry the struggle and the strength, the wisdom and the transformative grace embodied in the wounds of our time.

The refugee crisis is a human crisis. Behind the statistics are people filled with unique life experiences and dreams for the future. This session will explore the challenges facing migrant and refugee women.

Graciela Drolet
Graciela Drolet was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her parents were immigrants from Argentina and lived in the US for 12 years before returning to Argentina when Graciela was 4 years old.  Graciela attended studied Catholic schools there. When she was 29, the same age her mother had been when she came to the US, she settled in Pennsylvania where she has lived for the past 23 years.  Graciela is a member St. Ann’s Parish were she has had the privilege of serving and ministering to the Hispanic Community and the Anglo family as well in several ministries. Her parents are deceased and she has no other relatives living in the US. Her other family members live in Argentina.

Francoise Martin
Francoise Martin was born in Congo, and worked there as an immigration agent. She fled the war there, traveling to South Africa seeking asylum. In Johannesburg, Francoise worked as a private chef before making her way to the United States with her daughter. Since arriving 16 years ago, she has devoted herself to raising her daughter, worked for local hotels in Philadelphia, earned two years towards a degree in Business Administration and Management, become an ordained minister in the Church of Prayer and Victory, and organized an online 5 AM Prayer Circle. Her dreams are to open a Prayer Center, and to have her own catering business which would support her as well as finance assistance to children in Congo traumatized by war.

Sharon Browning
Sharon Browning is the Director of Just Listening for the Common Good…, (a movement that arose out of the belief that listening is a transformative act of justice) will lead us in the practice of conscious, intentional, non-egoic and non-judgmental communication.

For those who have attended Sharon’s programs before, this will be a deeper dive into the Just Listening process.

By the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Identify core personal and social impediments to listening
  • Gain essential listening and speaking skills
  • Practice new, compassionate, ego-less communication
  • Converse with new friends from diverse backgrounds and circumstances

Cost includes lunch. Some scholarship assistance available.