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

    "See Me As I Am" Virtual Mission Encounter

    May 8-12, 2017
    Register by April 21, 2017

    “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together,” said Bishop Desmond Tutu in explanation of the South African concept of Ubuntu. For Christians and Muslims to truly live together in a peace and just world, we need to get to know one another, to talk to one another, to have real relationships with one another.
    Through daily activities and evening conference calls with special guests, you will experience and explore interfaith dialogue, and understand our calling by God to transform our communities through our relationships with one another.
    Each night’s conference call will have two special guests, one Baptist and one Muslim. They will dialogue with one another on the evening’s topic, then conference call participants will have the opportunity to join in the dialogue. This will provide participants the opportunity to both learn from and participate in interfaith dialogue throughout the week, gaining important skills for developing dialogue opportunities in their own communities.

    Monday: “See the Pillars of Our Faith”
    Understanding better the key points of Christian and Islamic belief.
    Special Guests:
    Rev. Carol McVetty has been an ordained American Baptist pastor for 36 years. She is currently the Interim Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, a position she shares with her husband, Rev. Douglas Harris. She began her ministry as pastor of a small rural church in Upstate New York. Click here for more.

    Taalibah Hassan, M.Ed., has been a guest speaker on Islam since the 1980’s, and is an experienced interfaith dialogue facilitator. She co-authored the chapter “Dialogue as A Way to Know the Other” in the book Faithful Neighbors, Christian-Muslim Vision & Practice. Taalibah serves on the board of directors of the Muslim Association of Virginia, which has the largest mosque in Prince William County. Click here for more.

    Tuesday: “See Our Acts of Prayer and Worship”
    Learning about the role of prayer and times of worship in Islam and Christianity
    Special Guests:
    Dr. Safiya Saaman recently retired as director of the Conservation Education program of the U.S. Forest Service, which included active and wide-ranging programs that reached more than four-million children and their educators each year. Dr. Samman received her Ph.D. in genetics and has worked in the natural resources field for more than 30-years. Click here for more.

    Rev. Dr. Suzanne Kershaw is associate minister of Grace Baptist Church in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and is president of the American Baptist Women's Ministries of the Philadelphia Baptist Association. She received her D.Min. from Lutheran Theological Seminary in May of 2016, with a focus on strengthening and reviving ministry with women in the Philadelphia area. Click here for more.
    Wednesday: “See Our Acts of Faith”
    Exploring how our faith leads us to be engaged in service to our world
    Special Guests: 
    Marcia Street has lived in Iowa all her life but has traveled to all states starting as a small child. Now she can claim traveling to over 40 countries as well. She was an elementary school teacher which became her first mission field. She has been on many short-term mission trips starting with work trips to Costa Rica in 1995, a year after her husband died. Marcia shares that all of these trips were to study, work with, and experience life where Baptist missionaries are doing their ministry. Click here for more.

    Munira Abdulhalim El-Bearny is the founder/developer and executive director of IMANI Multicultural Center, chief administrator of Islamic UMMAH of Fredericksburg, and Interfaith Chaplain. Born in Kenya, Munira came to the U.S. in 1988 after completing her American university education in Business Administration & International Affairs. Click here for more.

    Thursday: “See Jesus in Different Ways”
    Jesus is a part of both Christian and Islamic faith, although in different ways.
    Special Guests: 
    Rafia Syeed is a leader of interfaith dialogue and the founder of “Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Faithful.”(www.btgweb.org)
    Rev. Elizabeth B. Congdon has been involved in interfaith dialogue as Board member and then Co-coordinator of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought for the past twelve years. She helped create and now implement the Garden State MOSAIC (Mobilizing Our Students for Action in building Interfaith Community), currently working with 60 youth from eight different faiths. Students are also currently establishing local school Teens Against Intolerance (TAI) groups. Click here for more

    Friday: “See What You Can Do”
    An opportunity for participants to share ideas and encourage one another to courageous next steps!

    Time Required
    You can spend as much or as little time on a virtual mission encounter as you choose!

    Each daily email contains several activity options, with a suggested number to complete. That suggested number totals about 30 minutes of activities that you complete on your own schedule--however, you can do fewer or more activities as you desire and your schedule allows. You may also save emails to do activities at a later time.

    The evening conference calls begin at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific and last for one hour, each evening, Monday through Friday. You may participate in as many conference calls as your schedule allows. Conference calls are generally recorded and the recordings made available to registered participants only, so if you're not able to be on a particular call you'd still be able to listen to it up to two weeks following the event.

    We trust that registered participants will not forward the emails or conference call recordings to others who are not registered for this event.

    Registration Cost
    $30 per person, per virtual mission encounter.

    Register by April 21, 2017!
    Register online & pay by credit card -- Attendees are now able to register and pay online by credit card. (Note: If you are registering online, you must pay online.) Register online by clicking on the teal button to the right labeled "Register Online" or click here.

    Register by mail & pay by check -- Download and print the registration form by clicking on the teal button to the right labeled "Registration Form." Send your completed registration form and a check payable to AB Women's Ministries to:
    AB Women's Ministries
    PO Box 851
    Valley Forge, PA 19482

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds.

    Special Note
    Use this virtual mission encounter to prepare yourself for the 2017 Spiritual Pilgrimage to Republic of Georgia!

    Spread the Word!
    Help AB Women's Ministries promote this Virtual Mission Encounter by 2017 VME Flyer with your local, association and/or region AB Women's Ministries group. Thank you!

    Contact: AB Women's Ministries
    PO Box 851 • Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
    1-800-ABC-3USA, ext 2288

    Po Box 851 · Valley Forge, PA · 19482-0851
    (610) 768-2288 · info@abwministries.org