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1. Filled with All the Fullness of God: Ephesians 3:16–21

Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset

What does it mean to live a life of expectation? Doesn’t it just set a person up for disappointment? Paul’s soaring words about the unfathomable love of Christ is both hopeful and daunting. Come and imagine together what it might mean to be embraced by a love so deep and broad and high. Come and explore what it might mean to be strengthened in your inner being, as a woman in today’s world, shaped by the power of God’s spirit to surpass our imagination.

The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset has been Minister of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Toronto since July 2012. She graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and received her Doctorate of Theology (in homiletics) from Knox College of Toronto in 2007.

Emily has been involved in the life of the national church in a variety of ways including, preaching and coordinating worship for General Assembly, preaching at Stewards By Design, coordinating worship for Canada Youth 2016, and leading retreats and Bible studies. Emily has written curriculum for the PCC and served as Adjunct Faculty at Knox College.

Emily is married to the Rev. Alex Bisset, who is Minister of Riverdale and Westminster Presbyterian Churches in Toronto. They have a 5 year old daughter, Rachel.

2. God’s People Inside and Out: Biblical Inspiration for Identity and Mission

Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Who we are “inside” as a people created by God, redeemed by Christ, and inspired by the Spirit makes us who we are “outside” in witness, openness, and mission. This forum will help participants listen for the Old Testament call to ground our identity in God’s loving intentions for well-being for creation and to have that call shape our lives as a loving, welcoming, missional community.

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls’ bio can be found in Leadership Preveiw.

3. Half the Sky: Video and Discussion

Rev. Sarah Kim, facilitator

Quote from DVD:
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.
Take an unforgettable journey with six actresses/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation, and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity.
Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere.

In this forum, we will watch one or two of the six videos and have a moderated time of discussion.

The Rev. Sarah Kim is the Executive Director of the Women’s Missionary Society. She has visited many of our partner churches and learned from women around the world.

4. Leading Congregational Change in the 21st Century

Rev. Theresa Cho

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are rooted in God’s love. Our faith, strength, call, and identity is rooted in God’s love. Yet, in this post-Christendom time, our sense of rootedness can seem shaky and loose. On the contrary, our roots have never been deeper and more connected. The Rev. Theresa Cho will provide a fresh framework on how we can live out our call to “live in our hearts through faith,” and “grasp love’s width and length, height and depth.”

The Rev. Theresa Cho’s bio can be read on page 9.