2021 – A Time to Heal

Our first online Women’s Conference – Feb. 20, 27 and March 6. Click on “Registration Choices” in the sidebar to the right.

For Workshop Choices click here or in the sidebar to the right. (Remember to email reg@woconjapan.org with your choices.)

Please Note: WoCon 2021 Registration closed on Feb. 13 to allow time for Zoom group assignments and workshop link notifications. Keynote and workshop links will be emailed to all registrants.

We would like to invite you, wherever you are either physically or metaphorically, to join us at WOCON 2021 on three Saturdays in Lent: Feb. 20 & 27, and March 6 at 9am Japan time. We will explore the kairos (or opportune moment) of this Women’s Conference with the theme, ‘A Time to Heal.’

Pastors Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and Ikuko Williams will be our keynote speakers to guide us on our Lenten journey of healing. Our hope is that these online gatherings would inspire us and lead us in our reflections on our walk with the Lord and with one another here on earth at this present time.

In this broken world, with or without a pandemic, we are all in need of healing – in perhaps more ways than one. The good news is that in the midst of brokenness, it is God who desires healing for us and it is God who is the healer. And yet, healing does not often come to us as we wish, however earnestly we may pray or yearn for it, whether you are a Christian or not.  What is it about healing that we we have yet to understand? What is it that God wishes for us to understand?  And where is the light of hope that we can find in the quest for healing?

We are looking forward to a unique opportunity in February and March of 2021 to gather virtually as a global, spiritual and digitally-connected community of women.  Given the nature of the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation we are in, it may not be too far of a stretch for us to think that we all may benefit from taking a moment to reflect on the theme of Healing. All of us are in need of healing of one kind or another.

The Women’s Conference is an annual gathering started by the women of the Christian missionary community sixty-four years ago and has been blessed by speakers such as Diana Butler Bass, Madeleine L’Engle, Koko Kondo, Susan Townsley, Sharon Draper and Hennie Symington. Please join us by signing up here at the WoCon website after October 1, 2020.

Please register and reserve a spot with a minimum requested donation of ¥3,000 to fund this year’s conference. Additional donations are welcome and will be used to help launch the 65th WoCon Celebration in 2022 tentatively planned to be held in Nagasaki. Donations will also help fund JOEE, a nonprofit foundation that exists to bring lively native-language English lessons to children in institutionalized care homes using puppets, games and songs. (See JOEE.jp for more information.)

Conference Schedule: Listed in Japan time – please convert for your own time zone.

Mode Notes: Prerecorded Keynotes will be broadcast (thanks to Tokyo Union Church for their assistance); Zoom groups are live; workshops are as listed. Links will be sent before the conference begins.

Date and TimeEventMode
Feb. 20 – 9:00 amKeynote 1; Sarah Hinlicky WilsonBroadcast
Feb. 20 – 9:45 amDiscussion Groups – Up to 16 per groupZoom
Feb. 20 – 10:00 amKeynote 1 Conclusion; Sarah Hinlicky WilsonBroadcast
Feb. 20 – 10:30 amWorkshops Zoom and/or Link
Feb. 20 – 12:00 noonLunch Bunch Groups – Up to 16 per groupZoom
Feb. 27 – 9:00 amKeynote 2; Ikuko WilliamsBroadcast
Feb. 27 – 9:45 amJournal Writing Time w Meditation MusicBroadcast
Feb. 27 – 10:00 amKeynote 2; Ikuko Williams Broadcast
Feb. 27 – 10:30 amWorkshopsZoom and/or Link
Feb. 27 – 12:00 noonLunch Bunch Groups – Up to 16 per groupZoom
March 6 – 9:00 am“A Time to Heal” WorshipBroadcast