Wocon 2017 – 60th anniversary! January 27-29, 2017 @ Amagi Sanso

Our Stories, God’s Stories

with Rev. Susan Townsley


Susan`s hopes for our time of weaving our stories together – Let’s enliven our faith through close and imaginative reading of biblical stories, and the poetic reading of our own lives. Our time together will feature Story telling, a poetic look at our own lives, and finding scripture stories that resonate in a deeply personal way (brochure).  Come for this and for the fellowship with remarkable women in a beautiful retreat setting at Amagi Sanso.
Join us for a celebratory 60th Anniversary weekend of rest, relaxation, restoration, and robust fun as we explore the wonderful stories of our lives!

Special Guest Presenter: The Reverend Susan Townsley has served churches in Maine, New York, Connecticut, and Mitaka, Japan. She served as Regional Minister with the UCC, with responsibilities including conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, leadership coaching and leadership search. Educated at Smith College and Harvard Divinity School, she is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She loves her family, hiking, and new adventures with her dog.

Registration is open from 1st October 2016-
we look forward to hearing from you – if you need to register by paper, please call or email below and we can snail mail you a registration form


EARLY BIRD (payment postmarked by December 17 , 2016)
¥23,000 – shared Japanese-style room for 4
¥27,000 – Western-style room for 2 w/ bath

REGULAR (payment postmarked from December 18 through to the conference)
¥26,000 – shared Japanese-style room
¥30,000 – Western-style room for 2 w/ bath

Note: All western rooms include 2 twin-size beds and sometimes a small fridge.

BRING YOUR DAUGHTER at reduced rate: (Age 14+)
¥19,000 – shared Japanese-style room
¥23,000 – Western-style room for 2 w/ bath

This per person fee covers lodging, six meals, conference program, ice cream cone, a free onsen bath – and opportunities for a whole lot of fun

Register online at: woconjapan.org

Payment: FURIKAE Available at any post office. Send to the following address:
Acct# 00240-3-29031      Acct Name: Women’s Conference

Please remember to allow 7 days for the money to reach our treasurer and be recorded. Please write your name and address in ROMAN LETTERS.

Co-Chairs: Teresa Sherrill and Nancy Nakaoka
For general enquiries, contact Teresa at info@woconjapan.org
For phone enquiries, contact Nancy at 080 4678 7241
Registrar: Betsy Terada
For enquiries about registration, contact Betsy at reg@woconjapan.org
Treasurer: Esther Yomoah
For enquiries about payment, contact Esther at treas@woconjapan.org


We have had a Facebook Page for years and will continue to keep it updated, but content from Pages is no longer included in the Facebook NewsFeed, so people are often unaware when new content is posted. So, we now have started a Facebook Group as well! Join this group and you will receive Facebook notifications when someone posts. You will also be allowed to post on the group page yourself.

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/The-Womens-Conference-373702912668052/

Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/175312206212878/

What if I’m not on FB? (or don’t use it so regularly?)
Don’t worry! The most important information will be on the website! But if you like receiving updates and reminders or if you want to coordinate things like carpooling or what to bring — the FB group will make things much easier.

Chartered Bus

Due to cost prohibitive factors beyond our control, the conference will not be providing a chartered bus. Some years ago, the government allowed anyone to become a “bus driver”, with disregard to strict safety standards. As a result, there have been many traffic accidents caused by bus drivers falling asleep at the wheel. The government’s reaction to this is to impose heavy penalties on bus companies, which made them increase their insurance packages. Therefore, customers like us must pay A LOT more money than in previous years. Unfortunately in the past, the conference suffered a loss of ¥60,000 (even after all passengers paid their portion). This of course does not stop any churches or individuals from chartering their own bus. If you feel so inclined to book a larger vehicle, please feel free to pursue that option. If you are having trouble finding enough people within your own group and would like to open up seating for others, the conference will be happy to make a carpool announcement on your behalf.  

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