2019 – The Beatitudes:  God’s Paradox of Everyday Blessings

62nd Annual Women’s Conference
February 15th-17th, 2019
Asian Rural Institute

Join us at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) as Roni Daniels and Rev. Gail Mundt share about the Beatitudes and the acceptance of God’s blessings in our daily lives.

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 ARI mural by Sri Lankan artist, Nalini M. Jayasuriya

Details of the 2019 conference

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”-Matthew 5:9 

2018 Group Photo

For the past 61 years during the season of winter, a community of women of various nationalities living in Japan take a timeout from busy schedules to gather for fellowship, reflection, laughter, joy, friendship, rest, and Sunday worship.

In a move from previous years, this year we will be gathering at the Asian Rural Institute, an organic farm and remarkable place of community and learning, from February 15-17. The campus of Asian Rural Institute provides a beautiful and simple natural setting for the weekend exploration of the Beatitudes, We are grateful to be able to host Women’s Conference at ARI with the support of ARI’s Director – Tomoko Arakawa – and ARI Ecumenical Relations staff-person Kathy Froede, who are great advocates for Women’s Conference. 

(For conference registration, please click here. Please note that this conference is not able to sponsor visas.)

ARI’s beautiful campus

Whether housed in one of the ARI Dorms or the nearby Nogi Onsen Hotel, conference attendees will experience the warmth of fellowship and time for quiet outdoor reflection.  (There will be pickups provided back and forth from the hotel to the ARI campus at designated times.)

To learn more about ARI and Nogi Onsen Hotel, please click here (includes pictures of the facilities and accommodations). 

Introducing the 2019 Conference Facilitators:


A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Veronica (Roni) Daniels has lived a life of service as a medical professional and a Benedictine sister.  Starting out as an elementary school teacher, she later worked as a pediatric nurse, a family practice nurse, and a nurse educator. She has served in health care initiatives both within the U.S, in Maryland and Washington DC, as well as internationally in El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Haiti. Roni has worked with and continues to serve vulnerable communities, including the homeless, HIV patients and criminal offenders.  She was a Benedictine Sister for 40 years, and served as a nurse to Mother Teresa in Washington, D.C., and in Calcutta in the last year of her life at the request of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa’s Sisters. Roni taught at Seisen International School in Japan from 2013-2015 and now continues to assist religious communities with health care needs in the United States.

_20180925_195423Rev. Gail Mundt will be planning Sunday morning worship for Women’s Conference and sharing how the Beatitudes have impacted her life journey. In the fall of 2011, Gail joined her husband Randall Mundt in interim ministry at Tokyo Union Church.  While supporting her husband Randy’s pastorate at TUC, Gail herself completed the requirements for ordination as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and accepted an official call to serve TUC as Interim Associate Pastor working with Pastor Johann Symington. By sharing her gifts, Gail helped to bridge a time of transition and build community at TUC.   She encouraged many sisters at TUC to participate in the annual Women’s Conference. Gail led her first Holy Communion service at Women’s Conference following her ordination. Gail’s faithful example of following God’s call to study and serve as a minister later in life is a wonderful inspiration. She and Randy serve churches in Colorado. They enjoy as many visits as possible with their three adult children and their beloved grandson whose nickname is the “Main Attraction.” It is delight to welcome back Rev. Gail Godwin Mundt for a visit to Japa

Logistical Information for the conference:


(For conference registration, please click here. Please note that this conference is not able to sponsor visas.)

ARI Dorm Rates: These per-person rates include accommodation, five meals, conference program, one onsen admission, pickup (at designated times) and drop-off to Nasushiobara station by ARI microbuses. 

About half the accommodation at ARI is in 2 occupancy (twin) Western style rooms. In addition, there are Western and Japanese-style rooms that accommodate 3-4 people each.  Each floor has shared bathrooms and showers/bath. Ground floor rooms are available for those with mobility issues. 

Per-person rates at ARI

¥19,000 – *FIRST TIME at the Women’s Conference

¥21,000 – *EARLY BIRD (payment postmarked by 31 December)

¥23,000 – *REGULAR (payment postmarked from January 1, through to the conference)

MOTHER+DAUGHTER – ¥38,000 for two (Bring your daughter at reduced rate. Age 14+) 

Nogi Onsen Hotel rates (16 places only): These per-person rates include accommodation in 2 occupancy (twin) Western style. In addition there will be central heating, a hot buffet breakfast for 2 days (in addition to ARI’s lunch and dinners),private bathrooms, and access to a beautiful onsen.

Free access to ARI provided via microbus or carpool and transport to and from station as needed. There are only 16 places and priority will be given to those with mobility issues.

¥30,000 – EARLY BIRD (payment postmarked by December 31)

¥32,000 – REGULAR (payment postmarked from January 1 through to the conference)


From time to time, we have enough donations from individuals and organisations to help women who will be otherwise unable to attend the conference. Please note that the availability is limited, and even when awarded, the recipient will still be responsible for a portion of the registration fee. Priority will be given to those who are attending for the first time. Please see the registration page for details.

For any questions, please contact Sarah Oba (seira.oba@gmail.com) or Women’s Conference (info@woconjapan.org) for more information.


If you have a ride to offer, please let us know at info@woconjapan.org and we will add your car to the list.

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