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ECW Women's Retreat

The ECW Retreat is open to all women of the Diocese of Western North Carolina and will focus on the first Christians. What was the First Century like and why did Christianity take hold? And about the role of women: They obviously were active in that first century and then the church acted as if they didn’t exist. And of course about the role of St. Paul in all this.

Retreat Facilitator: Katerina Katsarka Whitley

Katerina Katsarka Whitley has returned to the Diocese of WNC after spending four years in the Diocese of Kentucky. Before the year 2000 she worked for a decade in the national office of the Episcopal Church creating communication material for the then Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief (now Episcopal Relief and Development). She also spent 10 years as editor of Cross Current in the Diocese of East Carolina. Between 2001 and 2010, she taught communication courses at Appalachian State University.

Katerina is the author of seven books: five of them focus on the voices of biblical characters and were published my Morehouse. Her sixth book centers around Greek culture and cuisine. And the seventh is a novel, A New Love. It tells the story of the early
church in Corinth, while St. Paul was in the city, and the people who were influenced by his message of love.

Katerina was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and loves to talk about her culture, her faith, and her writing. She teaches at Appalachian, leads writing workshops and retreats, and lives in Boone.

$120.46 double occupancy for 1 night & 3 meals
$153.52 Single occupancy for 1 night & 3 meals
$37.45 for commuter & 2 meals

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