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Women's Conference

Session I – May 30 to June 1, 2017

Session II – June 2-4, 2017


Please call (800) 460-4401 ext. 246 to register by phone.

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“A Durable Fabric; Frayed but not Afraid”
2017 keynote: MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Verse: Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Take a break from the busyness of life during the Mo-Ranch Women’s Conference to recharge physically, mentally and spiritually. Gather together with hundreds of other women from across the region for either of the identical sessions of Women’s Conference. Conference activities include keynote presentations, worship, fellowship, recreation, free time and workshops.

The purpose of the Mo-Ranch Women’s Conference is to:

  • Create an inviting and safe environment for growth and renewal
  • Hear God’s word through inclusive and intentional worship
  • Reach a diverse cross-section of women by culture, age and background
  • Celebrate and be good stewards of God’s creation
  • Practice inclusiveness, radical hospitality and joyful fellowship
  • Allow a place to reconnect with ourselves, God and each other

Mothers, daughters and granddaughters come together for a time of reunion and growth. Friendships that last a lifetime are made by women who would not have otherwise met.

Come and see for yourself.

Download Women’s Conference posters for bulletin boards and to share with others. Click the download poster button below.

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Register with just a $75 deposit if you register by March 31, 2017! Register now, space is limited.

Are you registered for the 2017 Bible Study Conference?

Women’s Conference session I & II attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Bible Study Conference that is being hosted June 1-2. The conference is tailored for Presbyterian Women leaders who are utilizing the Horizons Bible Study. The author of the 2017-2018 Horizons Bible Study, Melissa Bane Sevier, will be here to give participants an in-depth look at the study and share in conversation about topics within that study. Click here to learn more.


2017 Keynote Speaker: The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

MaryAnn is a blogger, writer, spouse, mother of three, muffin maker and occasional marathoner. She is a Presbyterian pastor whose spiritual inner-child is secretly Quaker (secret’s out!). She believes in the expansive love of God that knows no bounds. She was recently named the recipient of the 2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild.

MaryAnn served as a pastor for 12 years, including Idylwood Presbyterian Church and Burke Presbyterian Church. She has completed a variety of writing projects, including her book, Sabbath in the Suburbs, released in 2012 by Chalice Press. She has also served as co-chair of NEXT Church, a national movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that’s calling forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context.

Click here to visit her Blue Room blog and learn more about MaryAnn.

Worship Leader: Rev. Cindy Kohlmann
Music Leader: Beth Judd
Chaplain: Rev. Jill Williams
Conference Designer: Bruce Morgan
Technology Coordinator: Cindy Jung

Conference Planning Team

Director: Rev. Michelle Vetters

Co-Director: Carol Rahn

Planning Team Member: Charlotte Marx-Harper

Planning Team Member: Allison Lorimer

Planning Team Member: Kris Bair

2017 Women’s Conference Schedule & Workshop titles and leaders (scroll down)
*sample schedule, subject to change

Tuesday (5/30) and Friday (6/2)

4:00-6:00 pm                Registration                                                                  Dishman Auditorium
5:30-6:30 pm                Dinner                                                                           King Dining Hall
6:45-7:00 pm                Gathering Music                                                           Main Auditorium
7:00-7:15 pm                Welcome, Announcements                                           Main Auditorium
                                           & Introductions
7:15-8:30 pm                Worship & Keynote                                                       Main Auditorium

Wednesday (5/31) and Saturday (6/3)

7:15 am                          Morning devotions                                                        Prayer Tank
                                                                                                                            Rain location: Wynne Flato Lobby
                                                                                                                            Chapel on the Hill
                                                                                                                            Rain location: Indoor Chapel
7:30-8:30 am                  Breakfast                                                                      King Dining Hall
8:45-9:00 am                  Gathering Music                                                           Main Auditorium
9:00-10:15 am                Worship & Keynote                                                       Main Auditorium
10:30-11:45 am              Workshop #1
12:00-1:00 pm                Lunch                                                                            King Dining Hall
1:30-2:45 pm                  Workshop #2
2:45-5:30 pm                  Freetime
5:30-6:30 pm                  Dinner                                                                            Riverfront
                                                                                                                              Rain location: King Dining Hall
7:00-8:30 pm                 Worship with Communion                                                Main Auditorium

Thursday (6/1) and Sunday (6/4)

Checkout time at Mo-Ranch is 11:00 am. Please have all belongings out of your assigned housing before coming to worship.
7:15 am                          Morning devotions                                                         Prayer Tank
                                                                                                                             Chapel on the Hill
7:30-8:30 am                  Breakfast                                                                       King Dining Hall
8:45-10:00 am                Workshop #3
10:15-10:30 am              Gathering Music                                                            Main Auditorium
10:30-11:45 am              Closing Worship & Keynote                                           Main Auditorium
11:45 am-1:00 pm           Lunch                                                                            King Dining Hall
2017 Workshops

Andrea Nieto – Self- Reiki for Well-Being
Maria Gould – Art – Scarf creation
Veda Gill – Leading Reconciliation
Michelle Vetters – “No” is a Complete Sentence
Sallie Watson – Deep-C Diving
Liz Branch & Meg Scott – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Refugee Ministry
Bonnie Edwards – Labyrinth
Beth Judd – Glory to God Poignant Poetry
Suzanne Crouch – Living the Life and Legacy of Dorcas: A life of Transformative Philanthropy
Dee Wadsworth – A Patchwork Quilt of Multi-Generational Caregiving
Allison Lorimer – Mo-Ranch Vistas
Susan Jackson Dowd – Presbyterian Women Bible Study
Jo Ann Currie – Discovering your Spiritual Gifts
Jan Seale – Celebrating Women’s Gifts and Wholeness
Rose Niles – Women and Philanthropy
Kris Bair – Navigating the News (Session 2)
Jan Edmiston – Navigating the News (Session 1)


Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit of $75 per person must accompany registration.

A word about terminology:

Hotel Housing is either Wynne/Flato Lodge, Pheasant Run, or Westminster. If your church has made a deposit for hotel rooms, please contact your group coordinator, or call (800) 460-4401 ext. 246 to register.

Group Housing for session one is either Nicklos Barn, Nicklos Place, Triplex Apartments, or the Casitas.

Group Housing for session two is either Nicklos Barn, Nicklos Place, Triplex Apartments, River Dorm Apartment, Guest Lodge or Log Lodge.

Commuter Rate excludes lodging, includes tuition, lunches and dinners.

Women’s Conference 1
Women’s Conference 2
Hotel Housing (single occupancy): $456
Hotel Housing (single occupancy): not available
Hotel Housing (double occupancy): $355
Hotel Housing (double occupancy): $355
Group Housing: $332
Group Housing: $332
Commuter: $217
Commuter: $217

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A deposit must accompany your registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event or upon registration if within 60 days. Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 60 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 60 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

For help with, or questions about registration, contact the registrar at or 800-460-4401x246.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Arrival and Departure

Session 1 Conference registration begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 pm. The opening plenary will be at 7:15 p.m. Conference ends Thursday, June 1 with lunch.

Session II Conference registration begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 pm. The opening plenary will be at 7:15 p.m. Conference ends Sunday, June 4 with lunch.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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