Faith Nixon Symposium: Listening with Hope

By Margaret McVay, Westminster member

Please join us for the annual Faith Nixon Symposium on Saturday, March 20, from 10 am to noon. This event will be held on Zoom. The theme for this year’s event is “Listening with Hope.” The Rev. Julie Neraas will be our speaker, and there will be an opportunity for small group discussions. Julie is a longtime Presbyterian Pastor, spiritual director, retreat leader, author, and teacher at Hamline University. She has been apprenticed to hope through her decades with a chronic illness, and with her hope for all God’s people. She writes, “In this tumultuous time in our world, the viability of hope may be our biggest question. So many forces threaten to send hope to the sidelines. With it so much is possible. Without it, so little is. In this Faith Nixon Symposium, we’ll consider the nature of hope, its sources, and the habits and practices that encourage hope.”

Since this is Westminster’s Year of Listening, Listening with Hope in the midst of this pandemic year might be just what we are all craving. This event is open to both men and women, and we would love to have high school students join us as well. We will also offer a yoga/gentle movement session from 8:30-9:30 am.

This symposium is made possible each year by the Faith Nixon Endowment Fund, which honors the memory of Faith Nixon, one of the first women elders at Westminster, who paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. Her energy, humor, and open-mindedness were an inspiration to many.

For more information, including how to register, visit the event calendar listing.