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Come and learn with us

Speaker series offers expertise and inspiration

Several times each year, Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision invites individuals who are on the front lines of the fight against poverty and injustice to come share with us.

Find more event details on our calendar page.

Heart of the Matter

Small group studies

The Heart of the Matter is a biblically-based, interactive, study series. The series includes three distinct studies which can be used one at a time or together for a longer study.

1. Hope in a World of Hurt — four lessons focusing on how Christians are called to respond to the needs of the poor, some root causes of poverty, relating to those living in poverty, and how love is key to coming alongside those in need. The study examines how to see the poor through the eyes of God. The final chapter is the challenge to speak out and advocate by giving a voice to the voiceless. This study is foundational for the entire Heart of the Matter series.

2. Communities Transformed with Change that Lasts — six lessons studying how transformational community development brings hope and lasting change to communities and individuals. Topics include planning from the ground up, asset-based community development, using appreciative inquiry, and the specific impact of improving access to water and food, health, literacy and economic development. The study wraps up by recognizing how a holistic perspective is what works best. This is excellent preparation for traveling or serving in developing communities.

3. Touching the Lives of Women in Poverty — five lessons examining how extreme poverty and injustice uniquely impact the lives of women and girls. When a girl is born into poverty, she enters one of the largest groups in the world to experience the lack of basic needs and human rights: poor women. Topics include gender equity from birth, trafficking and exploitation, work, health, and the violence of mutilation and conflict. This study will motivate participants to help change the world for girls and women.

The combination of video, printed material, discussion and reflection questions, simulations, quizzes, and other learning activities contribute to a multifaceted and creative learning experience and makes this series easy to lead and personally engaging for all participants.

The study offers opportunities to:

- explore Scripture

- personally reflect, share and pray

- develop a greater understanding about poverty and oppression

- participate in interactive learning experiences

- learn about the transformational and long term work of World Vision

Please contact us if you are interested: cwwov@cwwov.org. We will make sure you receive information about the studies scheduled for this year. We are also happy to facilitate a study for your own small group.

Summer Book Groups

June, July, and August

Summer, books, and Women of Vision go well together. Check the calendar tab as summer approaches each year to see what we're reading in June, July, and August and when and where to meet. It's a great opportunity to read a meaningful book related to poverty and justice issues and enjoy a lively discussion. Please join us for just one or all of the summer selections.

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