I've always had an aversion to women's conferences. It isn't totally rational or fair of me but there you are. I haven't looked forward to what I always judged to be "Hear Us Roar," kind of events. I didn't see the value of celebrating being a women simply by virtue of our double-x chromosomes. I'm a woman, so what? That isn't an accomplishment on my part. It was akin to having "Pretty Women" conferences or a "Natural Blond," conference. What's the point of sitting in a room celebrating how great we all are?
To be fair, such conferences can be a good thing, you can talk about the unique challenges or blessing of being a women, encourage one another, and appeal to the sensitivities, giftings, and interests of women. But I would much rather spend the weekend at a conference that encouraged and challenged me as a human.
Some would argue that this conference does just that and I'm not out to get Women of Faith, especially because I think they do a lot of really great things. I'm glad the conference exists, it just was one more thing that got me thinking about what it actually means to be a woman of God.
And I'm still thinking. I have some ideas but they're not ready to share yet. Instead I'm going to show you the highlight of the weekend, the only person who got 2 standing ovations and an encore. And, in my opinion the best speaker the entire weekend.
Okay a disclaimer, I'm not a Sandi Patty fan. I've never been and I was not excited for this performance initially. Sandi Patty is mom-music and I listen to Feist and Mumford & Sons, way too cool for Sandi Patty. But she was so incredibly real in her message and I am a big fat sucker for 1) a rocking Soprano 2) Orchestral accompaniments, & 3) Sign Language interpreting, so she blasted my shields away and made me stand and clap and cry and generally act like a big ol' girl.
I almost bought the WOF DVD simply to get this performance. But then I remembered YouTube...