Conference Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, October 20
5:00 PM Doors Open for Pre-Conference Check-In
6:00 PM Dinner Served for Pre-Conference Attendees
6:30 PM Pre-Conference Sessions Begin:
BRAVE to Lead - 6 speakers on leadership topics and an interactive panel . Sponsored by Proven Way.
Racial Reconciliation - interactive session to create a BRAVE vision for a reconciled community
8:30 PM BRAVE Like A Child Pre-Conference Party and Concert
Root beer floats, oversized coloring pages and games, shopping, and a concert from Kara-Nichole. All BRAVE
Saturday, October 21
8:00 AM Doors Open
9:00 AM BRAVE For the Joy Set Before Us - Main Session
Worship by Kara-Nichole, Opening Prayer with BRAVE Partners
Speakers will include: Keynote Speaker Nicole Unice; Conference Hostess Kat Cannon, and a Representative
from SafePlace and the Eloise House
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Living Room Sessions Group One
Brave To Walk Through the Darkness -When darkness creeps into our lives and our hearts, even the smallest steps forward feel overwhelming and frightening. So many of us can relate – and the recent craze over the painful suicide story “13 Reasons Why” shows us how pervasive – and dangerous – fears of isolation, loneliness, abuse, and depression can be. Jamie and Jaleesa have walked such paths in their own lives, and will share how they found the courage to walk through the darkness.
Presenters: Jamie Kingsley and Jaleesa Mack
Location: Room 105-107
Brave to Value Singleness - Did you know that over half of Austin’s adults are currently single? In a culture that often has defined women by their relationships with a man, single women can feel isolated and “less than.” But God says a woman’s purpose and her brave aren’t defined by her relationship with anyone other than Him. Gina and Vanessa talk about the value and the challenges of singleness, and how BRAVE sisters - married and unmarried - can encourage each other no matter what season of life we’re in.
Presenters: Gina Dalfonzo and Vanessa Jackson, LPC
Location: Upper Room
Brave in a Culture of Chaos - Las Vegas. Houston. Charlottesville. Just naming these cities brings up images of chaos and fear as we consider what’s happening in the world around us. We have no control over natural disasters, no way to know when the evils of terrorism and violence might fade back into the shadows, and no idea of what’s coming next. How can we face such turmoil with courage, and will our brave measure up to the culture of chaos around us? Kathryn and Amy talk about how we can live brave in these troubled times.
Presenters: Kathryn Freeman and Amy O’Donnell
Brave Enough To Forgive - Forgiveness is hard. No one knows that better than Jesus, and yet He’s able to forgive all of our stuff, and calls us to forgive ourselves and others. But that means having the courage to let go of the past, and being brave enough to trust God with our pain. Melanie, Sharmon, and Ann will share their stories of forgiving the pains of broken relationships, abuse, and abortion.
Presenters: Melanie Gibson, Sharmon Coleman, and Ann Sterling
12:00 PM Lunch and Conversation Circles - Gather in groups to talk about what BRAVE looks like in our individual
1:30 PM Break
1:45 PM Living Room Sessions Group Two
Brave Parenting in a Digital World - We live in an increasingly digital world, and no parents have ever raised children in a world like this before. Between social media, video games, and screens of all kinds, fears about the effects of all this electronic information can paralyze us or overwhelm us – or both! Susan and Rachel will talk with us about raising “digital natives” with wisdom and confidence instead of fear.
Presenters: Susan Seay and Dr. Rachel Kowert
Brave Enough To Rest - Our fast-paced society ain’t slowing down, and we women are moving more, doing more, working more – and resting less. Yet God commands us to take a break – it’s one of the Ten Commandments! What keeps us from slowing down from time to time, and what are we afraid might happen if we do take some space to stop for a bit? Ellen and Julie will share their thoughts and experience on being brave enough to rest for our own sakes and for the sake of those around us.
Presenters: Ellen Carpenter, MA, LPC, CLC, and Julie Lyles Carr
Brave To Love The LGBTQ+ Community - We believe that God designed sex for marriage, and for marriage to be between one man and one woman. But not everyone in our community agrees, and yet we are called to love everyone who is made in God’s image. Instead of distancing ourselves from those who embrace same sex unions and the LGBTQ+ community, how can we approach them with love and understanding? Melissa shares her experience and wisdom in serving this community with the love of Jesus.
Presenter: Melissa Fisher
Location: Upper Room
Brave To Take The First Step (and the next...) - Look out for that first step – it could be a doozy! We often can’t see what God has planned for us, and that murky future might just scare us into staying put right where we are. But Terri and Annie can tell us that taking a first step with God can open up a much brighter path than we could have imagined. All we have to do is be brave enough to start.
Presenters: Terri Burnett and Annie Hardy
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM A BRAVE Response - Main Session
Worship by Kara-Nichole; Performance by the Pivot Dance Company; Keynote Speaker Nicole Unice
4:30 PM S’more BRAVE After Party
S’mores, sodas, shopping, and “Declare Your Brave”
6:00 PM We're done!