• Writer and celibacy advocate Julie Rodgers gave us a glimpse into her experience as a gay Christian living and leading in the context of community. Her voice introduced a conversation at my table around how easy it is to fall into cookie-cutter circles of friends.
• Author Annie Downs gave us permission to grieve the dream whose time has passed and didn’t come true. Her vulnerability challenged me to ask, “What am I waiting for? What do I need to let go of?”
• Q hosted two panel discussions (one with husbands, one with wives) around the idea of what to do with two callings under one roof. While I felt like they missed the mark a bit (What about all the single women in the room? What about all the women who have husbands unsure of their calling?), I give them credit for trying. The conversation reminded me of how unusually supportive my marriage really is and that true partnership is needed for both to live out their purpose.
What I've added to my "to-read” list because of Q:
• Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs
• Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray
• “Calling is where your talents and burdens collide.” Rebekah Lyons
• “Too often, we live under the shadow of what we should be.” Sarah Dubbledam
• “Women are not just victims of war; they are drivers of peace.” Shannon Sedgwick Davis
• “Loving well goes a long way.” Julie Rodgers
• “Where we shine brightest is where we can illuminate the darkness the most.” Una Mulale
Julie Pierce has one big dream: to empower women leaders to change the world. She does this through one-on-one coaching, consulting teams, and communicating with groups throughEmpowered by Pierce. She is on the board of advisors for Today’s Christian Woman, Gifted for Leadership, and Polish Ministries. Julie is passionate about global women’s issues, old-school Amy Grant, and the perfect pie. She has been married to the love of her life for more than 17 years and has two superheroes who call her mom. You can follow her on Twitter @julie_pierce or her blog at www.empoweredbypierce.com.