Mennonite Women USA invites all women from across the United States to a resource gathering and networking retreat every two years.

Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries is sponsored by Mennonite Women USA and Dove’s Nest.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are teaming up for “Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries,” a two-day event in Omaha, Nebraska, July 26-27, 2018. Please register by July 16! Scroll down to find registration information and link.

To download the poster for this event, click here.

Schedule of Events

1:00 PM Family Patterns and Cultural Communication

What do healthy boundaries mean for us in this #metoo #churchtoo climate? Why do some of us easily claim healthy boundaries and others of us struggle to do so? Keynoter Jenny Castro of Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership Project will help us understand the big picture of boundary management.

2:00–3:30 PM: Finding Your Voice
Is it really okay to be assertive or to refuse to people-please? Can we be empowered to be clear about our individual needs? Here you’ll learn the top ten ways to set and model healthy boundaries. The girls’ presenter will be Kathy Haake, associate director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe.
The women’s presenter will be Carol Hurst, Dove’s Nest’s Speaker Bureau member and associate professor and social work program director at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.

4:00–5:30 PM: Celebrating Self
What about you do you absolutely adore? This session will offer tools on gaining self-awareness, personal empowerment, and claiming positive messages about ourselves. The presenters will be Dove’s Nest’s Speaker Bureau members Carol Hurst, associate professor and social work program director at Eastern Mennonite University, for girls and Brenda Yoder,licensed mental health counselor and author, for women.

6:00–9:00 PM: Catered dinner, worship with Pastor Andrea Wall (Jesus is a model for boundary setting!), art expression opportunities, and fellowship.

9:00 AM–Noon: Claiming It Now and Taking It Home
After an energetic wrap-up, you will work individually and in small groups to create a tangible take-home plan that names how you will claim healthy personal boundaries in your own life.

Cost: $60/person. Payment can be made through our secure website link,, or by check. Checks should be made payable to “Dove’s Nest” and mailed to the following address:

Dove’s Nest
5723 N 99th St
Omaha, NE 68134

Please consider a donation above $60, which would help us further fund our work at the conference and beyond.

All general public registration scholarships have been claimed, but a limited number of scholarships remain for participants from Mennonite congregations. APPLY HERE.

Participants are responsible for travel and housing. A list of regional hotels can be found HERE. A block of rooms have been reserved at Sonesta Suites for $89 a night for a studio suite; if you are interested in staying there, follow THIS LINK to make your reservation.

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Formerly, this event was called PREP. For more history on the event, click here.