“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
January 2017. The doors opened, and the women flooded in. Upon entering the foyer, a large floral backdrop awaited to welcome them with the words, “Hello, Beautiful.” Volunteers wearing t-shirts with purple, turquoise and navy butterflies that surrounded the phrase, “Still I Rise,” greeted the attendees with warm smiles as they ushered women inside. The atmosphere was relaxed and inviting as over 100 women passed by the snack table, then found their seats around the circular tables that filled the room. Hostesses made sure each of the women at their table felt safe and included as introductions were made. And then the music began…
Abuse. This isn’t a word that the world throws around lightly, but it’s also something that is not discussed widely. And here, women sat shoulder to shoulder next to fellow survivors. These women had stories, too. Many of them would take steps toward healing that day.
“The theme for the 2018 Still I Rise conference will be: “I Am Not Alone,” and will continue the overall theme of healing wounded hearts and giving a voice to abuse survivors…. There is a community of women who have lived through their own abuse stories, and are ready to walk with them as they heal their memories and move forward in life.”
What can you expect to experience from Still I Rise?
- Powerful testimonies from abuse survivors
- Praise and Worship
- A safe and welcoming environment and time to share with other survivors
- Live teaching from 3 speakers, including fellow survivor and author Michel Lanclos (“The Real You, My Beloved”)
- Resources to help you continue your journey of growth and healing
If you have been a victim of abuse – sexual, physical, verbal, emotional, etc. – then, you are not alone. It is time for you to experience healing and freedom from your past hurts.
The second annual Still I Rise Abuse Survivor Conference will be held at The Bayou Church in Lafayette on January 26-27, 2018. Tickets are $35 and the deadline to purchase is January 24. Seating is limited. You can purchase your tickets here.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please reach out to the following resources for help: