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Sankofa Women’s Conference – Making a Way Out of No Way: Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Conference

We stand on the shoulders of those who have made a way out of no way! Dr. Linda Thomas’ lecture at this conference suggests how we can find and engage spiritual resilience. How do we make our lives work when there’s so much confusion? Where do we go whenwe feel unsafe? To whom do we turn?

The annual Sankofa Women’s Conference is about lifting up and empowering women and providing an opportunity for both healing and spiritual development. The conference brings together women of all ages, ethnicities and social classes to share their experiences, learn from one another and heal together. We bring world-class speakers and leading voices in their fields to shine a light on different aspects of women’s issues, share their own experiences and lead spiritually-driven healing for women in all stages of life.


8:30 AM Registration/ Gathering 9:00 –12 NOON Keynotes
12 NOON Lunch
12:45 PM Workshops I
2:30 PM Workshop II
3:45 PM Closing, Benediction



Dr. Linda E. Thomas has engaged students, scholars and communities as a scholar for almost twenty years. She studies, researches, writes, speaks and teaches about the intersection and mutual influence of culture and religion. Her work is rooted intransitively in a Womanist perspective.

Dr. Thomas has taught in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, ethics and theology. She is particularly focused on the experience of African-American women, and is passionate about uncovering and exploring historical and contemporary experiences and ideologies that govern actions, policies and norms surrounding sex, race and class. She always incorporates multiple teaching and learning methods in the classroom; in addition to traditional sources, she regularly uses literature, music and film to provide variety and relevance for her students.

Her professional academic experience began as Dean of Students at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., where she also taught courses in spiritual formation. She has served on the faculty at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. At Garrett, she also served as the Director of the Center of the Church and the Black Experience. Currently, Dr. Thomas serves as full professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Drew University.

Melonie Iglehart-Hammons, Sankofa Scholar
Engaging core personal energy and thus becoming more self aware and better able to inspire and lead others to spiritual health and wholeness.

Breakout Sessions

Releasing Tension Through Massage – Judith Jenkins, Licensed Physical Therapist

Come learn about healing your own spirit through touch and massage.

Feeding Mind, Body and Soul – Mary A. Reyes, RN, BSN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator for Christus Santa Rosa Hospital at Westover Hills.)
Tools you can use to improve your health and prevent diabetes and other health issues in your life.

Finding Balance with Yoga and Fitness – Betty Floris, Registered Yoga Teacher, MS in exercise physiology

Taking time to care for your physical self allows for the whole self to thrive. This workshop will help you see the connections among body, mind and spirit, and how physical fitness helps improve our spiritual fitness.

Creativity with Collage – Tina Karagulian, Spiritual Director, Artist and AuthorTaking time for relaxation with breath and meditation then creating with collage.

Understanding Spiritual Healing: Crushed, But Not Broken – Cynthia Ladson, Sankofa Scholar

Understanding spiritual healing using Scripture and numerous visuals.; turning over life situations to God for renewal, restoration and revitalization.


$65 (FOR GROUP OF 4)
Scholarships available (request made through Thelma at above number)

Register online below. For group registration and scholarship information, call Thelma.

Thelma at 210.341.1366Ext 230



March 18
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Sankofa Institute
(210) 341-1366 ext. 230


Whitley Theological Center
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio , TX 78216 United States
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(210) 341-1366 x 406

Who's Attending

14 people are attending Sankofa Women’s Conference – Making a Way Out of No Way: Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit

  • Loretta Mammen
  • Katherine Aikens
  • Pamela Zanotelli
  • Louisa Hill
  • Melva Ramirez
  • Ana Bernal
  • Ligis Garcia
  • Elva Gallegos
  • Maria Garcia
  • Jennifer Castro
  • Toni Hatchett
  • Linda Howelton
  • Judith Patton
  • Marilyn Andrews