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New Woman Chapter!

Woman is Expanding! It has always been my dream to see this beautiful, empowering Rite of Passage offered to more than simply Nyack College students. On October 6th, my dream came true! Three members of my leadership team and I headed down to Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, NJ, where we trained an amazing group of women in the philosophy behind Woman…

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Woman Rite of Passage

History

When Wanda Velez, Wanda Walborn, and I met in the fall of 2010 to plan a rite of passage for spring, 2011, I didn’t even dream that Woman would grow to be a year-long process, produce a two journal articles and The Book of Womanhood, and form a strong community of 20 mentors, 83 alumnae, and 15 current participants.  We started small! Women…

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Freeze My Eggs Part 2

When it’s hard to get or stay pregnant, everything feels heavy. It’s heavy emotionally, it’s heavy physically—especially after miscarriage, it’s heavy financially if one considers any type of treatment, in all, it’s heavily disappointing. Last week I asked, “Why can I freely prevent conception and yet if I’m infertile only conceive at great personal cost?” Check it out here. This week,…

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About Me

Welcome. I’m glad you’ve stopped by! I wish we could sit down and chat with a warm cup of coffee and some fresh chocolate chip cookies. I wish you were stopping by my little apartment with its view of the Hudson river. I’d ask you questions about life, we’d get deep, and then my son would wake up, come out, smile,…

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Woman Testimonials

Janice Stewart Peterson

When I was a young woman, it was normal to take time to contemplate my purpose and explore my identity. As years advanced, however, bad habits and wrong thinking went unchecked; I found myself trapped in ruts, feeling discouraged and uninspired.  This is why Davis Abdallah’s book, The Book of Womanhood, is so important for women of all ages.  For me,…

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Trusting God not Me

Rest.  Rest Today. Rest to show that you trust God rather than yourself. In Leviticus 25, the people were called to not plant on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 35th, 42nd, 49th, and 50th year. What?? Certainly today, I could go with no herbs on my patio each of those years, since I would just purchase some at the grocery…

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Dark, Dull Outlook?

There’s a tree on campus, pictured here by the gazebo. It has a beautiful, mysterious look all summer, and then it gets dark and dull. Every time, I’m afraid it won’t become a blazing red like the chairs in front. I love the blazing red–it’s an autumn highlight for me! Every Time, I wonder. Every Time, I get a little…

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Rite of Passage Testimonials

Deborah Walker, Mentor

Why mentor for the Woman program? Simply because it would be selfish not to. Conversations with my mentees were refreshing. Whether for insight, information, or simply an opportunity to be a listening ear, my mentees bought into the relationship which spoke volumes about their commitment to personal growth. The only thing missing was more time together.  I applaud Dr. Davis…

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Rite of Passage Process

The Woman Rite of Passage process has 4 primary stages. . .  STAGE 1: BECOMING A PARTICIPANT Even before the first meeting, Woman participants take initiative and show commitment and courage. They first take an online survey that gets them thinking about their personal relationships with God, self, others, and creation. We then contact them for an interview that is…

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