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Rev. Dr. Katie Hays was guest speaker at the Disciples Women’s February meeting at Central Christian Church.  Her topic was “Women’s Moral Agency in the Early Church.”

Katie currently pastors Galileo Church, where LGBT and neurodiversity are welcome. However, Katie grew up in a more traditional congregation, one where women did everything.  They tended the nursery, cooked the pot-lucks—literally kept the church going.

“But,” Katie said, “they didn’t have a voice unless they were singing.”

As Katie grew older, when hearing Biblical stories spotlighting men, she wondered where the women were and what they were doing. She began to examine the female Biblical characters behind the scenes and their roles in the early church, bringing to focus a subject still prominent in today's lifestyle.

Following Katie’s attention-grabbing and motivating presentation, the Disciples women enjoyed a delightful Valentine-themed lunch prepared by Rosemary Davenport. When Rosemary hosts, the food and décor is no less than amazing. 

Lunch was tortellini with prosciutto and peas, raspberry compote with a sweet ending of assorted brownies and chocolate dipped strawberries.

When everyone “oohs and aahs” over the beautiful table setting, Rosemary’s response is “This is my gift. I do it out of love.”

And love it was—a lovely valentine for all.

You don’t have to be a member of Central or any church, for that matter, to be a part of this great group of women and the educational and entertaining programs that they enjoy.  Spring will bring a field trip to the Christian Arts Museum in Ft. Worth with lunch at the famed Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant.  

Email Shelia Huffman at for more information or contact Laura Ninesling in the church office at 214-526-7291.

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