Thousands of women hope to make a faith connection during the nondenominational Women of Faith "Imagine 2011″ tour on Friday and Saturday at Philips Arena.
The annual conference, which is expected to draw 9,500 attendees, is designed to empower women in their spirituality and in their lives. Organizers say it is a Christian event, but open to women of all faiths.
"There's not one weekend when someone hasn't walked in with something on her mind and come away feeling stronger," said best-selling author, Sheila Walsh, who is among the keynote speakers.
In today's stressful times so many people, particularly women, are seeking peace and God's promises, she said. They must realize that having peace does not necessarily mean the absence of trouble, but experiencing the presence of God in the midst of trouble.
The two-day Atlanta event will include music and several guest speakers including Luci Swindoll and author Lisa Harper.
The musical lineup includes singers Mary Mary and Natalie Grant. People can register online and on-site.
Women of Faith, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Philips Arena. Tickets are $99 for individuals and per person for groups up to nine people and $89 per person for groups of 10 or more. Register online, or call 888-49-faith or on site. www.womenoffaith.com.
Shelia has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 30 years. Previously, she worked at The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Louisville Defender. Her beat is a bit of a mixed bag that includes religion and spirituality, culture and trends, race and aging. She earned degrees from Spelman College and Northwestern University.