LEWISTON —  The Center for Wisdom’s Women, a weekday drop in center for women in downtown Lewiston, announces the next program in their series called Wise and Strong Women Speak. The focus of the series is to celebrate the lives of remarkable women.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. This fall’s program will feature a conversation between a theologian, Marjory Zoet Bankson, and a therapist, Tammie Fowles and will have a focus on how they found and followed their callings in life. No reservations are required and there is no cost, although donations are appreciated in support of the women’s center.

Bankson was the president of Faith at Work (now called Lumunos) and editor of [email protected] Magazine for more than 20 years. She currently offers retreats and workshops and teaches on spiritual companionship at Washington National Cathedral, the Servant Leadership School and Virginia Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her recent book is “Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World.”

Fowles is a psychotherapist, author, life coach and certified celebrant currently practicing in Lewiston. She has a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is the author of “BirthQuake: The Journey to Wholeness.” She is a long time friend of the women’s center and provides a monthly reflection time for the center’s volunteer companions.

Marguerite Stapleton will again facilitate the evening’s conversation. She served as vice-president at St. Mary’s Health System for 15 years and now offers resources in spirituality to individuals, groups and organizations through her consulting business Wisdom Works. She was on the first Advisory Council of the center with the founding Sisters and transitioned onto the board of directors when it re-opened in 1999.

The first program last March, held to mark International Women’s Day, was standing room only.

Klara Tammany, director of the Women’s Center, noted that the overwhelming response validated a desire in the community for programs that bring a wide spectrum of women together to celebrate and honor their stories, wisdom and strength. A group has formed to plan future programs with the intention that the center will host a “Wise and Strong Women” event quarterly.

As an added program this fall, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bankson, who is a skilled potter, will be offering a quiet day focused on her book, “The Soulwork of Clay: A Hands on Approach to Spirituality.” Enrollment is limited to 15 people. Her book will be available for sale. The cost of the day is $20 and includes a simple lunch. To sign up call or email the center. She will also be the guest preacher at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Trinity Church, 247 Bates St.

The Center for Wisdom’s Women, is located between Pine and Ash streets, at 97 Blake St. in the extension in the back of Healy Terrace. For more information, contact Klara Tammany at 513-3922 or [email protected]

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