Fifth Annual Women’s Mini Conference Saturday

Joy Freymiller Rhodes


“Ripples of Kindness” is the theme of the fifth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

Roberta (Bertie) Sorenson

The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women in the community. The event is free. Tea and finger foods will be served.

The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013 and has followed-up each year since. The plan is to hold an annual conference for all nine “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in the Apostle Paul’s biblical letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.  

The 2017 event features two local women talking about ways that Christian women can show Godly kindness to each other and to those around them.

Roberta (Bertie) Sorenson will speak on “Poverty and Kindness,” which considers Proverbs 14:21 and the topics of pride, prejudice, kindness, and generosity. She will discuss such questions as:

  • How does the Bible define poverty?
  •  Can you be rich and poor at the same time?”
  • “What motivates true kindness and generosity?”

Sorenson was the seventh child of a single mother living on one-fourth of the government-defined-poverty-level amount. With her gamut of life experiences, she brings a unique perspective to share with Los Alamos women. Sorenson came to Los Alamos in 1988. Having obtained an art degree from California State University at Chico, she continued her art education with dozens of teachers in the southwest. Her passion is outdoor landscapes. Sitting alone at the end of a mesa painting a canyon, she is in her element. However, her family has grown to eight children, 12 grandchildren, and dozens of nieces and nephews. She is keenly interested in how women can influence society through the home and with community involvement.

Joy Freymiller Rhodes will discuss a variety of topics on domestic violence ─ what we face in Los Alamos and how we deal with it. She also will speak about problems seen locally concerning teen abuse, such as sexting, cyber-bullying, and relationship abuse. 

Rhodes, who has lived in Los Alamos for 27 years, is currently president of the board of JudyGail’s Place, a nonprofit organization that aids victims of domestic violence. Rhodes has extensive experience working with domestic violence cases. In addition, she has been director for advertising with a local newspaper. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Degree from the University of New Mexico and is pursuing her Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

In addition to speakers and refreshments, the morning’s activities will feature discussion groups, worship time, prayer sessions, and making suitable items for displaced women.

For additional information, call Lyn Haval at 505.695.0745.