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The Black & White of Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: Crystal Renaud

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades of Grey series perpetuates the sexual exploitation of women.

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation states, “The popular series promotes torture as ...

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Ministry Year in Review

2015: A Year of Growth | 2016: A Year of New Vision

Between joining a gym and losing 30 pounds, I have taken some much needed strides in making my overall health a priority. I also entered the last year of my bachelor’s program at Liberty University and will complete my coursework in March. I am eager to be finished with this chapter and look forward to applying for grad school this spring. For the last 16 weeks, I have completed my senior psychology internship at Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers. It has been such a blessing to get to serve these women and their unborn babies. Walking women through the hardest decision of their lives is so humbling. And being there to see these women choose life for their babies is witnessing a miracle every single time...

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Your Generosity Makes a Difference!

W3 basic graphicWhole Women Weekend is quite a financial undertaking. But thanks to the generosity of others, we’ve been able to scholarship close to 15 women who could not afford to attend on their own.

Eight of these women include residents of The Samaritan Women, a Christian organization in the Baltimore area providing restorative care to survivors of human trafficking. These precious women will get to hear from Annie Lobert, a human trafficking survivor herself, and learn what it means to be identified by Christ, and not by their past or what has been done to them. Additionally, we are offering a service project during the conference that will directly benefit this organization. 

I want to take just a moment to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this event with a financial gif...

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Whole Women Weekend FAQ

With Whole Women Weekend coming up next month (August 27-29) we thought it would be a great idea to provide a little bit more information FAQ style. The following comes from questions we’ve received via email, social media, and questions that haven’t yet been asked, but we thought would be good to answer. If you have any other questions, leave a comment below or contact us.

Register for Whole Women Weekend, HERE


  • Q: When is Whole Women Weekend? Where is it? 
    A: Whole Women Weekend will take place August 27-29, 2015 in Forest Hill, MD at Way of Life Community (Church). For those who can’t make it to Maryland, we will be streaming the main sessions online, but please note that the workshops will not be streamed online.


  • Q: What are the hours of the conference? 
    A: Thursday, Augu...
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Guest Post: Pastor Ed Young

41N3N9iGgCLWe are honored to share with you a guest post from Pastor Ed Young as he shares with us a good word about relationships and accountability. Ed Young is a pastor, author, and conference speaker noted for his creative communication style. As the founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church, Ed has deep a passion for making the complex, simple as he speaks truth to people in ways they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. In addition to leading Fellowship for the past 25 years, Ed has written 15 books on church leadership and Christian living.


“What did THEY influence you to do that you would not have done if THEY hadn’t been around?”

Think about that question for a minute...

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Whole Women Weekend: DEADLINES

W3 basic graphicWe’re less than 6 WEEKS away from Whole Women Weekend!

Whole Women Weekend is taking place August 27-29 in Forest Hill, MD. Featuring Annie Lobert of Hookers for Jesus, Whole Women Weekend is a unique weekend intensive retreat for women who are seeking true and lasting inner healing from hurts & hang-ups, trauma, bad habits, addictions, and more and who wish to encounter God in a way they never have before. In addition to great main session content, attend dynamic workshops presented by Heather Palacios, Tam Hodge, Dana Bowman, Dawn Hawkins, and more.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

  • The deadline for all-inclusive General Registration is Friday, August 14. Registrations after August 14 will not include meals on Friday and Saturday.
  • Additionally, conference rate hotel rooms must be reserved ...
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