Dr. Karen Griffin (picture) from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA engaged Summit partakers in a session entitled “The Phenomenal Spiritual Self” on Friday, August 31, 2012, in Birmingham, Alabama. She started by defining phenomenal as "great, extraordinary, outstanding." Sometimes, women lose sight of themselves. "Our spirituality is song that we sing and the our connection to God," mentions Griffin. "When we lose our voice and our agency, we lose our connection to God."
This session was about working to recapture lost voices. "Until I find my place, I don’t have anything to say," said Rev. Griffin. "We don’t hear the music because we are afraid to participate and then just stop giving." After setting a foundation, Rev. Griffin allowed participants to share their stories and experiences of being silenced, and invited ways to find their voices again. The powerpoint below goes into further details of her presentation.