Cozy Convos, a time of discipleship for university women, is back at University Church of Christ after a successful session last spring.
The session, a three to four-hour time of discipleship, is designed to bring together women of ACU to discuss topics that aren’t necessarily talked about during the work day, but important to the female community.
Dr. Kristen Guillory, a former social work faculty member at ACU, will be leading the collegiate women in this time.
“As a former ACU professor, I am so thankful that I still have a relationship with the university that I love and respect so much. I am thankful that former students will be present,” Guillory said in an email.
Guillory started Cozy Convos four years ago for women in the Dallas area to come together for a time of fellowship. Last year, she was asked to start a university version to get students and faculty engaged and connected.
“Since she left the university, her impact wasn’t still being felt very much on campus,” said Dr. Jan Meyer, director of spiritual formation. “We brought her back to do it in the spring for the first time ever, to do a university version of Cozy Convos that would just be in a night.”
Meyer said this year’s Cozy Convos will be held in the fall because it would encourage attendees to meet with each other throughout the rest of the school year as opposed to one month when it was held in April.
“Last year, we had about 10 or 15 faculty and staff women come and about 80 to 85 girls,” said Dr. Jan Meyer, director of spiritual formation. “There are a number of students who knew Dr. G when she was here. There are a number of people who know her from other settings, who are here on campus, who are pretty excited about her coming back.”
Rather than preaching a typical sermon, Guillory will be answering questions that are often asked by the female community at ACU. Meyer said that Guillory desires to offer a positive, encouraging and honest time, that leaves the women knowing people better and having a better sense of self.
“Its about being women of God and the kinds of challenges we face. Both women relating to women, but also women relating in the career field, relationships with men and just any walk of life,” Meyer said. “So it’s kind of a fun, high energy, gathering of women. We talk about fun things that girls care about, and then figure out what does that mean for us.”
As interest grows in the event, Meyer said that she would like to see it become a student-led experience.
“We would like to do something like this on a regular basis, because we don’t really have any events that are just for women,” Meyer said.
Registration for Cozy Convos is still open. The event will be held on Nov. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at University Church of Christ. More information at kristenguillory.com