November 17, 2020

“The Gifts of an Imperfect God”

Begin the season of Advent with Ashley Brown Ruiz, Senior Director for Facilitator Community & Programs with the Brené Brown Education & Research Group.

Pulling from her experiences directing The Daring Way™ Internship Program and drawing upon Brené’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” Ashley will share with the people of St. John’s about “The Gifts of an Imperfect God.”

As we enter into this season of Advent, many of us are in anticipation of what’s to come. There’s uncertainty, a longing for change, and for many, a need for healing in our lives, our communities, and the world around us. While we cannot meet in person this year for our annual Advent Luncheon, we are pleased to share with you an online recording of Mother Abi and Father Wallace’s conversation with Ashley Brown Ruiz. She’ll look at Jesus, a man with brown skin who broke all of the rules to center love and equality over greed and power, and she’ll explore topics of love, belonging, perfection, and the gifts of an imperfect God.

You can still share in this exciting event. Once you register through our online portal, you will receive a link to the online conversation to view at your convenience.

Tallahassee’s Oasis Center for Women & Girls is the recipient of proceeds from donations from this year’s Advent speaker. As you’ll read in Ashley’s brief backgrounder below, her passion for helping women and girls makes Oasis the perfect recipient for contributions from this year’s event. 

Ashley Brown Ruiz is a Licensed Master of Social Work certified by the State of Texas. As part of her role as Director of The Daring Way, she leads The Daring Way Internship Program with students seeking a Masters Degree in Social Work. Ashley works with the interns to run therapy groups at different agencies around the Houston area. Her experience comes from working with women in residential recovery, adolescents in recovery, and middle school girls. Ashley’s work with vulnerability and courage allows her to help clients put together all the pieces of their lives in order to help them move toward the life they hope to create. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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