CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—Once classes at Summit University end in May, special events and conferences keep the campus jumping throughout the summer. The first event is a conference that really brings some “LYFE” to campus.
LYFE (Living Your Faith Everyday) Women’s Conference has been held annually for 33 years. On May 28–30 and June 4–6 women from 22 states and Ontario, Canada, came to get away, enjoy the company of other believers, and grow spiritually while making special memories.
Nearly 1,000 ladies attended one of the two weekend conferences, some from as far away as Austin, Texas.
Featured speaker Liz Curtis Higgs provided words of wisdom, encouragement, and lots of humor during her sessions. A best-selling author of more than 30 books, Higgs has a down-to-earth yet lighthearted way of communicating truth and ministering to her sisters in Christ. During LYFE, she shared lessons from her book It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba.
“This year’s LYFE conference impacted almost a thousand women with sound Biblical teaching that not only encouraged them, but also equipped them to be confident that ‘the crown fits’ the daughters of the King of Kings,” says Diane Lytle, conference director. “Liz Curtis Higgs was so refreshing as she taught us about the Queen of Sheba and how we can follow her example to seek godly wisdom. Her unique brand of humor and her transparency about her life as a former ‘bad girl’ showed how God can use anyone who is willing to surrender to His will.”
Special performances by vocalist Kezia Curry and comedian Bob Smiley rounded out the weekends with inspirational music and lots of laughter. “Kezia McNeal Curry and our conference worship team brought us to the throne in worship,” Lytle says. “And comedian Bob Smiley so skillfully showed us that there is a lot in our lives to laugh about.”
The weekends’ events included a variety of activities and time to relax and enjoy the beautiful hillside campus. Guests enjoyed keynote sessions, focused workshops, and a banquet.
Plans for the 2016 LYFE Women’s Conference have already begun. Scheduled for June 2–4 and June 9–11, the theme will be “Thrive,” and the keynote speaker will be Sherrie Holloway, Summit University professor, author, and speaker. Special guests will be “The Pottery Lady” Carole Wolaver (a returning favorite), musician Jaime Jamgochian, and dramatist Joe Boyd.
LYFE attendees helped fund up to 20 scholarships for female Summit University students who are primarily responsible to pay for their own education.