Bible Women Speak
The Women of the Bible come to life through the performances, retreats and CDs Olivia Woodford offers.
Since 1992, schools and church organizations worldwide have hosted one of her four performances that give voice to the women who lived at the time of Jesus and what they may have experienced as they participated in His life, ministry, death and Resurrection.
Daylong, weekend and weeklong retreats are given to churches groups, conferences and retreat centers. These retreats delve into the role of women in Jesus' ministry and how this is relevant to us today. Women, men and children alike experience a deepening of faith and depth of connection with Jesus through contemplating the experiences and presence of the named and unnamed Gospel women.
About Olivia woodford , Founder
My ministry began with a yearning to know what it would have been like to be in Israel and meet Jesus, hear His teachings and witness the events of his birth, ministry, death and Resurrection; I began a personal journey of contemplation, study of scripture, and research of theological texts. Creating sacred dramas became a way for me to nurture my faith.
By using the viewpoint and experiences of the women of the gospels, a portal opened to being able to imagine what it may have been like to meet and know Jesus. From this, a series of plays emerged that illuminate the experience Jesus’ followers may have had, the role of women in His ministry and the cultural tasks and realities of Israel at that time.
I began to perform these one-woman plays to Christian communities and schools of all denominations across the country and internationally. Clergy, church leaders and educators then asked if I would facilitate retreats where vignettes of the performances could be presented along with the research and background that went into creating them, and from this inspire reflection and discussion.
What began as a labor of love has grown into a ministry that has deepened my faith and brought me into a fuller and richer relationship with Jesus and the community of His followers. Being able to share this ministry with others is my profound joy.
If your church, school, retirement home, or group is interested in hosting a performance or retreat, I look forward to talking with you about how we can make this happen.