Community · Faith · Poetry · Worship

Deeply Rooted is Back!!

Joy and I feel like we need a gathering this year.

It has been a difficult time for all of us due to sickness, loss, fear, loneliness, and isolation. What better reason could we have for wanting to bring women together for encouragement and connection?!

We are putting on a super simplified version of Deeply Rooted. One night. One poet. One speaker. One group of women longing for encouragement with a side of joy. We’d love for you to come (if you are vaccinated, for the health and safety of our staff and attendees).

If you can’t come we would love for you to pray for us!

Tickets: $10
Students are free!!
Scholarships are available.

Hoping to see you soon!

P.S. There is a chance Deeply Rooted will be livestreamed. We’ll keep you updated!
*In-person attendees must bring proof of vaccination.
935 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
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Faith · Workshops

Racial Righteousness

Christine Moolo and Tiana Clark will be facilitating a workshop on Racial Righteousness.

Christine Moolo

Christine Moolo serves as Manager of Ministry Services for the Love Mercy Do Justice Mission Priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Previously Christine served as Project Manager for Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Christine also served with Covenant World Mission in Gemena, DR Congo as a short-term Covenant Missionary. Christine received her MA in International Development from Eastern University and her BA in Global Studies from North Park University.

Tiana Coleman

Tiana is a pastor at Jesus People USA Covenant Church in Uptown, Chicago. When she isn’t out running, baking amazing masterpieces, taking care of her two children and loving on her husband she is deeply committed to justice and reconciliation.

Art & Design · Speaker · Workshops

Workshop Change!

There has been a change in the schedule. We’re no longer offering the block printing art workshop. Our facilitator, Suzanne Stewart, will be unexpectedly out of town this weekend.
 
Vinita Hampton Wright has graciously agreed to do a 2-session writing workshop based on her book, The Soul Tells a Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life.

There are still tickets for lunch with the speakers and DR core team available until Wednesday, Nov 6. We’re great company and it’s always amazing. I think for some people that’s their favorite experience:) 

Don’t forget we are having a fabulous book sale! Support women writers, especially women of color, buy their books, give them to friends, recommend them to others. Books will be discounted for the conference, so bring some pocket money!

See you soon!!

Faith · Workshops

One Week Till Deeply Rooted!

Deeply rooted starts one week from today! We are busy putting the final touches on all the things. We can’t wait to see you there! We have been praying that the Lord would nudge women who need to be here, especially those feeling lonely, discouraged, stuck, or lost. Also, women who are experiencing a Holy Spirit kick inside and want to keep the flame lit. 

We’re so excited about the speaker lineup, workshops, and our first-ever bookstore! We have a number of sponsors this year, including Paraclete Press, Loyola Press, InterVarsity Press, Grrr Records, Jesus People USA, Wilson Abbey, and Everybody’s Coffee! (If you haven’t attended before, EC is connected to Wilson Abbey! We also serve their signature roast:) 

Every time we put on Deeply Rooted (this is our 5th year AND 9th Gathering) we feel moments of discouragement and defeat. We’ve had speaker cancellations, low registration, and budget challenges, as well as personal setbacks that have brought us low. 

We always remind ourselves that even if nobody shows we’ll just see it as a retreat for a small group with fantastic facilitators:) The truth is we just love to bring women together for celebration, worship, food, and fellowship and if we can be challenged and inspired along the way, even better! 

Please don’t let finances be the reason you don’t come. 

We’ve made it accessible for every budget (even NO budget!) You can stay overnight with us for free. You can come for the whole thing or just Friday or Saturday. Or for a few hours. You can pay at the door. We are totally flexible and want to make it work for whatever stage of life you’re in! Nursing babies and girls 13 and up are welcome! 

WORKSHOP TITLES!

Cultural Intelligence (CQ): How knowing your values helps you deepen intimacy in diverse friendships: Sandra Van Opstal

The Soul Tells a Story Writing Workshop (2 Sessions): Vinita Hampton Wright

Racial Righteousness: Christine Moolo & Tiana Coleman

The Power of One Faithful Woman: Wendi Kaiser

Hospitality 101: It’s Beyond Teas and Dinner Parties, Y’all: Rebekah Byrd

FREE STUFF!

We’re going to have some fabulous giveaways, including books, coffee, and CDs! Check out what our sponsors have given us for YOU!

Please pray for us as we gather, that the Lord would be powerfully present, and the Holy Spirit would be moving among us. 

We’d love for you to join us. 

Tammy & Joy

 

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Meet Sandra Van Opstal

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Morning Session and Justice Workshop:

Cultural Intelligence (CQ): How Knowing Your Values Helps You Deepen Intimacy in Diverse Friendships

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at Grace and Peace Community on the West Side of Chicago. She is a preacher, liturgist, and activist who is re-imagining the intersection of worship and justice.

In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice in the world. Sandra served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship).

Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such as worship and formation, justice, racial identity and reconciliation, and global mission. She has been featured at Wheaton College, North Park University, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. Sandra was also the Worship Director for the IFES World Assembly in Mexico 2015,  Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta 2016, and Global Gathering in South Africa 2018.

In addition to her ministry experience, Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has been published in multiple journals. She has authored God’s Graffiti Devotional, Still EvangelicalThe Mission of Worship and The Next Worship.

 

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Students Are FREE!

We understand the limitations of financial straits, and luxuries like attending a women’s conference can be difficult to justify.

That’s why we have decided that students, high school and college, will be admitted for free. You can present your ID at the door or register online.

We want all women to be able to join us, regardless of their economic position!

Join us Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 for worship, poetry, teaching, fellowship, and food!

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Meet Juni Felix

Juni Felix spoke for us in 2016 and she’s returning!!

Juni Felix is a Woman of Prayer. A Stanford Behavior Design Lab Teaching Team Member, Behavior Designer, Author, Podcaster, Speaker, International Radio Drama Scriptwriter, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow, and Radio Host.

With more than 17 years of Broadcasting experience, her heart beats to help others to discover the limitless pathways that are born of an intimate, growing faith in Jesus Christ. For many years she was half of the duo “Carl and Juni in the Morning” on Moody Radio. A presenting author at the 2018 Persuasive Technology Conference, she shared ideas for the “Caring, Feeling, and Understanding Cities of the Future.”

Juni also works as a lead instructor with Codeverse, a startup on a misson to “Teach a Billion Kids to Code,” as well as currently partnering with NavPress to design strategies for taking tiny steps from trauma to faith.  She lives by the truth that Kindness is a Superpower, and absolutely nothing is impossible with Christ. You can follow her ongoing global adventures at Juni Felix and listen to her podcast, The Quest for Joy on Itunes and Spotify.

Here is Juni at Deeply Rooted in November 2016 where she spoke about “The Unknown Knowns”:

 

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Faith · Poetry · Speaker

Meet Jasmine Sims

Jasmine Sims is our spoken-word poet who will be performing on Saturday morning!

Jasmine is a writer who is passionate about sharing truth and love through storytelling. She has been writing poetry since childhood and hopes to encourage others to live boldly with their gifts and in their purpose. You can keep up with her work and future projects at www.thejasminesims.com.

Here’s a sneak peek of Jasmine!

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Meet Vinita Hampton Wright

“A growing spiritual life leads to a growing healthy sense of self. As a Christian I grow spiritually by admitting what’s not going well with me—and also by admitting that God’s grace is already dealing with my sins and imperfections—as well as admitting that I am lovely and amazing by mere virtue of the fact that God of the universe loves me, creates me, desires me, and will never forsake me. If I am to grow spiritually, I will continue to hold all of that truth in grace-filled tension. I see the truth of myself, but that truth is complete only if it includes Divine Presence as an ongoing reality.”
~Vinita Hampton Wright, The Art of Spiritual Writing

Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press, and most recently (just last week!) Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.

Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

We are so blessed to have the treasure that is Vinita living in Chicago!

Vinita will be speaking Saturday, November 9, in the afternoon.

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Gathering Together

Communities are truly communities when they open to others, when they remain vulnerable and humble; when the members are growing in love, in compassion, and in humility.

The fundamental attitudes of true community, where there is true belonging, are openness, welcome, and listening to God, to the universe, to each other and to other communities. Community is the breaking down of barriers to welcome difference.”

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth

Larry Crabb, in his book, Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships, writes, “I have come to believe that the root of all our personal and emotional difficulties is a lack of togetherness, a failure to connect that keeps us from receiving life and prevents the life in us from spilling over into others.” The question then becomes, “Are we receiving life from others? Is the life in us spilling over into others?”

Our theme for November is Together.  

Let’s transform this lack of togetherness into true connection.

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Leaning into Promise

It’s still cold here in Chicago. The promise of Spring is slow in coming, and teases us with random days of warmth, going from 65 degrees one day to 35 the next. The upcoming week predicts rain every day, making it difficult to imagine that new growth and brighter days are ahead.

How many of us have been there in our lives? Wondering when the clouds would part and the sun would break through?

As women of faith we cling to the hope that the Lord is our shield and our deliverer. We trust that he will rescue us when the storms threaten to overwhelm us.

We rely on the promises of God given to us through the living Word.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

At Deeply Rooted in May we will be focusing on God’s unconditional, trustworthy promises to us, his daughters. So many of us need more truth poured into us. All of us have experienced the desert, wandering around needy in the wilderness, fashioning gods with our own hands like the Israelites. God’s promises to them are the same promises for us:

Psalm 81:6–10

“I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (ESV)

All we have to do is open our mouths wide and he will fill them with deliverance, healing, wisdom, and comfort. Open your mouth with us on May 18th!!!

Our May gathering features spoken-word poetry, worship, a speaker, and homemade desserts:)

Meet our Speakers

We want to gather talent locally, diligently searching for women who are furthering the kingdom with their words, their art, their very presence.

Ciera Smith was so good in November 2017 that we invited her back!!

Ciera Smith at Deeply Rooted in Chicago

Ciera, a Chicago transplant from Philadelphia, has lived on the West Side for the last 5 years. She is currently working as an Academic Coordinator at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in the East Garfield Park neighborhood where she facilitates the literacy curriculum for the K-3rd grade classes and trains teachers on best teaching practices. It is there at Breakthrough where she fell in love with working with youth and investing deeply in the lives of the students.
Having received her first masters in Urban Studies and Youth Development at Eastern University in Mary 2018, Ciera is now pursuing her second masters at DePaul University in Education and School Counseling. Ciera has a firm belief that students whose mental and social emotional health is not taken care of, students will not be able to thrive in the classroom in academics. Ciera finds joy in writing, cooking, checking out new coffee shops and restaurants in the city, and spending time with friends.

Aubrey Sampson had a previous engagement she was not aware of and had to cancel, BUT we now have Catherine McNiel joining us!

Catherine Carlson McNeil

 

Catherine is a writer and speaker who seeks to open eyes to God’s creative, redemptive work in each day. Catherine is the author of All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World coming out in August and Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, which was an ECPA finalist for New Author. She’s on the lookout for wisdom, beauty, and iced coffee.
If you subscribe to her blog at Everyday Epiphanies, she will send you a free gift: a booklet called Be Still: An At-Home Meditation Guide, guided meditations and reflections ranging from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, or 90 minutes if you use them all back to back. You can even use it to do a simple at-home retreat!
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Deeply Rooted is Coming Up on May 18!

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Spring is teasing us a bit here in Chicago. Temperatures rising only to plummet 30 degrees the next day. Rain storms with no sprouts popping out of the dirt. I’m inside right now wearing my writer’s gloves because my hands are freezing. And the heat is on!

If you’re feeling a little low and longing for a new season, we’re giving you something to look forward to.

Join us on Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 for worship. spoken-word poetry, an awesome speaker, and DESSERT!

We are excited to introduce you to Aubrey Sampson, author of Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul and The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament.

Aubrey serves on the preaching team and as the director of equipping/discipleship at Renewal Church. She lives and ministers in the Chicagoland area with her husband Kevin. She is also a mom to three young sons, which is to say she spends most days in her pajamas, drinking entirely too much coffee.

Aubrey Sampson

She’ll be speaking on our theme Promise.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD,
have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:9-10.

Mark your calendars and save the date! We can’t wait to see you!!

Here’s a flashback to November:

Top row: Songine Clark, Sherin Ahmed Ali, Kimberly Majeski

Middle row: Tracey Bianchi, Diana Shiflett

Bottom row: Pocket Prayers workshop, Tiana Clark, Bible Journaling workshop

Deeply Rooted 2018 Collage

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2 Weeks Till Deeply Rooted!!

We’re getting down to the wire with only 2 weeks to go till we see you!!

We’ve been praying over each speaker, workshop leader, and registered attendee. We can’t wait to see how the Holy Spirit moves among us in November.

We’re so thankful for each of you who has let us know you’re coming. There are still tickets available and some spaces open in our workshops. Please share Deeply Rooted with your family and friends and bring someone with you. If you can’t make it in November, we’re having a shorter version of it on May 18, 2019. Mark your calendars!

See our workshops here, and speakers and full schedule here.

 

Tickets:

Full Event: $50.00
Friday Night: $15.00
Saturday Only: $35.00
Catered Lunch: $12 (Join the Deeply Rooted leadership team and speakers for a homemade, casual, intimate lunch in the Wilson Abbey Theater.)
Art Workshop: $10.00 (Being Artsy with God: Illustrated Faith Workshop)
Art Workshop: $10.00 (Pocket Prayers. See description on Eventbrite)

 

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*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option, and scholarships are also available.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.* 

 

Tammy & Joy Deeply Rooted Cofounders

 

Faith · Workshops

November 2018 Workshops!

We are so excited about the workshops we’re offering but feel bad that we’re making you choose between them!

We have three workshop tracks, Faith, Art, and Social Justice. On Saturday you will choose 2 out of the six. You can do a straight track of two of the same or mix them up.

Saturday Morning 11:00 a.m.

FAITH: DIANA SHIFLETT: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY (Based on Diana’s book coming out in December: Spiritual Practices in Community: Drawing Groups into the Heart of GodDiana Shiflett is the pastor of spiritual formation at Naperville Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. She is an adjunct professor of youth ministry at North Park University, and a licensed spiritual director. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. (So much in our lives leaves us feeling empty. Come get filled up engaging in spiritual practices with one another. This interactive workshop will give you personal time to connect with God as well as connect others in the room as we move deeply into the heart of God together.)
ART: ANASTASIA ROBIESON: ILLUSTRATED FAITH: BEING ARTSY WITH GOD. Anastasia is a left-handed individual with a distinct interest in Netflix. She is a songwriter and musician for The Uh Ohs and a self-taught visual artist. She can often be found making mac and cheese and looking at cats. (The art workshops have a $10 supply fee.)
SOCIAL JUSTICE: SONGINE CLARK: RESISTANCE AND HOPE: STAY IN THE FIGHT AND NOT GROW WEARY.  Songine Clarke is a writer from the east coast who has fallen in love with Chicago over the last nine years. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 where she studied Journalism and Arts, Entertainment, Media Management. Songine‘ had plans to become a fashion journalist after college, but the Lord had other plans for her as her concern for the marginalized and oppressed in Chicago and beyond continued to grow. Songine‘s passions are speaking up and speaking out about issues on race, gender, and class; she is also passionate about art, reading books, and coffee. She now works for Communities First Association and L!VE Cafe and is continuing to find ways to balance her love for writing with activism.

 

Saturday Afternoon:  2:00 p.m.

FAITH: TRACEY BIANCHI: True You: Finding Your Peace, Strength, Agency and the Wisdom to Use Your Voice. Tracey is the Worship and Teaching pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook. She is also a featured writer and speaker for MOPS International and an editorial advisor for Gifted for Leadership.
ART: JOY WILLIAMS: POCKET PRAYERS (Create tangible hand-sewn “pocket shrines.” Joy will bring all sorts supplies: fabric, velvet, felt, mini charms, images, printed verses, embroidery floss, stamps, and even a typewriter. We will discuss what we would like to include in our pocket prayers that we can pull out and look at during times we need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. In addition to Joy’s supplies for the 2″ x 2″ shrines, you may bring your own pictures, charms, and favorite verse that hold meaning for you.) Joy Williams is an amazing preschool teacher and is in the process of opening her own daycare in Chicago. She is a worship leader, singer, songwriter and co-founder of Deeply Rooted. She is also jazzed for crafts. (The art workshops have a $10 supply fee.)
SOCIAL JUSTICE: KIMBERLY MAJESKI, WOMEN AND RESISTANCE: PROPHETS AND PRIESTS, AND PROSTITUTES. Kimberly is a scholar, storyteller, and activist who challenges her audiences to find the life-transforming connection between their personal story and the inspiring, ancient story of the Scriptures. She has served in many pastoral and leadership roles in local and national contexts, today, Kimberly serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Anderson University. Additionally, She is founder and CEO of Stripped Inc., a not for profit ministry empowering women in the sex trade to walk out of fear and into love.

*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.* 

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3 Weeks Till Deeply Rooted!!

To be honest, we’ve had a lot of obstacles and hurdles this time around. There’s been spiritual warfare, disappointment, and discouragement as we pull this gathering together.

But each time we feel like we’re going under, God pulls a fast one on us and confirms that we are supposed to be doing this, even if, especially if, it’s hard.  We have an enemy who does not want women to connect, learn, be challenged, or encouraged. He wants us isolated and defeated. We’re not giving up.

Our lineup is spectacular and the workshops we’re offering are going to be amazing. We’re praying that God will bring the women who need to be here with us. We’re praying for the speakers to bring the Word boldly, and for the workshop leaders to lead us into conversation and creativity. We’re praying for worship to bring us deep into His presence.

We want you there. This is your invitation. Join us even if it’s only for one night or a few hours on Saturday. Don’t let the cost prohibit you from coming. We have a Pay-What-You-Can option and scholarships. Email us if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

See our full schedule here.

 

*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.* 

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Meet Sherin Ahmed Ali

Amazing news! We have added another speaker to our already fabulous lineup! Sherin Ahmed Ali is an associate pastor at River City Community Church in Chicago. She spent most of her growing up years in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before coming to America to attend Moody Bible Institute. It was there that her call to ministry was confirmed, and she has spent her time since Moody working in a variety of vocational roles in the local church.

See our full schedule here.

*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.* 

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Introducing Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi is a freelance writer, speaker and pastor who makes her home in Chicago. She is the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where 2500+ people gather weekly for worship. Her role there is to lead creative teams, volunteer teams, ministry teams as well as regular teaching and preaching. She serves on a variety of boards and enjoys spending time on freelance writing and speaking projects. She has three children, an occasional hamster, and a hockey playing husband.

Tracey is an author of two books, Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood and Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planetand co-authored two books with Adele CalhounTrue You: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice and Women & Identity.

Tracey will be speaking on Saturday and leading a workshop: True You: Finding Your Peace, Strength, Agency and the Wisdom to Use Your Voice. You can check her out here preaching a sermon at Christ Church called “Blessed are the Pure in Heart.”

See our full schedule here.

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If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

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Meet Kimberly Majeski

Rev. Dr. Kimberly Majeski

Saturday, Nov 10 

1:30 Speaking 

2:20 Workshop

Kimberly is a scholar, storyteller, and activist who challenges her audiences to find the life-transforming connection between their personal story and the inspiring, ancient story of the Scriptures. Kimberly has served in many pastoral and leadership roles in local and national contexts, today, Kimberly serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Anderson University. Additionally, Kimberly is founder and CEO of Stripped Inc., a not for profit ministry empowering women in the sex trade to walk out of fear and into love.
Kimberly will also be leading a workshop on social justice on Saturday called: Resistance and Women: Prophets, Priests, and Prostitutes.
See our full schedule here.
Check out this video of Kimberly presenting “Reclaiming Our Time: Resurrecting the Story of the Biblical Prisca From the Ashes of Patriarchy”:
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Meet Chi Chi Okwu

Chi Chi will be speaking on Friday night, November 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Chi Chi Okwu is a Senior Church Advisor for World Vision, working with church leaders, churches and parachurch organization to build strategic partnerships and increase social justice engagement globally. She is also a speaker and writer passionate about issues relating to faith and justice specifically in the areas of race, gender, and class.

Previously she worked in healthcare consulting and as an Associate Pastor of Willow Chicago, serving as a part of the teaching team and overseeing all social justice, community group, communications, and care ministries.

Chi Chi lives in Chicago and enjoys traveling the world, cooking, watching sports, and spending quality time with friends and family.

See our full schedule here.

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*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.* 

Chi Chi Okwu at Willow Chicago (fast-forward to 6:42):

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Deeply Rooted 2018 Speakers & Schedule!

We have finalized all the speakers and most of the workshops!! We’re super excited to introduce our speakers to you. Each of them brings something unique to the table and we know they will complement each other well. We’re still waiting on 3 titles for the social justice workshops. We expanded this year and added another social justice workshop!

Here are our main speakers:
Chi Chi Okwu
Chi Chi Okwu is a Senior Church Advisor for World Vision, working with church leaders, churches and parachurch organization to build strategic partnerships and increase social justice engagement globally.  She is also a speaker and writer passionate about issues relating to faith and justice specifically in the areas of race, gender, and class.

Previously she worked in healthcare consulting and as an Associate Pastor of Willow Chicago, serving as a part of the teaching team and overseeing all social justice, community group, communications, and care ministries.

Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi is the Worship and Teaching pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook. She is also a featured writer and speaker for MOPS International and an editorial advisor for Gifted For Leadership. Her writing has appeared in Leadership Journal, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and more.

She is the author of Green Mama (Kindle edition is $1.99 right now!) and Mom Connection and the co-author with Adele Ahlberg Calhoun of Women & Identity and True You.

 

Kimberly Majeski

Kimberly Majeski is a scholar, storyteller, and activist who challenges her audiences to find the life-transforming connection between their personal story and the inspiring, ancient story of the Scriptures. Kimberly has served in many pastoral and leadership roles in local and national contexts, today, Kimberly serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Anderson University. Additionally, Kimberly is founder and CEO of Stripped Inc., a not for profit ministry empowering women in sex trade to walk out of fear and into love.
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Sherin Ahmed Ali is an associate pastor at River City Community Church in Chicago. She spent most of her growing up years in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before coming to America to attend Moody Bible Institute. It was there that her call to ministry was confirmed, and she has spent her time since Moody working in a variety of vocational roles in the local church.
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*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone through a scholarship.

If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

You can also register at the door with cash or card.*