Tammy Perlmutter is a writer, editor, founder, and curator of The Mudroom, a collaborative blog for women, and co-founder of Deeply Rooted, an annual faith and creativity gathering for women. Tammy is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, an urban beekeeper, and she lives and works with Jesus People USA, an intentional Christian community on the North Side of Chicago. She is also a founding member of the Uptown Garden Collective, an urban sustainability initiative.
Sandra Van Opstal had an event come up for her new book. She couldn’t miss it and tried to make her schedule fit us in but it didn’t work and had to step down. Hopefully we will see her at a future Deeply Rooted! As I (Tammy) thought of a replacement I went through our list of potential speakers and one name jumped out at me. June Felix. We met at a Rooted Chicago (no relation) brunch last year. I can’t remember if she spoke or not, but my friend Courtney told me about her, insisted I needed to meet her.
After the brunch I went up to Juni and introduced myself. After some small talk we got deeper and we shared some hard stuff with each other and I just knew I needed this woman to be my friend. We exchanged numbers and we kept up with each other a bit.
Juni is a serious gamer and science fiction and fantasy geek. Who better to share how wonder has shaped her spiritual life and imagination?
Juni is half of the Moody morning radio show Karl & June. From her Moody bio: June is a woman of prayer. As an author, speaker, international radio drama scriptwriter, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow and host, she has a heart for women’s ministry, discipleship, and encouraging all ages with a passionate faith and a warm smile. In her spare time, she’s an avid blogger, gamer and sci-fi movie buff who loves to spend time with her husband and two children. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Elyssa Salinasworks with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s World Hunger outreach as the program assistant for Hunger Education. This Fall she starts her Ph.D at LSTC in systematic theology and sexual ethics, where she plans to focus on body/sex shaming and how to embrace our bodies as God embraces each of us. Poetry has been a vehicle to explore her own challenges with body image and her identity as a Latina. She has been performing poetry for the past few years at various open mic performances in Philadelphia and Chicago along with using poetry as part of her academic career. Elyssa is working on a book of poetry from the point of view of biblical women, especially Old Testament women such as Hagar, Dinah and Jael.
Sandra Van Opstal pastors at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago and is the author of The Next Worship and The Mission of Worship. A liturgist and activist, she is passionate about mobilizing Christians for reconciliation and justice. She frequently consults, speaks, and writes on topics of racial identity and global mission. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association.
She has written two books for InterVarsity Press on multiethnic worship. Here’s the book trailer:
Velda completed a MATS from North Park Theological Seminary and is Ordained to Specialized Ministry in Social Justice in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a pastoral assistant at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., and serves on various boards and task forces that address interfaith dialogue, homelessness, and youth incarceration. She is completing her DMin in social transformation from Chicago Theological Seminary.
We hope and pray you will join us. We can’t wait to meet you.
Deeply Rooted was AMAZING. God showed up in a powerful way through our worship, speakers, and fellowship, and over 100 women were present. The design and decorations were absolutely beautiful and inspiring. We are so thankful to all of YOU for your service, prayers, encouragement, and faithfulness. This was a dream come true for Joy & I and we were blown away by the team that banded together and threw their lot in with us. We will be throwing this party again on Saturday, May 21st. Save the date!!
Did you know that 3 bands are represented in our worship team? Hilde Bialach plays cello and sings for The Crossing, Brach Siemens plays guitar in The Unfortunate, Ed Bialach plays drums for Glenn Kaiser Band and The Unfortunate, and Glenn Kaiser is, of course, the vocalist and guitarist for GKB. Here is a little taste of what you’re going to experience tomorrow.
The men of Deeply Rooted. We couldn’t throw this party without their support and service. We are so grateful for David and Mila Baumgartner, Ed Bialach, Brach Siemens, Juan Carlos Garzon, and Glenn Kaiser. #bestofmen#getdeeplyrooted
More views of @935wilsonabbey waiting to be filled by expectant women this Saturday, and @colleensacelt and @greeneyedlense working on the hand-drawn banners. It’s getting real, people. #deeplyrootedchicago#getdeeplyrooted
Our designers are hard at work on the banners for our Saturday night gathering. We are so thankful for talented, gifted, skilled visionaries who can take some ideas and images and create an EXPERIENCE. It’s going to be beautiful and memorable. #getdeeplyrooted#deeplyrootedchicago
Deeply Rooted is gathering 3 weeks from today!!! We want you to be there with us. We have some cool ideas in the works for you and can’t wait to share them! Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. Bring a friend or three, or your whole small group. There will be incredible worship, a guest performer who will be introduced this week, and a message on living out our faith every day in the spirit of the Beatitudes. Share our page and let us know you are coming!
Deeply Rooted is a free one-night event for women and girls 6th grade and up. We have a gifted worship band to call us together and Anita Scott, poetry slam competitor at this year’s Justice Conference, is traveling from Dallas to perform spoken-word poetry for us. Sandy Ramsey, director of Cornerstone Community Outreach, a shelter for homeless women, children, and families, will be reminding us of our commitment to the poor, and a former CCO client, Denise, will be sharing her testimony of God’s protection and providence.
Katherine Williams is a lifelong learner—a seminary student who spent a year at Oxford, a gifted speaker and writer—who will be sharing about the eight blessings in the Beatitudes and how we need a deeper understanding of what being blessed really means.