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.
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.
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
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.*
It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the great saints, the patience of Christ Himself. ~Andrew Murray
We launched Deeply Rooted as a response to a shared need for biblical teaching, worship, and fellowship.
We saw women’s conferences popping up from coast to coast and while it encouraged us, there were a few similarities that we found off-putting.
Number one was the cost. In order to attend some of these conferences, you’d have to take a day or two off work for travel, pay a hefty registration fee, and book a pricy hotel room.
Number two was the blatant lack of diversity. The speaker lineups were by and large, overwhelmingly white. We wanted to build a conference with a fair balance of women of color.
Number three was the (unintentional) focus on appearance. The advertising and the after shots all seemed staged. They came off intimidating to the average woman who isn’t going to buy four new outfits with the help of a stylist. They didn’t represent reality in a way we thought they should. We stress total casualness. Come just as you are. Wear your pajamas if you want to.
We want you to feel like you’re in a friend’s living room. Kick off your shoes. Wear your comfiest oversized men’s sweatshirt if you want. We just want you there.
We have a pay-what-you-can option and scholarships! We also have overnight housing. We are offering a catered lunch with speakers and the core team for $12. Deadline to register for that is this Tuesday, November 7th. You can register for the event and workshops online, or pay at the door. The art workshops require a $10 supply fee payable online at registration.
Joy and I (Tammy) are in full swing prepping for our next Gathering on November 10th and 11th. We’ve opened registration and can’t wait to see who is joining us!! Here are a few things you need to know:
- We have housing!! If you are coming from the suburbs or another state and don’t mind sleeping in a church camp retreat type setting (think bunk beds and sleeping bags), please stay the weekend. It is free, but donations are accepted. You can join the Jesus People community for breakfast on Saturday or pick up something at Everybody’s Coffee in the Wilson Abbey building. There is limited free overnight street parking or for $12 you can park in the hospital parking lot two blocks away.
- We have added a new workshop track: In addition to our faith and art tracks we now have a social justice track! One of our workshops will be on the history of homelessness in Chicago and the other one will be announced soon. Each track has two workshops, you can choose one track or mix them up!
- We have a pay what you can option. We don’t want financial stress to keep anyone away. On the registration page you will see that option, just enter what you can afford. There will also be scholarships available. If you have the means to pay for someone else in need, there is an option to give a scholarship.
- Our art workshops require a supply fee. We want to offer the most engaging, challenging, and creative workshops we can which means that a supply fee is necessary, and you will take something home to remind you of how the Lord met you at Deeply Rooted. Supply fee for each art workshop is $10, payable at registration online.
- We offer a homemade lunch with the staff and speakers!! We want to give you the opportunity to spend time getting to know us and meet the speakers. In order to make it cozy and intimate (and because the room is only so big) we have to limit the number of participants. The cost is $12 and you can pay online when you register.
For more information please check out our FAQ page.
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Deeply Rooted is two months from today!! We’re so excited to announce our speakers for May and show you our new video.
Katelyn Durst is a community artist, creative activist, teacher and youth worker. She has worked within urban youth development and urban community development for ten years and has taught poetry for six years, recently conducting poetry therapy workshops at a youth psychiatric hospital and Freedom Schools summer programming in a workshop focused on healing from the unjust deaths of youth of color. Katelyn is currently pursuing a master’s in Urban Studies and Community Arts from Eastern University with a focus on trauma-informed art-making to build sustainable and transformative resiliency within urban/inner-city and displaced communities. In her spare time, she dreams of becoming an urban beekeeper. She is a poet-in-residence at The Mudroom.
Nilwona Nowlin is a redemptive artist, someone who believes in the power of the arts to bring about positive transformation in individuals and communities. She is particularly passionate about helping people discover/pursue their purpose, leadership development, and ministries of compassion, mercy, and justice such as community development, reconciliation, and intercultural development. She is a regular contributor for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) Commission on Biblical Gender Equality’s blog and the lmdj Voices blog of the ECC’s Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority. Nilwona earned a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, an M.A. in Christian Formation and Certificate in Justice Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. She blogs at thedreamerspeaks.com.
Lina AbuJamra is a Pediatric ER doctor and founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her deepest desire is to help people live with power by connecting Biblical answers to everyday life. Though Lina still practices medicine, she spends the majority of her time speaking and writing providing Biblical truth for every day life. She has authored Thrive: the Single Life as God Intended, Stripped: When God’s Call Turns from Yes to Why Me?, and Resolved: 10 Ways to Stand Strong and Live What You Believe.
You can hear Lina daily on Moody Radio hosting Today’s Single Christian, or listen to her popular Living with Power podcast reaching thousands of people globally. Lina’s most recent work has taken her back to the Middle East and her birth country, Lebanon, where she is provides medical care for Syrian refugees. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Lina now calls Chicago home. She is single and a huge Packers fan – not that the two are connected. Lina loves her coffee black and her iPhone always.
2016 was a brutal year for the country and the whole world. There was so much death, destruction, and hatred that many of us struggled to wake to a sense of purpose in the mornings. Our nation is grieving the loss of a historically invaluable leader, and fearing for the future of our most vulnerable citizens and refuges. We are tired. We are struggling with disbelief. We are fighting for the tiniest sliver of light we can find.
We chose our Spring theme in December and it resonated deeply within us and knew it would with you as well. What we need most right now is hope—hope for the hurting, hope for justice, hope for peace, hope for that promised hour when Jesus returns triumphant to defeat death for good.
We are called to be purveyors of hope, bringers of Good News, liberators of the poor and oppressed. When our hope is ebbing, we need to put ourselves in the way of it. Maybe we should be reading good news after each article that discourages, reaching out to those we know have been hit the hardest by hopelessness.
We’ll be gathering on May 20, 2017 to feed off one another’s hope, to be strengthened and built up by our sisters, to bring light to each other’s darkness. Please join us. Invite your family and friends. Let’s kick hate and fear to the curb together.
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Thoughts on Deeply Rooted, May 2016, by Diane Buell
Deeply Rooted is a gathering of women striving to break chains of oppression and lift each other up in the name of the Lord. The speakers are of excellent caliber, powerful in their messages and compassionate in their hearts. I was moved by the telling of their stories as women who have experienced social injustice and see where problems of power lie.
The speakers and worship team do not seem to just sit around hoping things change; they have spent their lives working for a difference both in themselves and their world around them. I had an encounter with Jesus that night as I worshipped, and felt the Holy spirit say: Listen and then act.
The Scriptures say to always encourage one another and this is what Deeply Rooted did for me. The evening encouraged me to stand firm in what I believe. I’m looking forward to the next Deeply Rooted in November.
Diane Buell lived at Jesus People USA from 1994-1995. She comes back every spring and fall for Deeply Rooted—and is always given a warm welcome by her old friends.