Community · Faith · Prayer · Speaker · Video

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.* 

Faith · Prayer · Workshops

Meet Ramelia Williams

Ramelia Williams, Deeply Rooted speaker

 

Pastor Ramelia is passionate about creating environments for stimulating racial reconciliation and inner healing through the Church. She lives this out as Lead Pastor of Ninth Hour Covenant Church, a monoethnic church being replanted as a multicultural congregation. She was a preaching pastor at New Community Covenant-Bronzeville, a multiracial church plant in Chicago over the past 5 years. In her previous work as a hospital chaplain in San Diego and Chicago, she offered short-term pastoral care to families experiencing death, trauma, and loss. This work prepared her for her current ministry development of a network of spirituality groups that focus on inner healing for women who have survived physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Pastor Ramelia earned a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Theological Seminary.  At the Seminary, she serves on a team of Spiritual Directors who facilitate spiritual formation groups for students. Pastor Ramelia experiences deep joy when running, hiking, riding horses or taking in breathtaking views of God’s creation.

Pastor Ramelia will be leading a workshop on Saturday at 1:55, “A Gospel Framework for Social Justice” in the Lecture Room.

Click here to listen to her sermon “When Did Your Hope Die?”

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Design Team · Faith · Prayer · Workshops

Deeply Rooted Workshops: Creativity

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Reflective Weaving

In this workshop you will be working alongside artists Suzanne and Colleen to create your own one-of-a-kind weaving with soft fibers, fabrics, plants, and flowers as you use the time for prayerful reflection.
Supply fee: $5 (cash only)
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Finding Rest: Journaling with Color and Line

Many of us journal, some in time of crisis or need, while others very regularly get their responses down on things they have read or conversations they have had. Some of us would like to journal, but those blank pages seem overwhelming. Journaling using line and color may be a way to give a boost to an established journaling practice, or give us another way to respond to what is going on in our lives and around us.

Are you saying to yourself, “I can’t even draw a straight line?” Art journaling is not about making great art. It is about letting color and line speak for you when words can’t. No art ability is required. If you can hold a crayon in your hand, you have everything you need.

Come join us for a creative rest you can engage in during Deeply Rooted and beyond. We will be using easily found items (provided) to create small journal pages.

Debra Strahan
Debra Strahan
Community · Faith · Prayer · Worship

You’re Invited.

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You never know what to expect when you throw a party or host an event. You hope people show up and are terrified nobody will. You are hyper-aware of every word spoken, wondering how this person or that one is going to receive it, if there will be offense taken or hearts opened. You see it through an outsider’s eyes and listen with an outsider’s ear, praying that God will show up even if only a few people do.
Those of us who organized the event felt all those feelings and thought all those thoughts. We learned at our May gathering that you have to make yourself slow down, look away, and be fully present.
Each of us came with expectation, anticipation, and maybe even a little bit of fear. But we showed up. We talked to people we didn’t know, raised our hands in worship, added new Facebook friends, experienced deep, new truths, and made meaningful connections with strangers. Even more importantly, God showed up. In a different way to each one of us, in just the way we needed him to.
Some of us needed to allow ourselves a voice to stand up to misogyny. Others of us needed to hear that everything will be okay even if we don’t have answers right now. Still more of us needed to be told, again, that we are loved, seen, and heard. That we belong. A few of us needed to be safe enough in our discomfort to ask what is stirring our hearts with unease.
We received good feedback from our attendees and speakers:
“Thank you for a wonderful evening with Deeply Rooted. The speakers affirmed in me that my voice as a single woman is valid and my story is worth telling. I have been making a lot of art about my journey—these women gave voice to all women who need the encouragement to stand rooted in their faith and rooted in their womanhood.”
One of our speakers, Rev. Dr. Velda Love, shared this: “Thank you for the invitation to speak. Look at God . . . always doing amazingly more than we could ever expect or imagine. The women were lovely, beautiful, ready, receptive, and very present. I had an opportunity to hug and talk with young women and more seasoned women. There is so much work to be done in our lives, so anytime you need me just call.”
Many women were challenged and moved by our speakers, and encouraged by our worship. If you missed that gathering, we are planning our next one for Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th! It will be our 3rd event and our 1st anniversary so we’re making it bigger and better! We’ll have an additional worship set, 4 workshops (you choose two) and a catered lunch with the speakers and leaders.
Right now we are pricing registration at $35 for the full event. This is a limited time offer, so please take advantage of it! Invite your friends and family! Invite your pastor or your pastor’s wife, your women’s ministry leader, your small group, or your Pokémon Go team.
We are praying you here, and if there is anything else we can pray for, use the contact form below. Click here for registration!
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Faith · Poetry · Prayer · Speaker

Flashback: Anita Scott, Spoken-Word Performer

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Anita Scott performed three breathtakingly beautiful poems for us, and you can watch them here!

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These empty chairs will be prayed over before you even sit in them. We are so excited to worship with you.

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Community · Faith · Prayer

Introducing Deeply Rooted

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Saturday, November 7

7:00 p.m.

Wilson Abbey

935 W. Wilson Ave. 60640

Uptown, Chicago

FREE

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.