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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!!

Speaker · Workshops

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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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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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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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.

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

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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”:
Faith · Speaker

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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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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Kimberly Penrod Pelletier: The Essential Work of Waiting

“What I need from the Lord and what I bring to my waiting and what you bring to your waiting is unique to your story, to your baggage, to your sin patterns. And what God is unraveling in you in your waiting is unique to you.”

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Kathy Khang: What Does It Mean to Wait?

One of the reasons we chose Waiting as the theme for our November gathering is that it would help prepare our hearts for Advent, that month-long waiting for Jesus to be born. Our whole universe is in an Advent season waiting for the Christ to return. Our hearts, by turns hopeful and despairing, are longing for the Light to break through. Historically God’s people are not stellar waiters. We take things into our own hands; begging for kings, complaining in the desert, impregnating servant girls, building golden calves. We don’t know how to wait well. We see Jesus on his knees in the wilderness imploring his father, and we don’t realize that’s supposed to be our posture while waiting too. Join us, on your knees, in this dark time as we wait for the Morning Star to rise.

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Meet Kimberly Penrod Pelletier

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I (Tammy) had the privilege of having Kimberly as my spiritual director for almost nine months. Every session with her brought me new insight and greater courage. The question she would often ask was, “What is this an invitation to?” That question transformed my thinking and has informed my decisions and actions ever since. I’m so excited I get to share Kimberly with all of you!

Kimberly loves creating space for authentic connection with God and self. Whether with a pen, a microphone, or one-on-one as a spiritual director, she is passionate about staying with those in places of transition, grief, confusion, and growth as they search for God’s presence in their life. Through her own story of loss, betrayal, and abuse, Kimberly has met God in loving and transformational ways. She sees all of life as an invitation to transformation.

Kimberly serves as the Director of Soul Care at a The Mansio Center in Glen Ellyn, IL. Her writing and has been featured at Smallgroups.com, The Redbud Post, The Mudroom, and she is a contributor to Finding God, a Loyola Press newsletter. When she is not writing or serving the Mansio center Kimberly can be found reading a good book, wondering how life produces so much laundry, or traipsing around the woods with her husband and three kids.

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From the Archives: Lina Abujamra, May 2017

Lina Abujmara, Deeply Rooted speaker

Lina is a straight-up powerhouse. She prowls on the stage, never stays still, and launches one truth bomb after another. She has a seemingly endless store of energy and her passion is contagious.

Lina is the founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting Biblical answers to everyday life. She offers podcasts, books, articles, and other resources. One of her podcasts is called Morning Minutes, a journey through a book of the Bible in 5 minutes a day!! At the moment she is going through Esther.

 

Poetry · Speaker

Poet Switch: Introducing Ciera Smith

Spoken-Word Poet Ciera Smith

Anita Scott will not be able to join us in November, but please pray for her as she is completing graduate school with the hope of becoming a principal! Which would be the coolest school ever.

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

I reached out to Rediet Mulugeta of Mission Year (check them out!) and asked her if she knew any spoken-word poets she could throw my way. She did!

Ciera Smith, a Chicago transplant from Philadelphia, has a passion for youth, teaching, and writing. A Spring 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland—College Park, she received her B.A. in English. Immediately following graduation, she went on to do Mission Year in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago’s west side. It is here where she fell in love with the neighborhood and grew a passion for investing and walking along side the youth that she was serving.

She is currently studying Urban Studies and Youth Development at Eastern University where she will graduate in the Spring. She is also currently a lead teacher for the 7th and 8th grade classroom at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in their after-school program as well as on staff with Mission Year as their recruitment assistant. Ciera finds joy in writing, cooking, checking out new coffee shops and restaurants in the city, and spending time with friends.

 

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Kathy Khang on Rest

Deeply Rooted is 3 weeks from today and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what to expect.

Kathy Khang is a witty, intelligent, profound woman who has the ability to engage her audience on their heart level. She brings an energy and wisdom that inspires, challenges, and encourages. and connects the Gospel to her listeners in a remarkably accessible style. Which is why we asked her to return and be our opening speaker!

This is Kathy Khang speaking on Rest at Deeply Rooted in November 2016.

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Deeply Rooted Invitation Video

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Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? How long must I struggle with my thoughts? How long must my heart be sad day after day? How long will my enemies keep winning the battle over me? LORD my God, look at me and answer me. Give me new life, or I will die. Then my enemies will say, “We have beaten him.” They will be filled with joy when I die. But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save meI will sing to the Lord. He has been so good to me. ~Psalm 13: 1-6 

This powerful Psalm resonates with so many of us because it reflects our own heart and mind. Sometimes we’re waiting for God to give us something we want, but we’re also waiting for him to take things away from us. God calls us to our own Garden of Gethsemane where we cry, pray, and wait for him to take the cup from us.

Waiting well is a challenge for all of us. How do we do it gracefully? Prayerfully? How do we sustain hope in the “oil press” of our own lives? We’re asking the same questions. Join us as we explore together—through poetry, worship, teaching, and workshops— what it means to wait expectantly with a heart full of joy.

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November Deeply Rooted Workshops

Besides gathering women together for solid Biblical teaching, we offer smaller, more intimate groups to explore faith and creativity in a setting with hands-on experience and lively discussion. We’re so excited to announce we’ve added a new track for this gathering and the ones to follow. We want to engage culture and current events in a relevant way and respond to the responsibility we have for awareness and action. We’re launching a Social Justice track!

Here are the workshops we’re offering in November:

 

Social Justice

Searching for Home: Homelessness in the U.S.

Beth Nicholls has served at the Cornerstone Community Outreach homeless shelter for over 25 years.

Social Justice: A Biblical Framework.

Ramelia Williams: pastor, spiritual director, and activist.

Faith

Julie Johnson, director of women’s ministry at Church of the Beloved in Albany Park, Chicago, will be hosting a workshop encouraging us to make a habit of “coming in out of the wind,” as C. S. Lewis said. She will be presenting accessible ideas for navigating a daily relationship with Jesus.

Spiritual Director Kimberly Penrod Pelletier will be presenting on the topic When You Are Weary in the Waiting.

Art

 Suzanne Stewart and Colleen Davick will teach us how to make our own leather cuff bracelets.

Sara Van Alkemade will be combining the Arashi Shibori technique (Japanese pole-wrapping) with microwave dyeing, teaching us to create one-of-a-kind silk scarves.

The two art workshops require a $10 supply fee, payable online during registration.