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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Speaker · Video

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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Faith · Speaker

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.

Faith · Speaker

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!
Community · Faith · Speaker · Worship

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

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.*