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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.

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If finances are tight, we have a pay-what-you-can option.

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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.”

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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.
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Check out this video of Kimberly presenting “Reclaiming Our Time: Resurrecting the Story of the Biblical Prisca From the Ashes of Patriarchy”:
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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.

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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.