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.
I (Tammy) met Kathy Khang through Twitter. We had a ton of mutual friends so she kept coming up in my timeline. I noticed how passionate she is about social justice, racial reconciliation, and making Jesus known. I’m constantly impressed by her wisdom and discernment and always challenged by her writing. We’re so excited to introduce Kathy to you and know that you will encounter truth through her.
Kathy currently serves as a regional multiethnic ministries director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)/USA. She coauthored More Than Serving Tea, about the intersection of faith, culture and gender, and it tells just part of an important story of Asian American Christian women.
Check out Kathy’s blog Writer, Speaker, Coffee Drinker and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
“How does society view ambitious women? Kathy Khang helps us understand what honorable ambition looks like in a culture that promotes the exact opposite.” Watch this short video of Kathy Khang speaking at Q.
“Black feminist discourse of power in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf depicts the struggle of black women through a rainbow of experiences. The chorepoem focuses on how the patriarchal discourse leads to their suffering and how they were able to claim back their identities as black females who only need to be loved and appreciated. Shange’s poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African- American women face throughout their lives.”
Many of us white women can relate on a smaller, safer scale. We are experiencing and recovering from similar traumas; assault, depression, abuse, diminishment, voicelessness, loss of identity. Velda widens the scope to one that includes us all and suggests we title our own stories and offers suggestions:
WRITE YOUR OWN PLAY . . . THESE TITLES MAY OR MAY NOT FIT
- For Women Who Consider Asphyxiation When Trauma Overwhelms Your Soul
- For Women Who Want to Run Away from Home When the Covenant Binds You
- For Women Who Trust Other Women Only to Get Used and Broken
- For Women Who Live in Community But Find Themselves Isolated and Lonely
- For Women Who Give and Give and Give and Give and Find Themselves Empty
- For Women Who Want to Re-Write the Rules When Men Are Clueless and God is Silent
- For Women Who Smile and Smile and Smile, But Are Weeping and Crying, Sobbing, and Wailing on the Inside
- For Women Who Ask Permission to Speak But Never Get to Speak
- For Women Who are Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
- For Women Who Never Get to Hear The Bible From a Woman’s Perspective
- For Women Who Are Know What Freedom Is And Are Willing to Empower and Free Others
- Velda offers us encouragement and hope and commissions us to find our truest, deepest selves.
June Felix joined us at our May 2016 event and shared so much wisdom with us. We are thankful for her encouraging and challenging words.
“This journey into exploring the unknown began last year, late in July when my mother passed away. Her passing left me with so many unanswered questions. So for ten months now I’ve been dealing with the fact that these are questions that simply won’t be answered—the answers died with her—as her mother’s did before her. She didn’t do this on purpose, but she passed down the mystery to her children. It was her legacy.”
We are absolutely ecstatic that Dallas spoken-word poet Anita Scott will be performing at Deeply Rooted again! Anita is a high school teacher with a gift for creating powerful poems that capture audiences, leaving them wanting more. She is the Poet in Residence at The Mudroom, contributing a spoken-word video each month, and has performed her poetry nationally. Join us November 4 & 5 for our next gathering. Watch this video for an introduction to Anita Scott.
We can’t wait to see you next Saturday! We are busy working to make sure your experience is challenging and encouraging. Our worship team practiced on Thursday, here’s a sneak peek into our worship set:
Meet Rev. Velda Love. She is the director of justice and intercultural learning in the Office of Diversity’s Collaboratory for Urban and Intercultural Learning at North Park University. Velda collaborates with various academic schools to develop curricular and co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage greater integration of students’ in-class and out-of-class experiences with an emphasis on social justice related issues.
Velda completed a MATS from North Park Theological Seminary and is Ordained to Specialized Ministry in Social Justice in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a pastoral assistant at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., and serves on various boards and task forces that address interfaith dialogue, homelessness, and youth incarceration. She is completing her DMin in social transformation from Chicago Theological Seminary. This is an audio sermon she gave at Jesus People USA Covenant Church in Uptown, Chicago:
June Felix is the best person to share about wonder. She is an author, speaker, avid gamer and sci-fi geek. She evens dresses up for Comic Con! She is one-half of the Moody Radio duo Karl and June in the Mornings.
Elyssa Salinas will be bringing us some spoken-word poetry. She is the Program Assistant for Hunger Education, a recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and plans to pursue a doctoral work in sexual ethics and theology in the coming year. You can see her perform one of her poems here:
A special thanks to Juan Carlos and Jessica Quiroga for their beautiful filming and video production and Grrr Records for allowing us to use the song “Come Before the Lord” by Mike Troxel from No Greater Love by Glenn Kaiser and friends. Please share this around and invite your friends!