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Racial Righteousness

Christine Moolo and Tiana Clark will be facilitating a workshop on Racial Righteousness.

Christine Moolo

Christine Moolo serves as Manager of Ministry Services for the Love Mercy Do Justice Mission Priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Previously Christine served as Project Manager for Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Christine also served with Covenant World Mission in Gemena, DR Congo as a short-term Covenant Missionary. Christine received her MA in International Development from Eastern University and her BA in Global Studies from North Park University.

Tiana Coleman

Tiana is a pastor at Jesus People USA Covenant Church in Uptown, Chicago. When she isn’t out running, baking amazing masterpieces, taking care of her two children and loving on her husband she is deeply committed to justice and reconciliation.

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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!!

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One Week Till Deeply Rooted!

Deeply rooted starts one week from today! We are busy putting the final touches on all the things. We can’t wait to see you there! We have been praying that the Lord would nudge women who need to be here, especially those feeling lonely, discouraged, stuck, or lost. Also, women who are experiencing a Holy Spirit kick inside and want to keep the flame lit. 

We’re so excited about the speaker lineup, workshops, and our first-ever bookstore! We have a number of sponsors this year, including Paraclete Press, Loyola Press, InterVarsity Press, Grrr Records, Jesus People USA, Wilson Abbey, and Everybody’s Coffee! (If you haven’t attended before, EC is connected to Wilson Abbey! We also serve their signature roast:) 

Every time we put on Deeply Rooted (this is our 5th year AND 9th Gathering) we feel moments of discouragement and defeat. We’ve had speaker cancellations, low registration, and budget challenges, as well as personal setbacks that have brought us low. 

We always remind ourselves that even if nobody shows we’ll just see it as a retreat for a small group with fantastic facilitators:) The truth is we just love to bring women together for celebration, worship, food, and fellowship and if we can be challenged and inspired along the way, even better! 

Please don’t let finances be the reason you don’t come. 

We’ve made it accessible for every budget (even NO budget!) You can stay overnight with us for free. You can come for the whole thing or just Friday or Saturday. Or for a few hours. You can pay at the door. We are totally flexible and want to make it work for whatever stage of life you’re in! Nursing babies and girls 13 and up are welcome! 

WORKSHOP TITLES!

Cultural Intelligence (CQ): How knowing your values helps you deepen intimacy in diverse friendships: Sandra Van Opstal

The Soul Tells a Story Writing Workshop (2 Sessions): Vinita Hampton Wright

Racial Righteousness: Christine Moolo & Tiana Coleman

The Power of One Faithful Woman: Wendi Kaiser

Hospitality 101: It’s Beyond Teas and Dinner Parties, Y’all: Rebekah Byrd

FREE STUFF!

We’re going to have some fabulous giveaways, including books, coffee, and CDs! Check out what our sponsors have given us for YOU!

Please pray for us as we gather, that the Lord would be powerfully present, and the Holy Spirit would be moving among us. 

We’d love for you to join us. 

Tammy & Joy

 

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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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November 2018 Workshops!

We are so excited about the workshops we’re offering but feel bad that we’re making you choose between them!

We have three workshop tracks, Faith, Art, and Social Justice. On Saturday you will choose 2 out of the six. You can do a straight track of two of the same or mix them up.

Saturday Morning 11:00 a.m.

FAITH: DIANA SHIFLETT: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY (Based on Diana’s book coming out in December: Spiritual Practices in Community: Drawing Groups into the Heart of GodDiana Shiflett is the pastor of spiritual formation at Naperville Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. She is an adjunct professor of youth ministry at North Park University, and a licensed spiritual director. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. (So much in our lives leaves us feeling empty. Come get filled up engaging in spiritual practices with one another. This interactive workshop will give you personal time to connect with God as well as connect others in the room as we move deeply into the heart of God together.)
ART: ANASTASIA ROBIESON: ILLUSTRATED FAITH: BEING ARTSY WITH GOD. Anastasia is a left-handed individual with a distinct interest in Netflix. She is a songwriter and musician for The Uh Ohs and a self-taught visual artist. She can often be found making mac and cheese and looking at cats. (The art workshops have a $10 supply fee.)
SOCIAL JUSTICE: SONGINE CLARK: RESISTANCE AND HOPE: STAY IN THE FIGHT AND NOT GROW WEARY.  Songine Clarke is a writer from the east coast who has fallen in love with Chicago over the last nine years. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 where she studied Journalism and Arts, Entertainment, Media Management. Songine‘ had plans to become a fashion journalist after college, but the Lord had other plans for her as her concern for the marginalized and oppressed in Chicago and beyond continued to grow. Songine‘s passions are speaking up and speaking out about issues on race, gender, and class; she is also passionate about art, reading books, and coffee. She now works for Communities First Association and L!VE Cafe and is continuing to find ways to balance her love for writing with activism.

 

Saturday Afternoon:  2:00 p.m.

FAITH: TRACEY BIANCHI: True You: Finding Your Peace, Strength, Agency and the Wisdom to Use Your Voice. Tracey is the Worship and Teaching pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook. She is also a featured writer and speaker for MOPS International and an editorial advisor for Gifted for Leadership.
ART: JOY WILLIAMS: POCKET PRAYERS (Create tangible hand-sewn “pocket shrines.” Joy will bring all sorts supplies: fabric, velvet, felt, mini charms, images, printed verses, embroidery floss, stamps, and even a typewriter. We will discuss what we would like to include in our pocket prayers that we can pull out and look at during times we need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. In addition to Joy’s supplies for the 2″ x 2″ shrines, you may bring your own pictures, charms, and favorite verse that hold meaning for you.) Joy Williams is an amazing preschool teacher and is in the process of opening her own daycare in Chicago. She is a worship leader, singer, songwriter and co-founder of Deeply Rooted. She is also jazzed for crafts. (The art workshops have a $10 supply fee.)
SOCIAL JUSTICE: KIMBERLY MAJESKI, WOMEN AND RESISTANCE: PROPHETS AND PRIESTS, AND PROSTITUTES. 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. She 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, She 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.

*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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*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 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”:
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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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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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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.