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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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Gathering Together

Communities are truly communities when they open to others, when they remain vulnerable and humble; when the members are growing in love, in compassion, and in humility.

The fundamental attitudes of true community, where there is true belonging, are openness, welcome, and listening to God, to the universe, to each other and to other communities. Community is the breaking down of barriers to welcome difference.”

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth

Larry Crabb, in his book, Connecting: Healing Ourselves and Our Relationships, writes, “I have come to believe that the root of all our personal and emotional difficulties is a lack of togetherness, a failure to connect that keeps us from receiving life and prevents the life in us from spilling over into others.” The question then becomes, “Are we receiving life from others? Is the life in us spilling over into others?”

Our theme for November is Together.  

Let’s transform this lack of togetherness into true connection.

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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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2 Weeks Till Deeply Rooted!!

We’re getting down to the wire with only 2 weeks to go till we see you!!

We’ve been praying over each speaker, workshop leader, and registered attendee. We can’t wait to see how the Holy Spirit moves among us in November.

We’re so thankful for each of you who has let us know you’re coming. There are still tickets available and some spaces open in our workshops. Please share Deeply Rooted with your family and friends and bring someone with you. If you can’t make it in November, we’re having a shorter version of it on May 18, 2019. Mark your calendars!

See our workshops here, and speakers and full schedule here.

 

Tickets:

Full Event: $50.00
Friday Night: $15.00
Saturday Only: $35.00
Catered Lunch: $12 (Join the Deeply Rooted leadership team and speakers for a homemade, casual, intimate lunch in the Wilson Abbey Theater.)
Art Workshop: $10.00 (Being Artsy with God: Illustrated Faith Workshop)
Art Workshop: $10.00 (Pocket Prayers. See description on Eventbrite)

 

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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, and scholarships are also available.

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

 

Tammy & Joy Deeply Rooted Cofounders

 

Faith · Workshops

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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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.*