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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 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.

See our full schedule here.

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Chi Chi Okwu at Willow Chicago (fast-forward to 6:42):

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Deeply Rooted 2018 Speakers & Schedule!

We have finalized all the speakers and most of the workshops!! We’re super excited to introduce our speakers to you. Each of them brings something unique to the table and we know they will complement each other well. We’re still waiting on 3 titles for the social justice workshops. We expanded this year and added another social justice workshop!

Here are our main speakers:
Chi Chi Okwu
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.

Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi 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. Her writing has appeared in Leadership Journal, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and more.

She is the author of Green Mama (Kindle edition is $1.99 right now!) and Mom Connection and the co-author with Adele Ahlberg Calhoun of Women & Identity and True You.

 

Kimberly Majeski

Kimberly Majeski 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 sex trade to walk out of fear and into love.
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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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November 10 & 11: Empty

God gives where he finds empty hands. ~ Augustine

Most of us have been acquainted with emptiness at some point. It may be from a breakup, a severed friendship, grief over a loved one’s death, despair brought on by depression, job loss, chronic pain, physical or emotional trauma, and major disappointments. None of us are alone in these experiences but, in the moment, we feel certain we are.

Some of us may even long for emptiness when our hearts and minds are fragmented and exhausted, when our lives are crowded by expectation, need, fear, and anxiety. We can’t shut our thoughts down, can’t quiet them, can’t escape them. We feel imprisoned by our own brains. Our dreams shrivel.

That empty ache can be a warning that God is being squeezed out of us, that the Holy Spirit in us is being crushed under care and worry. Driven to distraction, we can’t quiet ourselves enough to hear Jesus speaking to our hearts, inviting us to surrender, inviting us to meet him in a place apart.

What if the emptiness is an invitation?

When I think of the word empty, the image that comes to mind is open hands. There are times when we feel like we have nothing to offer God, our friends, our boss, our family, our ministry. It’s a glass half empty/half full situation. What if those empty hands are telling us that we can empty ourselves of comparison, shame, anger, envy, guilt? What if Jesus is calling us to empty ourselves in order to fit in more of him?

Augustine put it like this, “My soul is like a house, small for you to enter, but I pray you to enlarge it. It is in ruins, but I ask you to remake it. It contains much that you will not be pleased to see: this I know and do not hide. But who is to rid it of these things? There is no one but you.”

We’re gathering women together to acknowledge and talk about the emptiness we have in common and to challenge one another to dig deep and empty ourselves so that Christ may take up more room in our hearts. There must be more of him and less of us. Let’s learn how to receive. Let’s get empty for Jesus.

Join us in Chicago for spoken-word poetry, workshops, worship, teaching, art, and fellowship!

Friday night: Poet Sarah Giove and speaker Chi Chi Okwu, worship, dessert reception.

Saturday: Kimberly Majeski and Tracey Bianchi will be speaking. Diana Shiflett will be leading a workshop on spiritual formation. We will be having 3 workshop tracks: Social Justice, Faith, and Art. (The Illustrated Faith workshop has a $10 supply fee.)

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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.

Community · Faith · Worship

7 Days Till Deeply Rooted!!

It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the great saints, the patience of Christ Himself. ~Andrew Murray

Worship at Deeply Rooted

We launched Deeply Rooted as a response to a shared need for biblical teaching, worship, and fellowship.

We saw women’s conferences popping up from coast to coast and while it encouraged us, there were a few similarities that we found off-putting.

Number one was the cost. In order to attend some of these conferences, you’d have to take a day or two off work for travel, pay a hefty registration fee, and book a pricy hotel room.

Number two was the blatant lack of diversity. The speaker lineups were by and large, overwhelmingly white. We wanted to build a conference with a fair balance of women of color.

Number three was the (unintentional) focus on appearance. The advertising and the after shots all seemed staged. They came off intimidating to the average woman who isn’t going to buy four new outfits with the help of a stylist. They didn’t represent reality in a way we thought they should. We stress total casualness. Come just as you are. Wear your pajamas if you want to.

We want you to feel like you’re in a friend’s living room. Kick off your shoes. Wear your comfiest oversized men’s sweatshirt if you want. We just want you there.

We have a pay-what-you-can option and scholarships! We also have overnight housing. We are offering a catered lunch with speakers and the core team for $12. Deadline to register for that is this Tuesday, November 7th. You can register for the event and workshops online, or pay at the door. The art workshops require a $10 supply fee payable online at registration.

 

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Anita worshipping at Deeply Rooted

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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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From the Archives: Lina Abujamra, May 2017

Lina Abujmara, Deeply Rooted speaker

Lina is a straight-up powerhouse. She prowls on the stage, never stays still, and launches one truth bomb after another. She has a seemingly endless store of energy and her passion is contagious.

Lina is the founder of Living with Power Ministries. Her vision is to bring hope to the world by connecting Biblical answers to everyday life. She offers podcasts, books, articles, and other resources. One of her podcasts is called Morning Minutes, a journey through a book of the Bible in 5 minutes a day!! At the moment she is going through Esther.

 

Poetry · Speaker

Poet Switch: Introducing Ciera Smith

Spoken-Word Poet Ciera Smith

Anita Scott will not be able to join us in November, but please pray for her as she is completing graduate school with the hope of becoming a principal! Which would be the coolest school ever.

We want to gather talent locally, diligently searching for women who are furthering the kingdom with their words, their art, their very presence.

I reached out to Rediet Mulugeta of Mission Year (check them out!) and asked her if she knew any spoken-word poets she could throw my way. She did!

Ciera Smith, a Chicago transplant from Philadelphia, has a passion for youth, teaching, and writing. A Spring 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland—College Park, she received her B.A. in English. Immediately following graduation, she went on to do Mission Year in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago’s west side. It is here where she fell in love with the neighborhood and grew a passion for investing and walking along side the youth that she was serving.

She is currently studying Urban Studies and Youth Development at Eastern University where she will graduate in the Spring. She is also currently a lead teacher for the 7th and 8th grade classroom at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in their after-school program as well as on staff with Mission Year as their recruitment assistant. Ciera finds joy in writing, cooking, checking out new coffee shops and restaurants in the city, and spending time with friends.

 

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Kathy Khang on Rest

Deeply Rooted is 3 weeks from today and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what to expect.

Kathy Khang is a witty, intelligent, profound woman who has the ability to engage her audience on their heart level. She brings an energy and wisdom that inspires, challenges, and encourages. and connects the Gospel to her listeners in a remarkably accessible style. Which is why we asked her to return and be our opening speaker!

This is Kathy Khang speaking on Rest at Deeply Rooted in November 2016.

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Deeply Rooted Invitation Video

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Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? How long must I struggle with my thoughts? How long must my heart be sad day after day? How long will my enemies keep winning the battle over me? LORD my God, look at me and answer me. Give me new life, or I will die. Then my enemies will say, “We have beaten him.” They will be filled with joy when I die. But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save meI will sing to the Lord. He has been so good to me. ~Psalm 13: 1-6 

This powerful Psalm resonates with so many of us because it reflects our own heart and mind. Sometimes we’re waiting for God to give us something we want, but we’re also waiting for him to take things away from us. God calls us to our own Garden of Gethsemane where we cry, pray, and wait for him to take the cup from us.

Waiting well is a challenge for all of us. How do we do it gracefully? Prayerfully? How do we sustain hope in the “oil press” of our own lives? We’re asking the same questions. Join us as we explore together—through poetry, worship, teaching, and workshops— what it means to wait expectantly with a heart full of joy.

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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.

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Registration is Open!!

Joy and I (Tammy) are in full swing prepping for our next Gathering on November 10th and 11th. We’ve opened registration and can’t wait to see who is joining us!! Here are a few things you need to know:

  • We have housing!! If you are coming from the suburbs or another state and don’t mind sleeping in a church camp retreat type setting (think bunk beds and sleeping bags), please stay the weekend. It is free, but donations are accepted. You can join the Jesus People community for breakfast on Saturday or pick up something at Everybody’s Coffee in the Wilson Abbey building. There is limited free overnight street parking or for $12 you can park in the hospital parking lot two blocks away.

 

  • We have added a new workshop track: In addition to our faith and art tracks we now have a social justice track! One of our workshops will be on the history of homelessness in Chicago and the other one will be announced soon. Each track has two workshops, you can choose one track or mix them up!

 

  • We have a pay what you can option. We don’t want financial stress to keep anyone away. On the registration page you will see that option, just enter what you can afford. There will also be scholarships available. If you have the means to pay for someone else in need, there is an option to give a scholarship.

 

  • Our art workshops require a supply fee. We want to offer the most engaging, challenging, and creative workshops we can which means that a supply fee is necessary, and you will take something home to remind you of how the Lord met you at Deeply Rooted. Supply fee for each art workshop is $10, payable at registration online.

 

  • We offer a homemade lunch with the staff and speakers!! We want to give you the opportunity to spend time getting to know us and meet the speakers. In order to make it cozy and intimate (and because the room is only so big) we have to limit the number of participants. The cost is $12 and you can pay online when you register.

 

For more information please check out our FAQ page.

If you have further questions, please fill out this form:

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Speakers for November 2017

The main reason we gather women together is to provide teaching that is biblically sound, accessible, engaging, challenging, and inspiring. We pray hard about who to invite and spend a lot of time looking for gifted local women who have wisdom, integrity, and a heart for reaching and encouraging others.

We are so excited for this lineup and know these women will bring you Gospel truth with a side of humor and draw you closer to Jesus and one another. We will be introducing each of these women in separate posts.

ANITA SCOTT

Our dear friend Anita Scott will be joining us again with her incredibly moving spoken-word poetry. Anita has become a mainstay of Deeply Rooted in November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATHY KHANG

Also back by popular demand is Kathy Khang who will be opening our gathering on Friday night! Kathy currently serves as a regional multiethnic ministries director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)/USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIMBERLY PENROD PELLETIER

Kimberly Pelletier is a trained spiritual director, writer, and Director of Soul Care at Mansio Center in Glen Ellyn, IL. She blogs about grief, spiritual formation, and sexuality at kimberlypenrodpelletier.com. With the rest of her time, Kimberly can be found wearing a tool belt, brewing kombucha, or traipsing around the woods with her husband and three kids.

RAMELIA WILLIAMS

Ramelia Williams is currently in the call process, having recently earned a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Theological Seminary.
Art & Design · Design Team · Faith · Photos

Suzanne Stewart: Deeply Rooted Artist in Residence

Suzanne Stewart has been a part of Deeply Rooted from the beginning. She was part of the women’s small group Bible study that became the core team, and because of her creativity and skill, became one of the major players on our design team.

The theme for our last gathering in May was HOPE. When our team was brainstorming visual elements to incorporate, one idea was succulents. We all jumped on the idea and came up with a color scheme based on colors in nature. We wanted to have a striking image that would encompass hope and what better one than a succulent? Hanging on for year after parched year sending roots down deep seeking water.

How long have our own dry hearts held on through enduring drought? How many times have we been tempted to pull up our roots and look for water elsewhere, fearing the streams of living water were for everyone but us?

We are all that woman at the well looking for the world’s water when Jesus is telling us that water will not satisfy, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Hold out for that water. Don’t pull up your roots yet. If you need a taste of living water, let us know. We will pray for you and walk alongside you.

“When she first started painting succulents Suzanne was surprised and amazed by the drama and beauty produced by such a hardy plant. ‘It’s a survivor. They don’t give up easily. I’ve found so much inspiration working on this project.’ ”

When the manager of Everybody’s Coffee saw Suzanne’s paintings he offered her a show in the coffee shop. You can come see them for yourself and get a little hope infusion. The title of her show? HOPE Anyways. 935 W. Wilson Ave., Uptown, Chicago.

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Deeply Rooted in Pictures

Our gatherings in November are two days, complete with lunch and workshops. These are pictures from Deeply Rooted, November 2016.

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Doctor. Speaker Writer: Lina AbuJamra

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. She uses the same skills serving patients in the ER as she does helping people build their faith and manage critical decisions.

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 IntendedStripped: 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 on iTunes/podbean, 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.
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Nilwona Nowlin: Writer, Speaker, Activist

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. Recent publications include “To Save Many Lives: Exploring Reconciliation Between Africans and African Americans through the Selling of Joseph,” for the Covenant Quarterly as well as devotionals for the Covenant Home Altar. She is also a regular contributor to 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. You can follow Nilwona on Twitter @nilwona.

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