We are called to be purveyors of hope, bringers of Good News, liberators of the poor and oppressed. When our hope is ebbing, we need to put ourselves in the way of it. Maybe we should be reading good news after each article that discourages, reaching out to those we know have been hit the hardest by hopelessness.

We’ll be gathering on May 20, 2017 to feed off one another’s hope, to be strengthened and built up by our sisters, to bring light to each other’s darkness. Please join us. Invite your family and friends. Let’s kick hate and fear to the curb together.

Deeply Rooted is a one-night faith and creativity gathering for women in Chicago. Sponsored by Wilson Abbey, Jesus People USA, and Redbud Writers Guild.

Registration is $15 or pay what you can. Scholarships will be available as well.

Katelyn Durst, Nilwona Nowlin, and Lina Abujamra will be speaking. A dessert reception will follow.

Click here to register.


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We are so honored to be hosting these incredible speakers and workshops at our anniversary gathering in Chicago. It will be a year since we launched our first event, and we are committed to bringing you more biannual goodness as long as the Lord allows!

We brainstorm and pray about our Gathering themes so we can bring you encouragement and challenge that applies to everyone but also finds its way into each individual heart in a special way.

Our November theme is REST. What one of us doesn’t need to be reminded to rest and receive? We’ve brought together some gifted speakers to draw us into conversation about the gift and necessity of rest.


Dr. Beth Felker Jones (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College. She is the author of The Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, and Faithful: A theology of Sex.  Jones is a columnist for the Christian Century and has written articles for publications such as Duke Divinity School’s Faith and Leadership and Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband Brian, a United Methodist pastor, and their four children.


Kathy Khang is a regional multiethnic director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, overseeing multiethnic training and ministry development. She is one of the authors of More Than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006), and continues to blog about life as a Christian Asian American married woman with children when really she should be sleeping.



Michelle Van Loon is the author If Only: Letting Go Of Regret (Beacon Hill Press, 2014) and two books about the parables of Christ. She’s contributed to four recent devotional projects including the Hope In The Mourning Bible (Zondervan). She’s currently enrolled part-time at Northern Seminary and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog. She’s married to Bill, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Her writing focuses on issues of the church and spiritual formation. She blogs at Pilgrim’s Road Trip.

On Friday night, Kathy Khang will be kicking us off after our worship set. On Saturday, we will be hearing from Dr. Beth Felker Jones and Michelle Van Loon. We will be offering four workshops (you pick 2)—a faith track and a creativity track. We will have a prayer room and prayer team available for you throughout Friday night and Saturday. On Saturday there will be a catered lunch with the speakers and Deeply Rooted leadership team; you can purchase this during registration.  You may also choose to eat at a nearby restaurant if you wish.

Click here for the schedule.

As much as we would LOVE to keep bringing you events free of charge, we want to be able to bring you the best speakers, poets, workshops, and worship that we can, and we want to make it a beautiful experience for you. We want to pay people what they’re worth for the caliber of work they’re creating for us. We will need you to register for our upcoming events.