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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’ ”
In this workshop you will be working alongside artists Suzanne and Colleen to create your own one-of-a-kind weaving with soft fibers, fabrics, plants, and flowers as you use the time for prayerful reflection.
Supply fee: $5 (cash only)
Finding Rest: Journaling with Color and Line
Many of us journal, some in time of crisis or need, while others very regularly get their responses down on things they have read or conversations they have had. Some of us would like to journal, but those blank pages seem overwhelming. Journaling using line and color may be a way to give a boost to an established journaling practice, or give us another way to respond to what is going on in our lives and around us.
Are you saying to yourself, “I can’t even draw a straight line?” Art journaling is not about making great art. It is about letting color and line speak for you when words can’t. No art ability is required. If you can hold a crayon in your hand, you have everything you need.
Come join us for a creative rest you can engage in during Deeply Rooted and beyond. We will be using easily found items (provided) to create small journal pages.
More views of @935wilsonabbey waiting to be filled by expectant women this Saturday, and @colleensacelt and @greeneyedlense working on the hand-drawn banners. It’s getting real, people. #deeplyrootedchicago#getdeeplyrooted