Brandi S. Sanders is a singer, preacher, and teacher who has a passion for ministry to women. Born and raised in Chicago, Brandi has always served her community. She taught elementary school in Chicago for 5 years, has served several churches, and has worked as chaplain in multiple hospitals. Brandi currently serves as the Manager of Global Personnel for Serve Globally (ask her for the backstory), one of the mission priorities of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She works with global personnel all over the world as they prepare to return to the States, as they work towards credentialing, and most recently, as they navigate this global pandemic. As a young adult, Brandi discovered a passion for preaching God’s word. Brandi is an advocate for faith and forgiveness. Many people are familiar with Brandi’s singing gifts–she has been singing for as long as she can remember! Brandi is currently exploring other gifts and finding new hobbies. Near the end of 2020, she joined a virtual workout group and now appreciates being super sweaty at the end of a good workout. Brandi and her husband Leslie have 2 daughters, Sarabi and Rhyan.
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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!
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
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
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.
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 me. I 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.
“Thank you for a wondering evening with Deeply Rooted. The speakers affirmed in me that my voice as a single woman is valid and my story is worth telling. I have been making a lot of art about my journey—these women gave voice to all women who need to encouragement to stand rooted in their faith and rooted in their womanhood.”Rev. Dr. Velda Love had this to say: “Thank you for the invitation to speak. I just did what you asked and look at God . . . always doing amazingly more than we could ever expect or imagine. The women were lovely, beautiful, ready, receptive, and very present. I had an opportunity to hug and talk with young women and more seasoned women. There is so much work to be done in our lives, so anytime you need me just call.”
We can’t wait to see you next Saturday! We are busy working to make sure your experience is challenging and encouraging. Our worship team practiced on Thursday, here’s a sneak peek into our worship set:
Meet Rev. Velda Love. She is the director of justice and intercultural learning in the Office of Diversity’s Collaboratory for Urban and Intercultural Learning at North Park University. Velda collaborates with various academic schools to develop curricular and co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage greater integration of students’ in-class and out-of-class experiences with an emphasis on social justice related issues.
Velda completed a MATS from North Park Theological Seminary and is Ordained to Specialized Ministry in Social Justice in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a pastoral assistant at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Ill., and serves on various boards and task forces that address interfaith dialogue, homelessness, and youth incarceration. She is completing her DMin in social transformation from Chicago Theological Seminary. This is an audio sermon she gave at Jesus People USA Covenant Church in Uptown, Chicago:
June Felix is the best person to share about wonder. She is an author, speaker, avid gamer and sci-fi geek. She evens dresses up for Comic Con! She is one-half of the Moody Radio duo Karl and June in the Mornings.
Elyssa Salinas will be bringing us some spoken-word poetry. She is the Program Assistant for Hunger Education, a recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and plans to pursue a doctoral work in sexual ethics and theology in the coming year. You can see her perform one of her poems here:
Anita Scott performed three breathtakingly beautiful poems for us, and you can watch them here!
Did you know that 3 bands are represented in our worship team? Hilde Bialach plays cello and sings for The Crossing, Brach Siemens plays guitar in The Unfortunate, Ed Bialach plays drums for Glenn Kaiser Band and The Unfortunate, and Glenn Kaiser is, of course, the vocalist and guitarist for GKB. Here is a little taste of what you’re going to experience tomorrow.
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
Our designers are hard at work on the banners for our Saturday night gathering. We are so thankful for talented, gifted, skilled visionaries who can take some ideas and images and create an EXPERIENCE. It’s going to be beautiful and memorable. #getdeeplyrooted #deeplyrootedchicago
Join us for worship, poetry, and story. We all need to be reminded how God pursues, protects, and provides for us. 9 days from today!
Here is a sneak peek of what you will be experiencing at Deeply Rooted. Hilde and Joy leading worship. You’ve got to come sing with us.
I’m giving you my heart, and all this is within
I lay it all down, for the sake of you my king
I’m giving you my dreams, Laying down my rights
Giving up my pride, for the promise of new life
And I surrender, all to you
All to you
And I surrender, all to you
All to you
Deeply Rooted is gathering 3 weeks from today!!! We want you to be there with us. We have some cool ideas in the works for you and can’t wait to share them! Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. Bring a friend or three, or your whole small group. There will be incredible worship, a guest performer who will be introduced this week, and a message on living out our faith every day in the spirit of the Beatitudes. Share our page and let us know you are coming!