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.* 

Community · Faith · Prayer · Speaker · Video

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.* 

Faith · Speaker · Workshops

Introducing Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi is a freelance writer, speaker and pastor who makes her home in Chicago. She is the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where 2500+ people gather weekly for worship. Her role there is to lead creative teams, volunteer teams, ministry teams as well as regular teaching and preaching. She serves on a variety of boards and enjoys spending time on freelance writing and speaking projects. She has three children, an occasional hamster, and a hockey playing husband.

Tracey is an author of two books, Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood and Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planetand co-authored two books with Adele CalhounTrue You: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice and Women & Identity.

Tracey will be speaking on Saturday and leading a workshop: True You: Finding Your Peace, Strength, Agency and the Wisdom to Use Your Voice. You can check her out here preaching a sermon at Christ Church called “Blessed are the Pure in Heart.”

See our full schedule here.

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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.

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

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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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*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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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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*We have different payment options as well as an opportunity to sponsor someone with 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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