Share in Story: God’s and Mine

We all have a narrative about who we are and who God is. How we tell these stories can cripple us or liberate us. Learn how to frame and articulate your “true you” story. Lean into how the story of your life is meant to be a gift to others. Your story is the witness…

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Eating Together

God created us to need food, and he modeled how a simple meal can draw people to himself. Eating together can be personally transformative and missional as we see in the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus’s example of eating with sinners. This experiential workshop will be a forum to empower women using a theological…

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A Light in the Darkness: Coping with Mental Illness

Approximately one in 25 adults experience serious mental illness in any given year. How do we as Christians deal with the stigma, advocate well for ourselves and our loved ones, and find God’s grace and healing in the midst of confusion and grief? Theresa Marks, director of pastoral care and advocacy, Develop Leaders, ECC, Chicago,…

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Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement, which is said to be the civil rights movement of this generation, has sparked much controversy. Let’s unpack how it came to be, why it is so fiercely debated, and its significance to the church. Liz Mosbo VerHage, associate pastor, Quest Church, Seattle, WAMichelle Dodson, associate pastor, New Community Covenant…

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Spiritual Practices in Community as Prayer

Using Scripture to pray with one another, we will engage with the word of God together and see how God speaks to us and through us. Practices: dwell in the word, Bible art journaling, imaginative prayer leading into Emmaus walk Diana Shiflett, pastor of spiritual formation, Naperville Covenant Church, Naperville, IL

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Spiritual Practices in Community in Your Context

Learn to lead new ways to pray in your own circles of influence. We will introduce the concept of how to lead practices in your own community. Take time to engage personally with the practices, learn how to lead practices well, and take time to think creatively about how you might use them in your…

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The Truth About Sex

Discover how to create real intimacy in marriages as we learn God’s truth, uncover lies, seek healing, and find real answers about sex. Ruth Buezis, founder and author of Awaken Love

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Getting Good at Stress

Stress has become a bad word in our culture. But without stress we would not grow! Come hear about the most recent research on stress and what it has to do with our faith. How can we get “good at stress” for the sake of the Kingdom of God? Stephanie Williams O’Brien, a founding lead…

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Practical Keys to Effective Change

Change is a part of life. Change can bring loss and this causes us to undervalue the positives of change. Join us in talking through the practical keys to managing change as a person of influence. Angela Yee, executive director of ministry development, Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL

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#MeToo

Bringing awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence and relating the various effects of sexual trauma and the hope of healing through Christ. We will also address how to walk alongside those who have been assaulted. Elizabeth O. Pierre, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling and counseling psychology, North Park University and North Park…

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