We will have 9 different breakout sessions emphasizing different ways to creatively engage with justice, art, action, storytelling, technology, and more. All breakout sessions will be repeated during the second breakout session time slot. The breakout sessions will help you to explore ways to practice justice locally, globally, creatively, prophetically, formationally, and more.

Get to know our breakout session leaders:

Analise AdamsAnalise Adams

Featured Topic:

Food Justice + Faith: Exploring the intersections between faith and the food system

This break-out session will explore the ways in which our faith calls us to be a part of fostering a healthier community, where everyone has equitable access to a healthy food system. Through discussing creation care and sustainable agriculture, equity in healthy food access, and approaches to developing change in communities, we will discuss ways to learn more about or approach food access issues from a faith lens.

About Analise:
Analise Adams is the Program Director at Shalom Farms, a nonprofit organization in Richmond, VA focused on working with communities to ensure access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. Her work focuses on finding creative ways to support individuals and families in adopting healthy diets through increasing access to fresh, locally-grown produce. Analise joined the team at Shalom Farms in 2015, coming from a background of social work, community development, and civic engagement. She is most known for talking at length about her love for vegetables, and can often be found drinking too much coffee at farmers markets or trying out a new recipe in her Church Hill kitchen.

suzanne-vinson-headshot.jpgSuzanne Vinson

Featured Topic:
Broken Wide Whole – A Creative Experience on Living from the Heart’s Center

Life can be overwhelming. Life is busy.  In our hour, we will create a Sacred Pause, gathering our thoughts around a central theme – broken wide whole – exploring what it means to live from our heart’s center amidst the sometimes overwhelming fast pace of daily living.  In our creative exploration, we will create small mixed media works which enable us to connect mind, body, and spirit. These will be reminders to carve space in your day for contemplation, rest, and self care.  You may come into the space with a question or openness to explore or with the hope of playing with color and texture – whatever the hope – you are welcome to a seat at the table.  All levels of interest and experience are welcome.  During our time, poetry and conversation will be woven into our experience of faith through creativity.   You will leave with more energy and ideas through this creative, expressive time of exploration.

About Suzanne:
Rev. Suzanne L. Vinson has spent life collecting memories, recipes, stories, and wisdom as a woman of the Deep South who has offered care through her roles of motherhood, ministry and the arts.  She loves gathering folks for good food and meaningful conversation. Suzanne creates soul wisdom art, meant to deepen your experience of life, delight, and connection. She also leads mini-retreats and gatherings in her studio, as well as travels to lead retreats for organizations, non-profits, and churches.  She specializes in working with groups who seek healing, wholeness, and slowing down.  Learn more about Suzanne, her art and her offerings at www.suzannelvinson.com and follow along at IG @slsvinson and @silvertreeartstudio.

Josh-HaydenJosh Hayden

Featured Topic:
God’s Heart for Justice: Considering Scripture

This breakout will explore what scripture has to say about God’s heart for justice on earth as in heaven for the sake of the world.

About Josh:
Josh loves helping people discover the hope and meaning that God has for our shared life together. He studied leadership and organizational change while writing Creative Destruction: Towards a Theology of Institutions to receive his Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School. He’s the author of Sacred Hope, a book designed to foster conversation about the role of hope in our lives. Josh also studied at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies (M.Div) and James Madison University (B.A. English). Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for: V3 Church Planting Movement, Fresh Expressions US, and Spence Network. He finds delight in his marriage with Shéy and enjoys exploring the world with his two boys Rowan & Eli and dog Izzie. He also loves to read, run, and coach soccer.

Eleanor RobertsonEleanor Robertson

Featured Topic:
It’s how you make ’em feel: The art of Inclusion, Grace and Humility in owning a business

This breakout session will explore the ways that we can include God in the world of small business and local non-profits. We will discuss how to keep God in focus while working with people of many faiths and backgrounds and how to reflect grace in unspoken ways. The business world is not necessarily suited for the subject of God so how do we stay on mission and keep Him at the helm? How can we demonstrate our faith while still being “pc” in the world of business? How do we keep God present in organizations that aren’t intentionally faith-based? What does it look like to involve practices on target with God in business infrastructures?

About Eleanor:
Eleanor Robertson is the owner of Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio and the Founder and Executive Director of The Greater Richmond Dance Project. She is a native Richmonder, dedicated to infusing Ballroom and Partner Dance into the fabric of the community. She believes whole-heartedly that dance can change people and positively influence the world. Eleanor’s organizations are also focused on giving back to Richmond, proudly partnering with The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Susan G. Komen, American Diabetes Association, Jacob’s Chance, ASK, Miracles in Motion and many others to use dance as a tool to help make a difference! When she’s not on the dance floor, she relishes her time with her husband Tim and their two amazing kids, Bella & Burkley.

Charlie BaberCharlie Baber

Featured Topic:
Drawn to Jesus: Comics, Christ, and Calling
Comic strips use the power of art and humor to connect with readers. In this workshop, we’ll explore one artist’s calling to webcomic ministry, and the ways he’s used comics to promote a more thoughtful Christianity that leads to loving action in the real world.  We’ll talk about what it looks like to be a minister wherever you are, using the gifts God has given you.  You’ll also get the chance to create your own written or illustrated art.
About Charlie:
Rev. Charlie Baber is the author and illustrator of Wesley Bros Comics, a weekly webcomic teaching church history and theology. He started drawing comics for the Richmond-Times Dispatch when he was 13 years old. He’s also a writer for the youth bible study curriculum, Fathom, produced by Abingdon Press.  Charlie lives in Raleigh, NC where he is Associate Pastor (after many, many years as Youth Pastor) at Highland UMC. He loves reading comic books, building blanket forts with his wild kids, Meriwyn and Marlon, and watching Parks & Rec and X-Files with his wife Lori and their housefull of animals. You can check out his comics at www.WesleyBros.com, and his Fathom curriculum at www.cokesbury.com.

JoelJoell Denison – Richmond Justice Initiative

Featured Topic:
“Hearing and Doing: Your Role as a Believer in the Battle against Human Trafficking”

Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, is a devastating crime that is growing at a rapid pace, and Richmond is one of the most prolific cities in the country for it. It is the type of act that threatens victims of all ages, genders, and nationalities and their beautiful, God-given human dignity. You have the chance to not only break chains, but to be a part of prevention work, keeping the Lord’s own out of bondage to never experience chains in the first place. Learn about the work of local nonprofit Richmond Justice Initiative through their teen prevention education program, the Prevention Project, and how you can follow a calling to be doers of justice in a broken world.

David Bailey_HeadshotDavid Bailey

Featured Topic:
Leading a Reconciling Community

We are living in a diverse and divided time. Far too often there is little distinction between how secular and Christian leaders respond to the diversity and divisions we are experiencing today. In this workshop, we will unpack some of the current realities of our society and how Christian leaders can lead Christian communities into being reconciled communities.

Kate AyersKate Ayers – ReEstablish Richmond

Featured Topics:
Immigrant: What’s in a Name?
Come learn about the legal definitions of refugee immigration status, who and why refugees are coming to Richmond, and the barriers they face during resettlement.

The Refugee Experience
Particpate in an interative simulation where you will be asked what you would do if you were forced from your home. This will be followed by a guest speaker from Iraq who will share her experiences.

About Kate:
Kate joined ReEstablish Richmond in 2013, motivated by her participation in the “Just Faith” program, a class focusing on social justice issues around the world. She previously worked as a special education teacher and department chair in Hanover County for 11 years, while also serving as a volunteer mentor for refugees in the Richmond community. Kate’s dedicated efforts continue to build a supportive, trustworthy community for refugees living in Richmond.

Kristen Peyton PhotoKristen Peyton

Featured Topic:
Learning to See: A welcoming encounter with visual art

Art galleries and museums often seem inaccessible and intimidating, but with insight and a little practice they can be some of the most nourishing wells in our parched culture.

In this interactive experience, Kristen Peyton, curator of the Flippo gallery and practicing artist, will help you to encounter visual art with new eyes. Through directed reflection and interactive sketching of the artwork in Randolph-Macon’s beautiful exhibition space, you will learn to experience the art gallery as sacred.

Join Kristen at the Flippo Gallery to encounter Virginia photographer Jeremy Witt’s new show, traces, and learn to see in new and deeper ways.

Uptick ArtistsUptick Artists

Featured Topic:
Music and Vocation: How We Live Out Our Faith as Artists

Join the Uptick Artists for a conversation about how we live out our faith as artists, song writers, creatives and worship leaders each day.  Learn about the different contexts in which we work and serve and how our vocations look different for each of us.