We will have 8 to 10 different breakout options to choose from during each breakout session. Breakout sessions will allow us to creatively engage in justice, art, action, storytelling, technology, and more. All breakout session options will also be available during the second breakout session time slot (unless otherwise indicated). 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.

 

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.

 

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.