Artists, Musicians, Speakers, Performers:
Hailey Botto - How was Jesus with kids? Imagine along with Etsy artist Hailey Botto.
Mikka McCracken, a South Korean adoptee and life-long Lutheran, lives in Chicago and serves as a program director for ELCA World Hunger. She spoke at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit in 2015.
Rozella White, Rozella creates keynote presentations that take into account the context of the audience and the mission of the organization. Utilizing storytelling, sociology, history, and theology, Rozella’s presentations invite people to wonder about their lives in relationship to the topic and empower participants to lean into a new reality after the event.
Rachel Kurtz is a singer/songwriter whose distinctive voice infuses her organic instrumentation to wash over and through the listener.
Justin Roberts -GRAMMY Nominated, Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.
Sue Black - Dynamic Storyteller and Teaching Artist, Certified Bullying Prevention Trainer
Paula Sturgeon has been speaking under the title "Gimpy by Grace" for small and large audiences sharing God's love as a woman who has come to terms with her own illnesses which led to her having only one leg. She has a perfect mix of theology and humor for all ages.
Nadia Bolz-Weber : Hang out with Nadia in the Corners:
My hope for The Corners, my on-line publication, newsletter and community, is that folks will join me in the all-too-rare celebration of grace and mercy and compassion – not because these things come naturally to me, but because I am in desperate need of them. She is available for speaking. She is the author of several books. And she has a podcast, The Confessional.
Empowering worship communities to creatively explore faith. Learn more at www.sanctifiedart.com
Reframing Our Stories - Reframing our Stories, led by Kara Haug, provides sexual health education, resources and tools for families and communities to normalize conversations around sex and relationships, remove shame, and reframe our stories to promote openness, acceptance and a positive sense of self.
David Westerlund is an Applied Improver. The heart of my passion is working with organizations to catalyze greater organizational health. When our teams are healthier, our costs and turnover go down, our ability to achieve more on limited resources goes up. If you are looking for a workshop for your staff that is innovative, unlocks joy, builds trust, and creates resiliency please contact me. I’d love to sit down with you and see if what I bring could be a good fit for your organization.
Marthame Sanders - Through interactive workshops, Marthame can help your team see how the skills of improv can be of benefit to you. Whether this is for your leadership team, your church, or just fun with friends, these events are perfect opportunities for safe, creative, risk-taking with plenty of “a-ha” moments to take home. Contact for more information.
Lakisha R. Lockhart - Innovative Educator & Play Facilitator for religious, nonprofit, corporate, & institutional organizations. I have a passion and excitement for creating transformative ludic learning environments, for young adults and adults alike by offering engaging keynotes, hands-on play leadership development and team building facilitation and transformative hands-on vocational play for workshops, retreats and trainings.
Jazz Leadership Project - Jazz is creative. Jazz engenders a sense of structure, freedom and collaborative possibility. The Jazz Leadership Project (JLP) uses talent mapping and jazz practices to enhance personal creativity and communications skills; strengthen leadership capacity; and elevate group synergy through experiential learning.
The JLP workshop, with live musicians, and the seminar, with multimedia technology, provides participants with tools to expand their leadership aptitude and team cohesion. Participants will gain insight into ways to be more effective and inspired in their work space.
Lutheran Arts - Connecting artists, audiences and the arts.
AGAPE* (David Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, and storytelling to communicate the love of God in Christ to all listeners (even those skeptical of hip hop).
Puppet Ministry - Contact Debbie Streicher to learn more about how things brings people of all ages into theological discernment with lots of laughs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker and author Marilyn Sharpe of MarilynSharpeMinistries.com,
can help if you are looking for an inspiring speaker to kick off your year of adult Christian education, to do a series of adult forums, to introduce a new parenting program, to train your small group leaders or teachers, to express your appreciation for the volunteer ministry service of your teachers, pastoral caregivers, mentors, guides, boards, or ministry teams.