the 3rd annual
in new york city
march 3-4, 2017
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Thanks to a grant from the Women's Bible Society, we offer translation at our main sessions in Spanish and Mandarin. This is simultaneous translation via headset for any who requests it. (If you need translation in another language, please indicate this on your registration form. If there is enough need for translation into this language, we will do our best to accommodate.)
Discounts and Financial Assistance
Our standard ticket price is $90. We also offer half-price tickets for $45. We desire for everyone to attend regardless of financial need. If you need to pay less than $45, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the dollar amount you are able to contribute, and we will send you a registration link with a ticket at the price you requested.
There is no special volunteer rate because we have a liberal scholarship policy. Volunteers are managed so that they only serve during one section of time and miss as little as possible of the sessions.
**All tickets include lunch on Saturday and access to all of the sessions.**
If you would like to contribute to the Hope Gathering so others may attend, there is an option to purchase tickets for more than $90 during registration or you can give a donation here.
The Structure is simple: Main Stage Sessions, Connecting Sessions and lunch.
Main Stage sessions have a diverse group of local, New York City women who share short stories about who God is, how He has met them in their need, and how they share His hope with the world that so desperately needs it. Worship is led by an all-female worship band.
Connecting Sessions are a structured time, led by a facilitator, when small groups of women gather to connect with one another over a shared topic or concern. We ask for your connecting session preference during registration, but you can attend whichever connecting session that you would like.
OUR THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION
We hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. See below for how we uniquely embody those in our times together. For more information, please visit: cru.org/about-us/statement-of-faith
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Our Purpose, Goals, & Values
To share hope.
(1) Hope comes from God.
He promises to restore the world. Through Jesus, God is reconciling all things to himself. In Jesus we find our hope -- our hope for eternal life, our hope to be made perfect and complete, and our hope for healing.
God also gives us hope through the presence of the Holy Spirit who works in us right now, in the here and now. The Spirit comforts us, heals us, guides us, and never leaves us. And through the Spirit we are united with a people who can come alongside us as our sisters and brothers.
(Psalm 65:5, Psalm 130:7, Isaiah 42:4, Jeremiah 14:8, Lamentations 3:21, Romans 15:13, Colossians 1:27, Hebrews 6:19, Hebrews 7:19, 1 Peter 1:3)
(2) God created us to be agents of His hope.
God has created us -- as humans and his followers -- to be agents of his hope, to be ambassadors of His kingdom to a broken world. We are called to proclaim His hope and to join with God in bringing hope to the world. We bring hope to our world by loving God with our whole hearts and lives, by proclaiming the good news of the Messiah, and by loving and laying down our lives for our neighbors.
(Psalm 25:3, 2 Corinthians 3:12, 1 Timothy 4:10, 1 Peter 3:15)
To create a safe space to encounter Jesus and not just inhale information or be emotionally stimulated . . . a space where we can bring God our questions and doubts, our confusion and failures, our grief and anger
To set aside time to receive God’s unconditional love which frees us from shame and condemnation and which enables us to live with hope
To foster connections among women in areas of life where hope is a struggle so that encouragement and support can nurse and guard hope in Jesus
To empower women to take practical steps in becoming agents of hope in our city, our neighborhoods, our offices, and our families
To connect women with others who are actively meeting city needs and to create space for women to join them in that process
Jesus – Jesus is the Hope of everything: friendship struggles, marital strife, poverty, abuse and violence, career direction, reconciliation, discontentment, flourishing and thriving, purpose, identity, empowerment, etc. While we need connection, time to process, and direction, Jesus is our practical and ultimate answer.
Diversity – Diversity brings the unique and necessary perspectives of others’ lives to bear on our own. We are able to see more of who God is and how God moves among us. Through diversity, the grace of His embodied character is shown to be consistent, yet it meets us wherever we happen to be.
Vulnerability – Everyone sins and falls short. As image bearers, we all need God. Sadly the image of God is often hidden among us by our fear of sharing. Our vulnerability and our stories enable others to be brave and move forward in hope.
True Connection – Biblical peace and justice are not only about being in right relationship with God and the world, but also with each other. We were made to live in community. True connections with others empower and teach us how to embody the nature of God in different aspects of our lives. The Holy Spirit uses other believers (His Body) to speak words of truth and grace into our lives, and to demonstrate God’s love and commitment to us.
Image Bearers – As female image bearers, ezers, we were created to offer hope and help to others in times of need and, in this way, to reflect a unique aspect of the character and creativity of our God. We reflect His image and identity as the true hope of the nations by setting aside time to celebrate with those who rejoice and cry with those who mourn, by meeting others’ needs in tangible ways, by speaking words of encouragement to those who are discouraged, and, ultimately, by pointing others to The Hope, Jesus.
Local Voices – New York City women face unique challenges that women in New York City can speak to best. There aren’t many gatherings that address the uniqueness of life for women in this city -- gatherings that are physically and financially accessible. We don’t need to leave the city to find hope or help; we believe that both are already flourishing in the lives of the women already present in our city.
Quality Experience – We value a good, embodied experience (i.e. good food not cheap sandwiches, delicious coffee with well trained musicians and thoughtful decor and programing, etc.) that doesn’t appear unnecessarily expensive. We want to be welcoming and thoughtful without creating a luxury experience for the sake of luxury.