We’re so excited about some special guests who will be a part of our 5K Run for Single Moms this year. The BELONG Tour is going to be at our 5K!
BELONG is a multi-city Christian women’s conference, featuring Shauna Niequist, Nichole Nordeman, Melinda Doolittle, Jen Hatmaker and Deidra Riggs. The tour will be in Chicago in September, and in each city where they hold an event, they always partner with a local non-profit organization—and this year, they’re partnering with us!
The BELONG Tour is coming to the Rosemont Theatre September 15-16. Pam Orr, Executive Director, will join Shauna Niequist onstage at the event for an interview that will let all the attendees learn about Fellowship. (Tickets are available while they last at belongtour.com )
But on May 13, BELONG will be at our 5K, running, walking, and cheering on our moms. (The race will be held at Busse Woods at 9 a.m.)
We caught up with Shauna, long time friend of Fellowship and BELONG Tour speaker, to talk about this exciting partnership.
Why Fellowship for a BELONG partner? What made you think of them?
I’ve been involved with FH for many years, because I’m such a huge fan of organizations that support moms, especially moms in seasons of crisis. FH creates a support system around vulnerable families and gives them what they need to thrive and move forward—I can’t think of more meaningful work. When I suggested them to the BELONG Tour as a possible partner, they really caught the vision of what FH is all about and were thrilled to jump on board.
You’ve always been a big supporter of FH. Tell us some of the ways you’ve been involved over the years.
My day-to-day lifeline friends have been gathering together in
a Cooking Club for more than eight years. Once a month we gather around the table, but more than that, we text and talk every day. We celebrate and mourn together. We help with each other’s kids and talk through the tender and challenging spots in all our lives. And one of the best things we do: as often as our schedules allow, we serve dinner for the FH graduation. We make a big meal, and we get to hear the stories of women who have struggled to come out of homelessness or abusive marriages, and who are now buying their own homes, creating safe and warm environments for their kids, using hard-won skills in budgeting and boundaries to make beautiful new lives. Every time we cook for these graduation dinners, we come away filled with hope and bursting with gratitude for FH.
A group of women from BELONG will be running the 5K. Who are they?
A bunch of BELONG Tour group leaders are planning to join us for the 5K. We don’t have a final number yet because we’re still adding to the list! They may or may not be moms, but they are amazing women from the Chicago area who have a heart for helping other women. Each of them is putting together a group of at least 10 women who will experience the BELONG Tour this September. They’re a brave and creative and gutsy bunch of women who are building interesting lives, communities, churches, neighborhoods. I am so impressed by them!
Talk about the partnership between FH and BELONG.
BELONG is all about creating safe spaces for meaningful conversation between women from all backgrounds and in all seasons. And we know that women love to support and cheer on other women. I’m so confident that the BELONG community is going to surround and support FH in such bold, brave ways, because when moms thrive, families thrive, and neighborhoods and communities grows stronger. That’s something we all want to be a part of.
If you’d like to attend the BELONG Tour, go to belongtour.com/chicago. Hint: the best time to buy tickets is right now, during the early bird sale. Prices will go up June 1.
Registration for our 5K will close at midnight Wednesday, May 10. Click to Register now! for this family-friendly event.