Jessica S. Marquis lives her life through imagination, powered by Jesus. She is the founder of Milkweed Ministries, including Verses 3 to 5 and CAST (Coming Alive, Scheming Together), as well as the author of the humorous how-to book Raising Unicorns (Adams Media). She holds an MA in Counseling with a specialization in Couple and Family Studies from Oakland University. By day, she hangs out at home and around Phoenix with her daughter and twin sons; by night, she tries to stay awake to hold coherent conversations with her husband. You can catch her musings on spirituality and her journey with Jesus at Cottonwood Blessings (and her unicorn news updates at Unicornomics).
CAST (Coming Alive, Scheming Together) is what you get when you mix women + TED-style talks + a talent show with social justice flare + platonic speed-dating + the Holy Spirit’s movement. It is an event series and a movement, connecting women who love Jesus to transform their lives, their communities, and the Church. We operate as a switchboard, connecting you with ideas, people, and organizations so you can plug in with your unique passions and gifts.
CAST involves two parts: The first features speakers, musicians, and artists who present on the theme; the second is a time to interact with presenters and guests to discuss and scheme together around what took place in the first part. This event series is based on 1 Corinthians 14:26, 29-33, and combines Ephesians 2:10 with 1 Peter 4:10, inviting women to come alive in the good works they are created for and that are created specifically for them, and join together in serving the Body and transforming the world.
The theme of CAST #4 is Women. We will examine it from:
-the personal level of women’s identities,
-the community level of women in society, and
-the Church level of women in ministry.
These are some of the conversations and concepts we’ll be exploring together at this three-hour event for women who want to come alive in Christ. Join us as multiple presenters speak, sing, and perform on this theme, and then engage with us in immersive settings to discuss and scheme further to carry out God’s work.
Tickets are available for $10 through Brown Paper Tickets. (You can also sponsor tickets for under-resourced women who wish to attend – click on the envelope at the bottom of your screen to contact us for more info.)
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Changing Lives Center.
CAST #3: Waiting. On Good Friday, Jesus died. On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose again. But on Saturday, we waited. Creation waited. Our God waited. Hope seemed dead, darkness the assassin. Call it a cave, call it the dark night of the soul – whatever label you give it, it is a painful time: waiting, hoping, and clinging with nothing but faith that the Light will shine again, that He will redeem our “Saturday”. These were some of the things we discussed at this three-hour event on April 15, 2017, as we explored waiting in three areas: in our personal lives, in the foster care system, and as an oppressed people group waiting on justice. Presenters included Jessica Bhatti, Berisha Black, Chrystal Stewart, and Jenell Holt; worship leader was Krystle Sanchez. A portion of ticket proceeds was donated to Foster Care Initiatives. Listen to the audio of the presentations from CAST #3: Waiting here.
CAST #2: Restoration. Where are we as people, communities, the Church, and creation broken? What is keeping us from restoration? How can we transcend these obstacles to embrace and advocate wholeness through our Savior? These were some of the conversations and concepts we explored together at this three-hour event on October 15, 2016. Presenters included Renee Ronika, Kit Danley, Amy Jacober, and Alexus Rhone; worship leaders were Rachel O and Suzy Vulaca; and Kristen Miller provided an animation. A portion of ticket proceeds was donated to Neighborhood Ministries. Listen to the audio of the presentations from CAST #2: Restoration here.
CAST #1: Busyness. How does busyness hinder relationships? Who does being busy well? Why is it so pervasive? What can be done to leverage it for God’s purposes? When must we go against culture and label it an idol? These are some of the conversations and concepts we explored together at this two-hour event for women who want to come alive in Christ. On April 23, 2016, multiple presenters got to speak, sing, and perform on this theme, then engaged with us in immersive settings to discuss and scheme further to carry out God’s work. These presenters included Noel D’Avy, Charith Denson, Mollie Bartholomew, and Jessica S. Marquis; worship leaders were Kerri Jones and Donielle Palomo; and Kristen Miller provided an original animation. A portion of proceeds was donated to Food for the Hungry. Listen to the audio of the presentations from CAST #1: Busyness here.