You Are Welcome Here Conference 2018

Join us for our inaugural conference this October 4-5, 2018!

Location: Auraria Campus // 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 


 Conference Schedule

October 4, 2018                                                                           

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8:00-9:00am: Check In/Breakfast (St. Cajetan’s)                                                  

9:00-10:15am: Keynote w/ Paula Stone Williams (St. Cajetan’s)                    

10:30-11:45am: Workshops (Tivoli)                                         

12:00-1:00pm: A Conversation with David Mullins, Charlie Craig & Sara Neel / Lunch (St. Cajetan’s)

1:30-2:45pm: Workshops (Tivoli)

3:00-5:00pm: Resource Fair/Book Signings/Tattered Cover Bookstore Table (St. Cajetan’s)

7:00-9:00pm: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation w/ Azure Antoinette, Amal Kassir, & attendees (Buntport Theater: 717 Lipan St. Denver, CO 80204)


October 5, 2018

8:00-9:00am: Check In/Breakfast (Tivoli Turnhalle)

9:00-10:15am: Keynote w/ Brit Barron (Tivoli Turnhalle)

10:30-11:45am: Workshops (Tivoli)

12:00-2:00pm: Interfaith Panel / Queering Religion: Developing Spirituality in a Post-Patriarchal Utopia (Tivoli Turnhalle)

2:30-3:45pm: Workshops (Tivoli)

4:00-5:15pm: Keynote w/ Dr. Carrie Y.T. Kholi (Tivoli Turnhalle)

6:00-8:00pm: Community Soiree w/ Salam of Denver (Tivoli)

7:00-9:00pm: Shabbat Dinner w/ OneTable (Reservation Required; Limited Seats)

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paula stone williams (she/her/hers)

Paula’s life invites authenticity and incites new life.

As Paula has sought to live authentically, she has inspired others to do the same. From the work that she does with Left Hand Church and RLT Pathways to her TEDxMileHigh talk that received a standing ovation, Paula seeks to create spaces that allow for folks to be their most authentic selves.

At our inaugural conference, Paula will be sharing with us via her keynote entitled, “Faith and Inclusion in a Post-Truth Era.”

Click the link below to learn more about Paula!


Brit barron (she/her/hers)

Brit spends her life creating spaces for folks to engage in meaningful conversations about justice, race and inclusion. From her TEDx talk, “What Beyoncé Taught Me About Race,” to her various workshops and curriculum she has created, Brit seeks to promote equality, equity, and inclusion in all that she does.

At our inaugural conference, Brit will be sharing with us via her keynote entitled, “What the Miracles from the Bible Teach Us About Intersectionality.”

Click the link below to learn more about Brit!


dr. carrie y.t. kholi (she/her/hers)

khoLi. is a writer, a creator, and a beautiful leader.

She writes “We’re told to bloom where we’re planted, to nurture our gifts and passions from a primary place of rooting. We forget that - responsible for providing sustenance for not only the final blossom, but the stem, the leaves, and each life cycle - root systems travel. Beneath the ground, further and further away from an initial seed, roots crane unselfishly. Each unique sprout rises only with the help of a complex support system aiding in continual absorption, anchoring, accumulation (or archive), and reproductive activation.”

At our inaugural conference, khoLi. will be sharing with us via her keynote entitled, “The Way Forward is with an Open Heart: Spirituality as Necessity for Communal Futures.”

Click the link below to learn more about khoLi.!


Azure Antoinette (she/Her/Hers)

Azure is captivating and brings so much good to the world.

“Called ‘the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation,’ Azure Antoinette is a poet, brand humanist and creative strategist. As a Commissioned Poet she is firmly committed to finding a way to live out her mantra of ‘Do What You Love & Love What You Do.' She has a unique talent to curate and custom write the story of a brand.”

At our inaugural conference, Azure will be sharing some of her powerful poetry with us.

Click the link below to learn more about Azure!


amal kassir (she/her/hers)

From Amal’s website: “Amal Kassir is a Muslim Woman, born and raised in Denver, CO to a German-Iowan Mother and a Syrian Father. She is an international spoken word poet, having performed in 10 countries and over 45 cities. She has conducted workshops, given lectures, and recited her poetry in venues ranging from youth prisons, to orphanages to refugee camps to universities to churches to community spaces for the public. She designed her own undergraduate degree called 'Community Programming in Social Psychology' and she is a major proponent in education and building individual agency in particularly underserved and vulnerable populations, especially through writing. She hopes to take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps, Insha'Allah.”

At our inaugural conference, Amal will be sharing some of her wonderful poetry with us during our evening of poetry and conversation.

Click the link below to learn more about Amal!