The Upper Room to Host RESILIENCE Conference

August 31, 2021 by Nicole Curtis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 31, 2021 / The Upper Room / The Upper Room will host RESILIENCE | Healing Practices for Mind, Body, and Spirit, an online conference open to all who seek healing and wholeness after the long trauma people have experienced as a global community. The virtual conference will take place September 30­–October 2, 2021.

The world has changed. People’s lives have changed. Resilience matters. Kara Lassen Oliver, Executive Director of The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, and workshop leader for the conference states, “Many of us have never experienced a deeper longing or desire to develop resilience, to recover from difficulties. The pace and persistence of change over the past two years have created layers of trauma and exhaustion in our individual lives and as collective communities.” 

The RESILIENCE conference will provide space for people to find rest and renewal and to explore healthy spiritual practices as they begin to make their way in this new world and to heal. Oliver continues, “Through RESILIENCE, The Upper Room invites anyone longing for rest, renewal, and recovery to come experience spiritual practices that tap into the steadfast love of God, which renews us and enables us to thrive as faithful disciples who point to hope in our world.”

RESILIENCE will include storytelling, time for personal reflection and conversation, guided spiritual practice, and worship. This time of gathering will introduce spiritual tools that individuals can use in their own healing journey or in the healing journey through which they lead others. Speakers and workshop leaders include:

  • Rev. Sidwell Mokgothu
  • Rev. Trevor Hudson
  • Rev. Dr. Amy Steele
  • Rev. Dr. Ron Bell
  • Rev. Kimberly Orr
  • Kara Lassen Oliver
  • Rev. Beth A. Richardson
  • Whitney Simpson
  • Dianne Harper
  • Robin Pippin

Registration is now open for RESILIENCE | Healing Practices for Mind, Body, and Spirit. Early registration is $150 and ends September 15. Regular price is $175. To learn more about the conference, its schedule, and speakers, please visit

This event is made possible by donors to The Upper Room’s Crisis Impact Fund and Stephen Bryant Prayer and Spiritual Formation Fund.

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The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service. The Upper Room is a part of Discipleship Ministries. Visit to learn more.

Nicole Curtis
Communications Manager
The Upper Room
[email protected]
615-340-7236 / Cell: 615-578-5418

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The RESILIENCE conference in 2021 was so uplifting and nourishing. It was wonderful to be with other Christians around the world at this retreat, who truly care about responding to trauma in a compassionate way by teaching spiritual practices to help with grounding and healing.”

Join us for the next RESILIENCE conference on September 29-30, 2023. Learn more at