Julie E. Richardson is a graduate of Berry College (B.A., 1997) and Lexington Theological Seminary (M. Div., 2002). She currently serves as Advancement Associate at Lexington Theological Seminary after having spent 15 years as a middle and high school youth minister. Julie authors the blog Someone Stole My Coffee. She is the co-editor of It’s Not All About You, a series of essays for and by young adults about what it means to engage in mission as a way of life, and the author of the 2014 Lenten devotional, Fellowship of Prayer. Julie and Chalice Press have recently released Available Hope. Julie writes from her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her daughter, Madeleine, and her rescued hound, Skye.

Available Hope: Parenting, Faith, and a Terrifying World
The world our kids are growing up in is beyond scary—it’s terrifying. Mothers and fathers, grandparents and caregivers all fear for their children, even as they hope for them to live beautiful lives. Drawing from personal stories, and via discussion to give inspiration and courage, Julie will engage in conversation with participants around the truth that we are stronger when we seek the shelter of one another—on the playground, in our communities of faith, and across our neighborhoods and cities. Our own brokenness as parents makes us better able to prepare our kids for what it means to really live. Sometimes, our finest teachers can be our children. And that, despite daily fear and discouragement, there still is Available Hope.