Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2016

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A one-of-a-kind gathering of pastors, practitioners, artists, dreamers, and doubters around one question:


Nadia Bolz-Weber


Rachel Held Evans


Other Presenters

Neichelle Guidry


Jeff Chu


Anna Keating


Onleilove Alston


Asher O'Callaghan


Rozella White


Jenny McBride


Sandra Valdes Lopez


Rachel Kurtz


Who Are WE?

When was the last time you heard a story that reminded you of why you are a Christian? When was the last time you gave and received testimony?

When you attend the Why Christian Conference you will encounter a group of speakers whose stories and work remind you of why, in spite of all its dysfunction, you remain a part of the sprawling and diverse family of God. Join us (Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans), as we introduce 8 amazing practitioners - Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterian, black, white, Asian, Latino, gay, straight, and transgender - who remind us of why we are Christians.

All who long for a clearer picture of what unites us as children of God are invited to listen, to share, and to believe once again.

Bonus: Enneagram Conference

WX2016 is excited to offer our first ever pre-conference workshop day, “Enneagram Foundations” with teachers Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The Enneagram, a newly revived yet ancient personality typing system will profoundly deepen your understanding and love for yourself, others, and God.

Join us on September 29th for this exceptional pre-conference opportunity by registering below for WX2016 + Enneagram Conference.

You don’t want to miss it!

Taught by:

Suzanne Stabile


Ian Morgan Cron



For those who register for WX2016 and Enneagram Conference
  • 7:30 am - Registration

  • All Thursday Sessions with Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
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  • 8:30 am - Session 1
  • 10:15 am – 15 min. Break
  • 10:30 am – Session 2
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:30 pm - Session 3
  • 3:15 pm – 15 min. Break
  • 3:30 pm - Session 4
  • 5:30 pm - End of Day
*Event information subject to change without prior notification
Open to All WX2016 Registrants
  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 9:00 am - Music
  • 9:30 am – Welcome with Nadia and Rachel
  • 9:50 am – Mattins
  • 10:00 am – Session 1
  • 11:00 am – 30 min. Break
  • 11:30 am – Session 2
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch Break
  • 1:30 pm - Break Out Sessions
  • 3:00 pm – 30 min. Break
  • 3:30 pm - Session 3
  • 5:00 pm - End of Day One
*Event information subject to change without prior notification
Open to All WX2016 Registrants
  • 9:15 am - Music
  • 9:30 am – Mattins
  • 10:00 am – Session 4
  • 11:30 pm - Lunch Break
  • 12:30 pm – Book Signings
  • 1:30 pm - Session 5
  • 3:30 pm – 30 min. Break
  • 4:00 pm - Eucharist
  • 5:00 pm - Closing
*Event information subject to change without prior notification

Cost & Registration

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Includes admittance to the one-day Enneagram workshop only and does not include admission to any of the Why Christian Conference events.


This year the Why Christian Conference will take place in Chicago at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The Windy City is a diverse and multicultural city, home to some of the best live music, popular festivals and active in the fight for justice and reconciliation. "Sited on the Magnificent Mile and across from the John Hancock Tower, Fourth Church is one of Chicago’s most visible religious institutions. Built after the Great Fire, the church and its “light in the city” ministry are intertwined closely with Chicago history. "

Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago is widely regarded as a world-class food destination. Whether you are looking for pizza, a $2 hot dog or a 5-course meal, Chicago is a foodie town filled with mom and pop spots and five start restaurants alike.

War of the Pizza’s

Chicago is famous for their deep dish pizza, and everyone has an opinion on which is the best. Here are a few to try:

Pizzeria Uno Gino’s East Pizano’s Pizza
Giordano’s Lou Malnati’s Bar Toma

Looking for something other than pizza?

Ditka’s NoMi Kitchen Wow Bao
Bar Toma Foodease Market Tempo
Downtown Dogs Mity Nice Bar & Grill Rosebud Steakhouse

Coffee & Tea

Starbucks Sacred Grounds Argo Tea
Le Bar Coffee Intelligentsia Coffee ERO Coffee Bar

Nearby Hotels

Residence Inn Magnificent Mile
201 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

6 minute walk / 0.3 miles
Rating: 4.5

Omni Chicago
676 North Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, Illinois 60611

7 minute walk / 0.3 mile
Rating: 4.5

Holiday Inn Express Magnificent Mile
640 North Wabash Ave.,
Chicago, Illinois 60611

10 minute walk / 0.4 mile
Rating: 4

Hilton Suites Magnificent Mile
198 East Delaware Pl.,
Chicago, Illinois 60611

5 minute walk / 0.2 mile
Rating: 4

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown
216 East Ontario St.,
Chicago, Illinois 60611

12 minute walk / 0.5 mile
Rating: 4

Four Points Downtown
630 North Rush St.,
Chicago, Illinois 60611

9 minute walk / 0.4 mile
Rating: 3.6

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