Rise Up & Flourish Conference


June 23–24 / Chicago

It’s time to get free.

About the conference

Every day, injustice threatens to place Black people in bondage and steal our joy; it’s time to get free. At Joy & Justice 2023, we want to help you to Rise Up & Flourish–to live in the freedom that Jesus proclaims. Joy & Justice is more than a conference; it’s an experience.

For two days, The Witness BCC team and our line-up of dynamic guests will speak to your core concerns. You will connect with like-minded people who share your questions, joys, and hardships.

You will encounter dynamic worship, thoughtful presentations, and meaningful conversations that will empower you to experience joy and seek justice. You might walk into the conference bearing the weight of injustice, but you will leave Joy & Justice 2023 refreshed, healed, and carrying a renewed passion for fighting injustice.

Rise Up and Flourish: It’s time to get free.


Rise Up & Flourish Conference


Lilydale First Baptist Church
Legacy Campus
424 Indianwood Boulevard
Park Forest, Illinois 60466

Reverend Alvin Love

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Speakers Speakers

Danielle Coke Balfour

Dr. Christina Edmondson

Dr. Jemar Tisby

Tyler Burns

Ally Henny

Faitth Brooks

Dr. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Ekemini Uwan

Rev. Alvin Love

Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert

Robert Monson

Worship Leader

Chantel Varnado

More speakers will be announced soon!


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Schedule Start/End Times

DAY 1 · Friday, June 23, 2023

Doors open at 5pm. Register & shop our vendors.

Conference begins at 6pm & ends at 9pm.

The Fellowship: An After Hours Event begins at 9pm & ends at 11pm.

DAY 2 · Saturday, June 24, 2023

Doors open at 8am.

The conference begins at 9am and ends at 5pm.

DAY 3 (optional) · Sunday, June 25, 2023

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Come to church with us at Lilydale!


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Friday evening.

There will be coffee, tea, and water available 24/7. If you are able to attend The Fellowship: An After Hours Event, there will be h'orderves served throughout the evening. Learn more about the event and RSVP here!

Saturday morning.

You will get a complimentary mini-continental breakfast, including juices, coffee, tea. Be there when the doors open at 8am so you have time to enjoy a quick breakfast with our conference speakers.

Saturday lunch.

Lunch can be purchased from the black-owned food trucks, we will have parked outside. There will be gluten-free and vegetarian options as well, hoping to accommodate as many diets as possible.

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Pre-order exclusive Witness merch

Coming Soon.

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The Fellowship: An After-Hours Event

Friday, June 23 at 9pm
Lillydale First Baptist Church in Park Forest, IL

Join the Witness Foundation for a FREE Open Mic fundraising event on Friday night. Enjoy 2 hours of live music, horderves and a musical guest.

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For all other questions, please contact zennah@thewitnessbcc.com.

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Coming Soon:

Sponsorship and other engagement opportunities

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