We're excited to announce plans for the Big Event 5.0, which will be held January 28 to February 2, 2012, on Carnival Elation out of New Orleans.
Take the Book out of the Box
Jenee Woodward, the author and collector of the study, preaching and worship website, "The Text This Week," will lead a workshop on the gospel texts in the weeks after Pentecost for Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll seek worship interpretations of the scriptures that speak to the context of our local communities, just as Mark and John did in their gospels. These might include writing prayers and other liturgy, developing creative or interactive presentations of the stories, and even making videos we could take back with us. Think of the ship as a lab instead of a classroom, and come put the Extra in Ordinary Time!
Please send us an email if you are interested in a brochure. We are finalizing a few details and will have them ready by June 1.
Some have asked, "Why continue to have a cruise? Why not a land-based BE again?" A cruise provides superior comfort and service for a relatively modest cost. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free participants have been accommodated graciously and with a variety of options. All meeting space is included for no charge. Being off-shore and in international waters provides a kind of getaway that most pastors don't get anymore, one where you truly cannot receive phone calls or emails. Past attendees, even people who were dubious about going on a cruise, have enjoyed the experience very much. However, to honor the concerns raised by those who cannot or will not do a cruise, we will be exploring alternatives for 2013. If you have suggestions, please do email us.