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Monday, May 16, 2011

Save the Date -- Big Event 5.0

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.

17 comments:

  1. Brochure me please, can't wait!

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  2. I am petrified of big boats (or little ones) but if I can schedule this, I am SOOOooooo there!

    :)

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  3. Color me Elated! Brochure, please!

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  4. Brochure please - although I know I'm in!!

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  5. I will be on my birthday cruise but will lift a glass to you all!

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  6. Oh shoot! I was gonna make this one even if it was the same year as a cruise with my husband. However, I can't make it at the same time as the cruise with my husband. I'll take a brochure anyway in case things fall through with our plans. We'll know in a couple of weeks if it will work with his winter work schedule.

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  7. I'm REALLY hoping I can make this happen! It's going on the calendar NOW!

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  8. Last year I said catching up with Revgals would be a once in a lifetime event - but I'm determined to make it work next year too! Please send brochure!

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  9. I'd love to join you, but it is a long plane trip, and I am usually ready to get out after 5 hours - even if we are in mid-air!

    so my plan is one year to do a ministry swap and meet some of you at BE. Hopefully BE keeps going long enough for me to make it.

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  10. Already emailed asking for the brochure but wanted to note that if we can swing it, I'm hoping to bring both husband (also a pastor) and son.

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  11. As a veteran of both cruise and land-based BE experiences, I would just put in a word for the cruise having it all over the land in soooo many ways, particularly really becoming "unhooked" from daily life to truly become part of the experience in a way that allows for presence and renewal. Hoping to make it 4 out of 5....

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  12. Brochure me too, three...I mean 13!

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  13. Having caught up with Liz the other day, I'm wondering if I could wangle this as trainee minister formation... A brochure would be fab :)

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