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Kerry Rice
G.A. Meeting Services
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Join us at Big Tent!

August 1-3, 2013, in Louisville

Advanced registration is closed. On-site registration will open at 8:00 am on Wednesday, Jul 31 in Hall 1AB at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Discover a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is more exciting, more faithful, and more diverse than you have ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be a Presbyterian. The event will be celebratory, diverse, and participatory, with intergenerational activities.

Under one roof, the 2013 Big Tent will combine 10 national Presbyterian conferences and a single theme: “Putting God’s First Things First” (Matt. 6:33–34). It will take place August 1–3 at the Kentucky International Convention Center and nearby hotels in downtown Louisville.

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Advanced registration is closed. On-site registration will open at 8:00am on Wednesday, Jul 31 in Hall 1AB at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

  • Register as a participant in the Big Tent
  • Register for one of the pre- or post- conferences
  • Register a child/youth for one of the Big Tent children and youth programs.
  • Purchase a ticket for Big Tent dinners (Thursday and/or Friday) or for the National Black Presbyterian Caucus Conference luncheon or dinner

If you cannot register on-line, you may complete a registration form and mail or fax it to the G.A. Meeting Service. (PDF)

Registration fees:

$295 ($200 for young adults age thirty and under) for the full three day registration for Big Tent or any of the 10 partner conferences, includes Thursday and Friday Big Tent dinners.
Single day fees are available.

Children and youth program fees are $150 for the first child in a family, and $100 for additional children from the same family, and only $75 for older youth.

With 10 partner conferences each with numerous offerings, and 90 "common workshops" to choose from, this can be a daunting registration process. Please download and review the full Schedule of Events before you start.

Some scholarship funds are still available to assist with registration fees for some partner conferences. Register for the Compassion Peace and Justice Conference, the the National Multicultural Church Conference, the Presbyterian Communicators Network, or the Racial Ethnic and Immigrants Convocation, and select "Scholarship" as the form of payment on the Payment page to apply for a scholarship.

Conference staff, planning team members, speakers, and other official participants whose Big Tent expenses are paid by the PC(USA)/Big Tent -  do NOT use this link to register.  You will receive an email from the G.A. Meeting Service with a link to register.


Rooms are available for Big Tent participants at two hotels, both located in downtown Louisville, and connected by skywalk to the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC).


Big Tent rate (per room, per night)
subject to tax, currently 15.01%

Hyatt Regency
Galt House guest rooms
Galt House executive suites


Big Tent registration fees do not include lodging; attendees will make their own reservations.

Make a reservation at the Hyatt or call 888-421-1442 and tell the reservation agent that you are attending the PC(USA) Big Tent. On July 1, Hyatt Hotels and UniteHere announced a resolution to their labor disputes, which provides contracts and a process for workers to join unions, and ends the global Hyatt boycott called by UniteHere.

Make a reservation at the Galt House or call 800-626-1814 and tell the reservation agent that you are attending Big Tent 3.

Register and make your reservation soon, and no later than July 8 to be eligible for the discounted conference rates.

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