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Thinking, Praying, and Living the Faith: A Theology, Worship, and Education Conference at Big Tent 2013


Thinking, praying, living ... who we are, what we believe, and what we resolve to do (see Book of Order, F-2.01) ... These things are deeply interrelated; indeed, they make up the Christian life.

60 scholarships are available to individuals who register on or before July 19, 2013. A $100 scholarship will be granted to seminary students and Christian educators; a $50 scholarship is available to pastors in the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio. To apply for scholarships participants must register online and select the TWE scholarship option. For more information, call 800-728-7228, x5334.

Participants in this Theology, Worship, and Education partner conference at Big Tent 2013 (August 1-3, Louisville) will explore and reflect on the inner relationships among the content of our faith, our prayer and worship, and our whole lives. In so doing, we will try to help each other live into a fuller appreciation of how we are shaped as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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workshop added: Marriage study

This interactive workshop will provide participants the opportunity to engage in open discussion with the contributors to the marriage study. Come and learn appropriate ways to implement it in local contexts, and hear from those who have used it. Learn more.


Featuring these keynote speakers:

Ron PetersRonald Edwards Peters is an internationally known preacher, educator, and adviser on social witness policy and urban theological education, serving on the board of directors for the Association of Theological Schools. He is the eighth president of the Interdenominational Center in Atlanta, an ecumenical consortium of six historically black theological schools. Prior to ITC, he was Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and founding director of its Metro-Urban Institute. Peters received a BA from Southern University, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD (education) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the inclusive evangelism and justice ministry in the changing times of our global and urbanized society.

Claudio CarvalhaesCláudio Carvalhaes, a theologian and artist, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where he earned a degree from the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He studied ecumenism at the World Council of Churches and received an MA in theology and literature from Methodist University’s Ecumenical Institute of the Graduate School of Religion. He was ordained by the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil and served two Presbyterian congregations in São Paulo. In addition to being a speaker, writer, performer, and consultant, Carvalhaes has served with the PC(USA) in its peacemaking and immigrant groups ministries.

 Cynthia CampbellCynthia Campbell is the pastor/head of staff of Highland Presbyterian Church, Louisville. She retired in 2011 after sixteen years as president of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, the first woman to serve as president of one of the PC(USA) seminaries. She previously served congregations in Texas and Kansas, and from 1981–1988 she was associate professor of theology and ministry at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is the author of God’s Abundant Table and A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity.


 About Big Tent 2013

August 1-3, 2013 • Louisville, Kentucky

Come to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Big Tent event and discover for yourself how putting God’s first things first can bring rebirth and renewal to your church. The Big Tent combines ten national conferences under one roof, gathering thousands of Presbyterian pastors, elders, and other church leaders to study, share, worship, and fellowship, and to build up the body of Christ. It’s been called “a giant Presbyterian family reunion” – and the 2013 Big Tent brings that reunion to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the PC(USA)’s national offices since 1988.

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