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Big Tent 2017 to focus on ‘Race, Reconciliation and Reformation’

Big things are happening at biennial Presbyterian gathering

by Mari Graham | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE – Presbyterians from around the country are invited to live out their faith at Big Tent 2017 in St. Louis. This biennial gathering will take place July 6–8 on the campus of Washington University. The theme — Race, Reconciliation and Reformation — will emphasize the hope of the gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity and economic inequality.

Big Tent offers Presbyterians an exciting opportunity to discern some of the toughest concerns of the day while actively engaging with their faith community.

“Big Tent is one of the finest denominational events put on by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” said Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “Three days of quality programming held in a central, convenient location at a reasonable cost for participants — this year’s Big Tent gathering promises to be among the best ever.”

The opening worship preacher will be PC(USA) Stated Clerk the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. The Rev. Dr. Christine Hong, assistant professor of worship and evangelism and chapel worship coordinator at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be the closing worship preacher.

“As we grapple with the emerging church of the 21st century it is imperative that we come together to listen, learn and envision the future,” Nelson said. “God, through Jesus Christ, is providing us an opportunity at Big Tent to go deep in our theology and faith while renewing our spirits.”

Registration starts March 15 and is $395. The price includes accommodations for three nights and meals. A $225 rate for commuters, with no lodging or meals, is also being offered.

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