Saturday, January 15, 2011

Big Tent Christianity: Being and Becoming the Church (in Arizona)

I registered yesterday for the Big Tent Christinaity conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to attending the event and hanging out with some good friends of mine and hopefully making some new ones.

I attended the first Big Tent event last year in Raleigh, NC where the conversations were led by speakers/authors such as Peter Rollins, JayBakker, Brian Mclaren, Philis Tickle, Shane Claiborne, Spencer Burke, Tim Condor, Anthony Smith, Trip Fuller, and many, many more... and i am glad that they are keeping the conversation going across the country with returning as well as different "speakers".

And I am very pleased that Derek Webb will be around this time.

Last years conversations centered greatly on the very name of the conference, "Big Tent" and just how Big the tent actually is.

I am looking forward to what comes out of this years conversation.

Below is a list of the variety of Christian speakers/authors/activists/artist... .who will be in attendance sparking and leading the conversations as well as a little information from the Big Tent Website. You can also follow the big tents twitter @bigtentx

Marcus Borg
Carol Howard Merritt
Brian McLaren
Richard Rohr

in conversation with

Philip Clayton
David Felten
Shane Hipps
Brian Ammons
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Rachel Held Evans
Tripp Fuller
Gary Kinnaman
Eliacin Rosario-Cruz
Mark Scandrette
Anthony Smith
Spencer Burke
Derek Webb

Big Tent Christianity (BTX) is the convergence of new and old ways of being and becoming the Church:
Progressive and Emergent
Denominational and Non-denominational
Large and Small Faith Communities
Describable and Undescribable
BTX brings people together from across the country to proclaim what unites us as followers of Jesus in this modern world. More than a dozen leading Christian voices will break through boundaries to share new and innovative forms of ministry and renewal. You will be inspired by their visions of how we can speak even more powerfully in and to the world of the 21st century.
The gathering will include presentations, responses and discussion with speakers and with each other. There will be a Big Tent of music with creative versions of traditional music along with contemporary music–myriad ways that reflect our common ground.

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