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Big Tent 2017

General Information

 

Make plans now to join old friends and make new ones at this summer’s Big Tent conference in St. Louis. The theme of this year’s conference is Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, attendees will be challenged and renewed by the power of the gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division, and inequality.

All are welcome!

There are special Big Tent programs for children and youth. Click here for more information and the schedule for these programs.

Discover a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is more exciting, more diverse, and more faithful than you ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be Presbyterian.

WHERE AND WHEN

Big Tent will be held July 6 to 8, on the campus of Washington University. The campus is adjacent to Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Washington University’s compact campus offers excellent facilities for the Big Tent worship services and other activities. The availability of economical residence hall housing and meal services are helping to make this Big Tent affordable for all.

ACCESSIBILITY

If you have a disability or another health condition relevant to your participation, please indicate this when you register. Contact the G.A. Meeting Service at 888-728-7228, ext. 2417 or at gameetingservice@pcusa.org regarding any special needs.

The Washington University campus is fully accessible. Shuttles and golf carts will be available to provide transportation for those not able to walk the distance between the campus venues.

EXHIBITS

Big Tent will include opportunities to learn more about the mission and ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agencies: the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Office of the General Assembly, The PC(USA) Board of Pensions, The PC(USA) Foundation, the PC(USA) Investment and Loan Program, Inc., and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Each will have a display in the Dining Hall of the South 40 House (location of Big Tent meals, Thursday through Saturday). There will be ample time to visit the displays, talk with staff and other representatives of these agencies, and visit the conference bookstore (sponsored by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation).

COMMUNITY BUILDING

The Big Tent schedule will include many opportunities for informal gatherings and spending time with new and old friends.

For those who have arrived and checked in by Thursday afternoon, come to the informal Gathering/Community Building time, to be held in College Hall, near the South 40 dining hall.  It will begin at 2:00 p.m., but come when you are able for this opportunity to meet others and prepare for the days ahead.

On Thursday and Friday evenings, participants are encouraged to stop in at the South 40 dining hall to meet up with friends to reflect on the day or for casual conversation.  The soda fountains will always be on, or you may bring your own beverage.