Which Conference and Why?

Indigo GirlsSummer = Church Conference Time for many of us.  It’s been a feast of possibilities this summer in the year of our Lord 2013:

  • Big Tent just ended in Louisville.
  • UNCO 2013 East Coast was held in June and a West Coast event is planned for the fall.
  • Wild Goose begins this week in Hot Springs, NC

And then there have been/will be an array of Liturgical Arts Conferences, Preaching Conferences, Bible Conferences.  And of course the Mother of all conference centers –   Chautauqua   – offers dozens of interesting events all summer long.

How do you decide how to spend your precious time and money when it comes to enriching your soul?

  • Do you choose a denominational event hoping to make connections and attend practical workshops?
  • Do you seek enrichment in a specific area of spiritual or professional development?
  • Do you look for theologians and artists you admire?

HH and I chose Wild Goose this summer – not just for the amazing line-up – but also for the creative interactions with people beyond our tradition and perspective.  We’ll report on how it goes.

But I’d like to hear from you.  Have you attended a church/spiritual conference this summer or do you plan to attend a conference?  And why did you choose this event over all others?

Image is art from Wild Goose.  The Indigo Girls will be singing to our heart’s delight.  

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One response to “Which Conference and Why?

  1. Mostly I choose the conference based on my interest and who I know that will be there.

    This summer I went to Synod School (Synod of the Lakes and Prairies) basically because I wanted to make a good impression on some members that swore by it. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I noticed that it was one of the few conferences where you have intergenerational interaction and programming. Maybe Big Tent has that? The folks I follow that tweeted made it sound fun.

    My wife and I went to Wild Goose West last year and had a blast we loved all the different offerings, the laid back nature, and the conversations.

    Regardless of what conference I pick, for me it’s all about the conversations outside the scheduled time and the relationships and connections made in those times.

    Have fun at Wild Goose.

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