Sunday, December 30, 2007

Book tour, cohort networking opportunity

Speaking of "Everything Must Change," Brian McLaren is taking his book tour/discussion/networking opportunity to 11 cities in the U.S., including Chicago Friday, April 4 to Saturday, April 5 and Kansas City Friday, April 25 to Saturday, April 26.

First United Church of Oak Park is sponsoring the Chicago event. And YouthFront and Jacob’s Well Church are cohosting the Kansas City event.
Here's a link to the main tour site. And here's the schedule, which is essentially the same for all cities:


6 to 7 p.m. -- Reception, art exhibit in digital form, registration and resource center

7 to 9:30 p.m. -- Session 1 with music, drama, prayer, presentation by Brian, and conversation

9:30–10:30 p.m. – Q&A, Book signing, art exhibit in digital form, musical concert


7:29 to 8:19 a.m. -- Conversations over Coffee…first come first serve sign-up on-site:

Church Planters and Emergent Cohort members with Brian and GraceMcLaren: We will dialogue about the church emerging and the importance of co-horts and new church development, as well as share stories and connect with one another.

Faith Community Leaders interested in exploring Deep Shift coaching with Linnea Nilsen Capshaw: We will dialogue about the shifts needed for new and established organizations in this significant time of transition in our world and churches, and connect with one another.

8:30 to 9 a.m. – Art exhibit in digital form, resource center

9 to 10:30 a.m. – Session 2 with Brian and conversation

10:30 to 11 a.m. – Break, resource center

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Session 3 with Brian and local guests

12 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and conversation

1 to 2 p.m. – Session 4, Guided Experience for reflection using art with Linnea

2 to 2:30 p.m. – Break, resource center

2:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Session 5 with Brian, music, prayer, reflection and conversation, worship and invitation

4:15 to 5 p.m. – Resource center, book signing, art exhibit in digital form

The Kansas City gathering will include a chance Sunday afternoon to "Connect This" with all we've learned and experienced at the tour. Tour sponsors, including the Sierra Club, Sojourners and Faith at Work, will be hosting these outings unique to each city, from about 1 to 4 p.m., to create an immediate opportunity for conference participants–with the sense of community that has already been established during the conference–to observe the principles discussed during the tour and how they are inextricably connected to one another…integration and application.

I'm interested in carpooling if anyone else is interested in going to either of those locations (I'm partial to the Kansas City tour) -- email me and let me know, even if you're reading this and aren't formally part of the Eastern Iowa Emergent Cohort.

Apparently we've already missed the 'early bird' sign-up, but we can still get a "just in time" rate of $99. Students can get in for $79 with a student ID. Also, scholarships are available for anyone who can't afford to attend. For more info on that, fire an email off to


nancy said...

hey stephen

ray and i decided that we'd like to offer free housing for the mclaren deal in KC. let us know who is planning to come. we can keep a few people here and other connections too if there are more than we can handle.


nancy said...

oops. that was written while multi-tasking. what i meant to say was that we have other connections for housing if needed.

Stephen said...

Fantastic! Thanks for the offer, Nancy -- and Ray. Very generous. We'll see what kind of interest we get in the meeting. Peace.

Lon said...

Ok, count me in, but only if you throw in a meal at the hole in the wall chinese restaurant down the street ;)

nancy said...

Lon - you're covered! Lucky Dragon it is -