Monday, November 27, 2006

Soularize 2007

If you're not familiar with Spencer Burke and his creation,, you should be. Spencer has been and continues to be one of the most provocative voices in the emerging church conversation, and especially in challenging institutional Christianity. TheOoze, has likewise become the single most influential website in the emerging church; a clearing house, if you will of emergent thought and conversation. It now draws over 250,000 visitors per month!

For years now Spencer has been hosting annual Soularize conferences, what he calls "learning parties". This year's learning party will be especially fun, set as it is in the Bahamas! Spencer asked me to let you all know about it and encourage you to attend. The best part is that you don't have to wait till next fall for the party to begin. The journey actually begins now, through private message boards and live conference calls with a special learning group between now and October.

Anyhow, below is the official information that you can also access at the Soularize website:

Soularize 2007
A 3-day Learning Party in the Bahamas with your host Spencer Burke
Featuring N. T. Wright, Rita Nakashima Brock, and Fr. Richard Rohr
October 25-27, 2007

Why cram all your learning into a three-day conference, when you could embark on a yearlong learning journey – building lasting relationships and celebrating our collaborative journey in Nassau, Bahamas?

Join us as we gather TheOOZE global community for a learning experience that will truly be one of a kind. Taking the best of both Soularize and ETREK, Soularize 2007 will be an online learning journey culminating with a three-day learning party in Nassau, Bahamas. Soularize 2007 will be bringing together both prominent and innovative voices in re-imagining Church for an online and offline dialogue in the first person.

Yearlong Online Learning Journey

As a part of the journey, you will join a learning group facilitated by some of the guiding voices from TheOOZE global community. Through a series of live conference calls, your group will interact with some of the freshest thinkers and practitioners in the Church, the marketplace, and the arts on issues facing culture and the Church. You will not only interact with our conference calls guests through the live calls; you will also get to dialogue with them and others in the learning community through private message boards.

The online learning journey will launch live on November 15, 2006 and lead up to the learning party in the Bahamas in October 2007. You can join the journey at any time along the process, accessing past learnings through the Soularize 2007 archived mp3s.

Learning Party in the Bahamas
This yearlong learning journey will conclude with a unique celebration in Nassau, Bahamas with your party host Spencer Burke where you will get to interact in person with keynote presenters, Rita Nakashima Brock, and Fr. Richard Rohr. You will also have the opportunity to explore the island culture and art scene, take an excursion to a private island, and swim with sharks [literally] – all while celebrating the collaborative learning journey by hearing from other learning groups. The learning party will take place in Nassau, Bahamas on October 25-27, 2007.

Come and lend your voice, your experience, and your dreams as we explore the Evolving Church – rethinking and rediscovering what the Church could be in years ahead.

Early Reg. $199 before Dec. 31, 06
Regular Reg. $249 on or after January 1, 2007

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