It is time to register for the BIG I Conference 2015 and it is especially important if you want to participate in the OUnI co-ordination/ordination ceremony. The Order of Universal Interfaith has only one hard rule and that is to complete the process of becoming a fully vetted and voting member of the organization that all who apply must go through a public ceremony. The BIG I Conference is a great chance to have that happen.
For the first time, The Big I is heading to the West Coast!!! We’ve planned another collaborative conversation and celebration of inclusive theology, spirituality and consciousness with the overarching theme of ministering to the planet and ourselves through our Interfaith-Interspiritual-Integral-Independent values. We believe that our greatest strength is to produce LEADERS for the future and this conference is designed to do just that.
Punctuating World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Big I 2015 will take place Feb. 6-8, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area (Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA – 20 min south of San Francisco, 10 min from the SFO airport).
This theme is about HEALING: Healing the planet through an evolving eco-ministry presence, healing the gap between the religions of the world, and healing the individuals who are suffering and healing all living beings. How does your calling help the healing in and of this world?
Come taste the great spiritual transformation through eco-ministry happening across this country and around the globe. Gather with fellow seekers as we deepen our understanding of what is happening, why it is happening, and how we can participate and help insure that this is an awakening of spirit that honors all beings. The Big I is a community that prefers questions to creeds, doubt to dogma, and a willingness cross the boundaries separating religion, science, and the arts in order to explore the wisdom of humanity to which each of us is heir. We hope to see you in California in February!
So often in the Big I movement, we are asked to speak from our heads – to define, defend, or demonstrate the why of what we believe, and the how of what we do. Paradoxically, we all know that the what-why-how originates from the heart. At our gathering in February, we envision a time of sharing and growing together more consciously by embodying the Interfaith-InterSpiritual-Integral-Independent Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies.
Big I presentations happen in the “TED Talk” format of 18 minutes, with a period of Q&A to follow. Big I workshops happen in a 1.25 hour format. Beginning Friday afternoon, February 6th and running rough Sunday morning, February 8th the Big I will host a series of presentations and workshops that will prepare us all to be LEADERS of the global eco-consciousness.
What will this look like? LEARN BY DOING a new practice, a ritual, an embodied understanding of another Path that others share with us? LEARN BY HEARING special ideas or best practices that helps us heal or minister to individuals as we connect them to the planet as a spiritual whole. BE MOTIVATED BY VISIONING with panel discussions that helps us present a new idea or further our movement’s contribution to eco-ministry or healing.
Please take the time to register for YOUR place at this critical conference for our entire movement.
Big I Conference planning committee
Rev. Claire Frances Goodman, OUnI;
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, OUnI;
Rev. Tim Miner, OUnI;
Rev. Lauren Van Ham, OUnI representing the Chaplaincy Institute of Berkeley
Please contact the Big I Conference Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.