The second annual BIG I Conference for Inclusive Theology, Spirituality and Consciousness takes place in February 1-3, 2013 back at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.  It is designed to be a TED-style format to highlight “the best” in interfaith, interspirituality and integral spirituality ideas and vision.  Dialogue with clergy and lay members of interfaith organizations and communities in a collaborative environment for visioning the future of human spirituality. Tentative speakers include:Speakers list for the BIG I Conference 2013 …

THEME: “Building Community with Spiritual Vision”Co-hosts: Rabbi Dr. Rami Shapiro OUnI
Rev. Tim Miner OUnI M.Div

TENTATIVE Speakers: (*** highlights known “interspirituality” topics)

***Rabbi Dr. Rami Shapiro OUnI
Author and Professor of World Religions, Middle Tennessee State University
“Five Questions: Deepening Interfaith Conversation”

***Adam Bucko
Interspiritual educator
“The New Monasticism”

***Rev. Dr. Kurt Johnson CMH
Author of “The Coming Interspiritual Age”
“The Coming Interspiritual Age”

Rev. Paul Chaffee
Retired Clergy and editor of “The Interfaith Observer”
“The First Interfaith Community in the United States”

Rev.  Dr. Tom Thresher ISN
UCC Minister and Author of “Reverent Irreverence: Integral Church for the 21st Century”
“Building Integral Community”

Cindy Wigglesworth
Integral speaker and coach
“Integral Unity Community”

Paul McKenna
Interfaith Outreach, Scarboro Missions, Toronto Canada
“The Golden Rule and Interfaith Dialogue”

Honna Eicher
Executive Director, State of Formation
“State of Formation”

Rev Jo Ann Barrett
Chair, Board of Directors, Council of Interfaith Communities of the United States
“Building Interfaith Communities”

Rev. Dr. Andrea Matthews
American Institute of Holistic Theology
“Creating an Interfaith Theology”

Dr. Sonya L. Jones
Professor of World Religions, U of Kentucky
“Interfaith Perspective of Divine Energy”

Rev. Frances Bagdasarian OUnI  M.Div. MPS RN
Chair, OUnI Energy Chaplaincy Committee
“Energy Work and the New Chaplaincy”

***Rev. Kathy S. Gracenin OUnI MFA
Director, Chalice of the Heart
“Bodies in Motion: Sacred Dance”

Rev. Jay Speights OUnI
Director, The New Seminary
“Interfaith Co-Worship”

***Rev. Diane Berke
Director, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

Rev. Karen Baldwin
American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa
“A Jouney with the Zulu”

***Rev. T.S. Pennington OUnI cmh
Community of The Mystic Heart
“Interspirituality and the Five Sphere of Interconnectedness”

Call for lodging at the center for $50/night.  The venue is the Scarritt-Bennett Center. Official events begin at 3 pm on Friday with the last session ending at noon on Sunday.  The conference fee will be $160 before 1 January and $180 in 2013 which includes all meals. The room charge is $50 per night plus tax–make your reservations directly at the lodge: Tel: (615) 340-7500 Toll-free: 1.866.420.5486. Get a 5% discount for American Airlines airfare at and 5-15% discount at AVIS car rental. Both reservations use the code: 2713BZ (30 January – 6 February 2013). Registration begins online by 1 December for $160 uptil 1 January and then the fee is $180.  The fee includes all meals.