Big Event 8.0 – Transforming Conflict in the Church
February 9-14, 2015
Carnival Fascination – Jacksonville, Florida


Karen Nell Smith
Karen Nell Smith

The Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, United Church of Christ pastor, Program Director of the Brookfield Institute and a Senior Consultant with Kagan Associates.

Karen Nell is a highly skilled facilitator with over 25 years of experience who specializes in moving groups through situations of conflict to productive outcomes and creative opportunities. Karen Nell co-created “Walking in the Way,” a program of conflict transformation and peace-building for communities of faith throughout New England. In addition to her consulting work, Karen Nell is a part-time pastor serving the Congregational Church of Christ, UCC, in North Leominster, Massachusetts.


BE 8.0 will take place on a 5 night cruise on Carnival Fascination, departing Jacksonville, FL, on Monday, February 9, and returning Saturday, February 14, 2015. We will have stops at Nassau and Little Stirrup Cay, the Bahamas.

The Big Event will provide 20 Contact Hours (2 CEUs), as well as plentiful time for rest, recreation and “galship.”

Sunset from the Fascination, photo by the Rev. Holly Smith
Sunset from the Fascination, photo by the Rev. Holly Smith


Payment Schedule

We are pleased to announce that the cost will be the same as our last cruise. A shared cabin will be $535 per person for an interior stateroom or $585 per person for oceanview. Email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com to inquire about singles or triples.

A deposit of $125 will be due July 15, 2014. A further $200 will be due September 1 and the balance on November 1. Registration will be limited to 50.

Registration forms will be available soon. Watch for an announcement here! 

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