Barefoot in Phoenix (and my fall speaking schedule)

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

I’ve updated the events page to include my fall 2014 speaking schedule, and as you may have noticed, it’s a bit thinner than in seasons past.  

After speaking at more than seventeen events last spring, which involved catching dozens of flights and a couple of stomach bugs, I made the decision—along with Dan and my speaking agent Jim—to cut back on travel this fall. Some writers love “life on the road” and thrive on the challenge of speaking to a new group in a new city every day. Others find themselves eating too many carbohydrates and seriously questioning whether man is intended for flight.  I fall into the latter camp. 

So as much as I love meeting you guys in person, I’m scaling back a bit, at least for a while, so I can rest and write. 

That said, I’m really looking forward to the events on the schedule this year, which will take me to West Virginia, Minnesota, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama...and at a much more relaxed pace. 

Today I want to draw your attention to the Barefoot Tribe Gathering in Phoenix, October 16-18, which is now registering participants.  The purpose of the Barefoot Tribe Gathering is to promote conversation and collaboration among Christians working for justice in their communities and around the world.  I’m thrilled to be speaking alongside some of my favorite people, including Bob Goff, Becca Stevens, Dr. John Perkins, Erwin McManus, Jenny Yang, and Lindsey Nobles. You can register here. 

Other events I’ll be sharing more about in the weeks to come include: 

Tuesday, October 14 – Wednesday, October 15
West Virginia Annual Conference (UMC) Clergy School 
Charleston, West Virginia 
More Info 

Thursday, October 16
Good Earth Village Launch Project 
Spring Valley, Minnesota 
More Info 

Friday, October 17
Barefoot Tribe Gathering 
Phoenix, Arizona
More Info

Saturday, October 25
ISU Wesley Imagine What’s Next Mini-Conference 
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois 
More Info

Friday, November 7
Ohio Wesleyan University Love Across the Spectrum Event 
Delaware, Ohio 
More Info

Friday, November 14 – Saturday, November 15
North Georgia Conference (UMC) Young Adult Retreat 
Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, Dahlonega, Georgia 
More Info  

Sunday, November 16
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Birmingham, AL
More Info 

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