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2017 Biennial

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:16 am

Now that the 2015 Biennial is "in the books" as Ed put it, I thought I would start a thread for the next one, which will hit close to home. Portland is only a couple hundred miles south of Seattle, readily accessible by Amtrak or Greyhound for us carless ones.

I hope to see a bunch of you there!
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Booked a Room

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:17 am

My brother Graham lives in Portland, and although he is a Presbyterian he has agreed to let me, and Mrs. H. if she wants to come along, stay at his place June 30-July 2, 2017.
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Shorter Biennial?

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:51 pm

This year's Biennial schedule shows registration open from 4 pm Wednesday, and the last item (a tour) at 10 am Monday. Four days (Thursday through Sunday) are chock full of events. Anybody know why the 2017 Biennial is only scheduled for 3 days (June 30 to July 2) as far as I can tell?
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:09 pm

I gather the official beginning of the Biennial was Friday night, the Thursday and Friday (and maybe even Wednesday, though not on the schedule) stuff was extracurricular. So there'll probably be more than 3 days' worth in Portland, too.
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Re: Booked a Room

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:32 pm

Haruo wrote:My brother Graham lives in Portland, and although he is a Presbyterian he has agreed to let me, and Mrs. H. if she wants to come along, stay at his place June 30-July 2, 2017.


Good thing he was predestined to do so. :wink:
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:01 pm

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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Ed Pettibone » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:52 pm

Ed: Hauro, I am aware that the distance from Seatle to Portland is significant (173.10 city center to city center, according to Map Quest). 61 years ago I hitchhiked it on the Saturday before mothers day. I was waiting to ship out from Ft. Lewis, Wa. to Korea so I went down to visit one of our former pastors and his family. After Lunch they wouldn't let me hitchhike back to Seattle and bought me a bus ticket. We shipped out on Tuesday. For the most part, the 4 days prior to opening of the Biennial consist of meetings of the General Board and the boards of ancillary entities of the ABC-USA. and are mainly open to others by invitation. A few are open to all, but I would need to do some research to know which are which. A site feature that is setup each year is the "Hall of Ministries" where Denominational entities such as Judson Press ect;, also individuals set up to promote the wares and services of their personal ministries. Colleges, Seminaries and Camping programs are also represented.

I was disappointed that the Young Pastors preaching Festival and the Authors signing at the Judson Press display where at the same time. I did see Bill Leonard latter in the day. At the ABC Historical Society Breakfast Yesterday Morning we did hear Marilyn Fardig Whitley the author of a book titled The Life of Isabel Crawford do a verbal synopsis of Miss Crawford's life and ministry to Kiowa Indians. I am sure David Flick will want to read this account. This is a brand new book published By Pickwick Press, of Portland Oregon, in fact Mrs. Whitely has not seen the finished product until a case of them arrived at the Overland Park Convention Center on Saturday. I bought a copy and Trudy has been reading it as we drove to Springfield Illinois today. I will start on it when I finish this post. Yes I had Mrs. Whitely sign my copy.

We will head for Fort Wayne Indiana, tomorrow, for the sake of nostalgia.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Haruo » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:45 pm

Ed, it would be great if you and Trudy could make it out to PDX two years from now! I certainly will be there, barring unforeseencalamity .
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:59 pm

Haruo wrote:Ed, it would be great if you and Trudy could make it out to PDX two years from now! I certainly will be there, barring unforeseen calamity .


I would like to be there but the distance is a drawback. If the CBF meeting is closer we will probably do it. We have missed the last two CBF assemblies for ABC events. I would like to see another combined or over lapping meeting like the DC meetings some years ago.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:39 pm

Ed Pettibone wrote:I would like to be there but the distance is a drawback. If the CBF meeting is closer we will probably do it. We have missed the last two CBF assemblies for ABC events. I would like to see another combined or over lapping meeting like the DC meetings some years ago.


I don't suppose there is any talk any more of an ABC and CBF merger?
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:41 pm

Timothy Bonney wrote:
Ed Pettibone wrote:I would like to be there but the distance is a drawback. If the CBF meeting is closer we will probably do it. We have missed the last two CBF assemblies for ABC events. I would like to see another combined or over lapping meeting like the DC meetings some years ago.


I don't suppose there is any talk any more of an ABC and CBF merger?


Ed: And why would you suppose that? In reality I am not sure their has ever been any such "official talk". What ever their was, I don't think Merger was a part of it, a plan for mutual support perhaps. I do not know if Roy was at the CBF meeting in Texas the week before last but I was disappointed that Suzie was not at the ABC Meeting.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:47 pm

Jeez, you are touchy today Ed. I just asked a question. Maybe you should chill a little bit.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:56 pm

Timothy Bonney wrote:Jeez, you are touchy today Ed. I just asked a question. Maybe you should chill a little bit.


Tim you often accuse me of not understanding you and this time I did not and simply asked what prompted you to write " I don't suppose there is any talk any more of an ABC and CBF merger? " My additional comments were to suggest to others why I do not understand your supposition. But I do think, you are considerably too young and inexperienced to suggest on the basis of my reply, that I should chill.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:35 pm

ROTFL Ed. You have to be older than dirt to tell a 51 year old pastor who has been pastoring for more than 25 years that I'm too young and inexperienced. Wow. Seriously.

Thanks for the laugh Ed.
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Re: 2017 Biennial

Postby Ed Pettibone » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:25 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:ROTFL Ed. You have to be older than dirt to tell a 51 year old pastor who has been pastoring for more than 25 years that I'm too young and inexperienced. Wow. Seriously.

Thanks for the laugh Ed.


Ed: Tim at 81, I have thirty years on you. Have attended three baptist colleges and one Baptist Seminary when it was still in the top tier of Baptist Institutions. Did graduate studies in counseling at two state universities (IUPUI) and Kent State also on campus at Purdue. I have worked in a factory (GE), been in the Military (ARMY), wile in college I sold encyclopedias, Fuller Brush products and Cemetery property door to door, and in the personnel office of a 600 bed hospital. After college I Worked many years in social services (a county welfare department, State employment service - Local office Programs for "the Economically Disadvantaged and State Administrative office. On site vocational counselor In the ES/Flanner House E&D education program and at the Indianapolis Skills Center. Statewide Monitor of OJT training, Flied Supervisor For the northern half of Indiana under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act with 9 employment specialist under my charge. Served a year as President of the Indiana chapter of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security and served on national Veterans services committee) . After retiring at 50 I moved to Florida and worked in a facility for the care and treatment of the full range of mentally disabled young men who had been adjudicated as guilty of violent crimes. And Later I worked on the crises unit of the Lee County Mental Health treatment facility. I have not only sat in the pews of 17 Baptist Churches where I have held membership in 9 states but have served as Training Union Director in two and SS superintendent in three. A Deacon in Four. Sunday School teacher at all grade and age levels above nursery. Over a period of 58 years, including what is now 13 years as a Pastors husband. I was also a janitor at FBC in Fort Myers Florida for a short while before returning to seminary at the age of 54. My eldest son is a military retiree your age, a nominal Christian and is employed in quality control in a plant making wiring harnesses for aircraft. The younger son 35 is an Agnostic, movie actor, independent camera man and producer of Horror films. I had a daughter who committed suicide at 18 during her freshman year at a state university. My first wife is deceased. In January Trudy and I will have been Married for 25 Years during that time she has completed three academic degrees and had three books published. We a have a blended family of 4 sons 2 daughters 7 grand children and 4 great grand children. I have attended five ABC-USA Biennials and at least 10 CBF national assemblies and 3 Southern Baptist Conventions. We have attended four meetings of the America Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, when they where together, plus one international meeting of the SBL in Switzerland.

BTW, I bought a Subaru in 2013, partially on your recommendation, just finished a 4500+ mile trip and love it, also did a nearly 3,000 mile trip two years ago also to Kansas City and on to Grenville NC, for both ABC and CBF meetings. Thanks.
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