The dates for our next North American staff conference are: June 25-28, 2014.
The location is: Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire
(Conference fee, program and other details will be announced in the coming months. We will register online for this conference.)
The Franklin Pierce University (FPU), located in the town of Rindge in southwestern New Hampshire, is named after the only U.S. President from that state. The university was founded in 1962 and has about 1,300 students. Its location is very scenic, situated on Pearly Lake, with the beautiful Mount Monadnock in view. Mount Monadnock has long been known as one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau famously wrote about it. It is about a 30-minute drive from campus to the mountain, and on a moderate trail it takes about 4 hours round trip to climb it.
After receiving proposals from over 25 campuses around the country, FPU was selected because it was one of the cheapest and most beautiful. In future years our North American staff conference will move to various areas around North America so that we can visit the area and pray for the campuses and ministries there.
* Please try to arrive at the campus after dinner on Wednesday, June 25th; no dinner will be served that evening. The staff conference fee will include a three-nights' stay on campus (Wed. through Friday nights) and two-and-a-half days' meals (breakfast through dinner Thursday and Friday, and breakfast and lunch Saturday). The conference program will begin after breakfast on Thursday morning and will end before lunch on Saturday. Again: staff are encouraged to check into their rooms on Wednesday evening, but there will be no program that evening.
The Manchester, New Hampshire airport is about a 1-hour drive from the FPU campus. Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways fly to this airport.
The Logan International Airport at Boston is about a 1.5 hour drive from the FPU campus. Most airlines fly to this airport.
We are in the process of developing a shuttle service to and from the campus from these airports and will keep you posted as soon as we know the details.
The Boston-area UBF chapters have agreed to have a united worship service on Sunday, June 29th after the staff conference. Staff who are interested can join this service. When you register online for the conference, you will be able to indicate whether or not you'd like to attend.
We're also looking into planning a tour of religiously significant historical sites in the Boston area on Saturday after the staff conference for those interested. Details to follow later.
Our North American staff conferences have been held for many years in February. But in August 2013 our senior staff decided to move our staff conference dates from February to the end of June.
The main reason for the change is so that staff won't have to leave their local Bible teaching ministry while college students are on campus. Because a number of our staff are college professors, high school teachers or researchers who find it difficult to travel in February, the end of June was chosen as the most optimal time. Because most of our children are out of school at the end of June, staff wives also may find it a better time to attend.
The main focus of our North American staff conference will be staff education. We also will find direction and pray for our new school year ministries that begin in August/September. All chapter leaders and their wives, as well as new staff candidates (upon approval), are welcome to attend.
We will meet in regional staff meetings at the beginning of January, but our all-together North American staff meetings will be at the end of June from now on.
In the future we plan on moving our staff conference to different locations around North America so that we can visit various campuses and ministries and encourage one another.
Please pray for this important event. May God richly bless you, your family and ministry.