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King University News :: Registration Open for Third Annual BuechnerFest

BuechnerFest to be held at Queens University Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 3, 2014 – The Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King University will be hosting the third annual BuechnerFest at Queens University and Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., May 29-31, 2014. BuechnerFest will feature an enjoyable three days of engagement with the work of the award-winning writer and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Buechner and his work in a stimulating setting with a group of like-minded folks,” said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute and chair of the English department at King University.  “We are really excited about the possibilities of this event and grateful for the remarkable guests who will be involved.”

The symposium offers something for both long-time readers of Buechner and people who may have never read Buechner, but are interested in conversations that center on contemporary issues related to faith and culture.

The daily schedule of BuechnerFest will feature presentations, discussions, and opportunities for taking in the local landscape. “We have put together a kind of thoughtful vacation for those who would enjoy reading, talking, and celebrating a few days of challenge and relaxation,” said Brown.

The Institute will be branching out this year to include sessions devoted to the ways in which Fred Buechner’s work has influenced others. Novelist Doug Worgul and poet Tony Abbott will talk about how Buechner has motivated their own thinking and writing. Others will lead discussions on Buechner’s memoirs, novels, and essays. A dramatic presentation, “The Birth,” will be featured on Friday evening, and singer/songwriter John McCutcheon will wrap up the event on Saturday evening. Both of these events will be free and open to the public.

Other leading presenters will include several members of the Buechner Institute National Advisory Board including Tony Abbott, Dale Brown, Jennifer Holberg, Gary Hudson, and Janet Sargeant.

“This is a way to keep Fred’s work in the foreground and to let people know what we are up to at the Buechner Institute. Members of our regional, national, and student boards will direct the three days of conversation and merriment. We think this will be our best Fest ever, and we are grateful to our team in Charlotte for their work on this edition,” Brown said.

Registration for the event is $125, $75 for senior citizens (65 and over), and $50 for students. Housing is available at Queens University at a rate of $40 for a single room and $60 for a double room. Rooms are standard dorm rooms with shared facilities. The deadline for requesting housing on Queens’ campus is May 1. Other hotels nearby are offering special Buechnerfest rates.

For registration information and event itinerary for BuechnerFest, visit or contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or


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