The 2013 edition of the Big Tent event claims front-cover status this week. At least in number, however, Big Tent’s nearly 1,500 mostly adult participants come in a distant second place to the more than 5,200 mostly teenage participants who met in this year’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium, held July 16-20 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
A collaborative effort between the PC(USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Triennium is held every three years. Attendees are high school age youth from around the country, plus a number of international partners.
On the Monday night preceding this year’s Triennium, speaking to the volunteers who would lead the youth throughout the next few days, Mark Yaconelli, author of “Contemplative Youth Ministry,” encouraged the leaders to support a week of “holy mischief.” He urged leaders to help kids be free and to remind them, “you’re here because someone loved you into the faith.”