|Belmont University to host men's four-year gathering|
A UMNS Report
By Tom McAnally*
Oct. 19, 2006 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
Belmont University has been chosen as the site
for the 10th national gathering of United Methodist Men.
|A UMNS photo courtesy of Belmont University
10th national gathering of United Methodist Men will be held at the
Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
The United Methodist Commission on United Methodist Men and Belmont
University made the announcement in a media release Oct. 17.
Belmont University is "excited to welcome the United Methodist Men to the
Belmont campus," said Bob Fisher, university president. "Their rich
tradition of faith, fellowship and community fits perfectly at Belmont,
which has been the site of higher education since 1890. Anytime we can
welcome esteemed groups to campus with values similar to Belmont's, we are
honored to do so."
The men's commission, the agency that plans the national gathering, voted
Sept. 16 to move the quadrennial men's conference from Purdue University in
West Lafayette, Ind., to Nashville. Purdue University had been the
gathering's home since 1953.
The commission voted for the change in response to requests for a more
family-friendly locale, better access to an airport or metropolitan area,
and more confined spaces for workshops and other options, instead of having
to walk long distances to participate in gathering events.
Nearly 5,000 men are expected for the July 9-12, 2009, conference at
Belmont University's Curb Event Center, a 90,000-square-foot sports and
entertainment complex that provides facilities for athletics, concerts,
speakers, conferences, dinners and receptions.
The Rev. David Adams, top staff executive of the Commission on United
Methodist Men, is a Belmont graduate.
The Rev. David C. Adams
"It is an honor and privilege to partner with Belmont University for our
10th National Gathering of United Methodist Men," Adams said. "The beauty of
the campus and close proximity of the facilities are ideal for this event,"
Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors
Bureau, is also pleased that the quadrennial meeting of United Methodist Men
is coming to Nashville.
"This announcement is great news for our city. It further solidifies the
great reputation that both Nashville and Belmont have developed over the
last decade," Spyridon said.
"When a group chooses to move after 56 years you are humbled and honored
to be the new destination of choice. Congrats and 'thanks' to Belmont and
'welcome' to the United Methodist Men's conference."
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