Arrangements & FAQ
Location and Transportation
The Gathering will be held in St. Paul, MN at Concordia University(view a campus map), a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university founded in 1893, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is located in the Midway area between and less than 10 minutes from each of the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, very close to the Snelling Avenue (Eastbound) or Hamiline Avenue (Westbound) exits on I-94, just five blocks south of the Hamline Avenue Station on the Metro Green Line, and even closer to several bus lines. Metrotransit ($1.75 non-rush hour, or $2.25 rush hour, transfers free between all bus and rail lines) has excellent connections to the area; you can plan your trip at http://metrotransit.org or http://maps.google.com. The address is 312 Hamline Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104; those driving can enter off of Hamline Avenue and park in lot B.
Concordia is 7.8mi (about 15 minutes by car, or about 45 minutes by Metrotransit) from MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Amtrak stops at Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, about 4 miles away, where you can catch the Metro Green Line to campus.
Metro transit to/from the airport is not difficult, but has an unusual change of trains. In the airport take escalators down from baggage claim to cross under the roadway, then an airport tram to the airport light rail station deep in the basement. Take any blue line train toward downtown Minneapolis. At the Downtown East Station, exit the train and cross over to the other platform to board any Green Line train going the opposite direction to head toward St. Paul. At the Hamline Avenue Station, walk South (past Target) about five blocks to campus.
If you’d like to share a ride back to the airport after the conference ends, meet at the registration desk Sunday 6/28 fifteen minutes after the closing liturgy.
Upon arrival, check in at the registration table in Pearson Commons (number 21 on the map) to get your room key/room assignment and name badge. Registration is open Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, and Saturday 7:00 am - 1:30 pm. If you arrive outside of these hours, please call 651-587-3016 for assistance.The address is 312 Hamline Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104; enter off of Hamline Avenue, park in lot B, and follow the signs to the main entrance.
Campus Apartment ($45/bed/night) is one twin bed in your own bedroom in a four bedroom apartment with two baths.
Campus Paired Room ($28/bed/night) has two twin beds with bathroom and shower shared with one another room. Paired rooms are in three-story building with entry steps and no ramp or elevator.
Campus Dormitory room ($28/bed/night) has two twin beds with common bathroom and showers down the hall.
The campus housing beds have sheets and towels, soap and shampoo, but no alarm clock (bring an alarm or your phone).
Home stay ($0) is your own bedroom in a private home. You and your host can discuss and approve the arrangements. The host can provide transportation to the Gathering.
If you can offer a home stay, describe your capacity and environment when registering and we'll contact you before assigning any guests to you.
We are not recommending any hotels near campus because there there are few close by; however the University is in the center of the metropolitan area so there are hundreds of good choices in reach of driving or transit.
All of the meeting venues though not all of the accommodations are handicapped-accessible -- Campus Paired Rooms are not ADA accessible. Please let us know when you register if you have special needs, which we will accommodate as much as possible.
Your registration includes meals for the time we are together, provided in the University cafeteria or with box lunches. We will not be providing snacks other than coffee, tea, and water at breaks. We will make plans for diabetic, vegetarian (ovo/lacto), vegan, or gluten free foods on request when you register. Other requirements are unlikely to be met; let us know when you register and we will find out.
To save cost and the environment, we are not planning to print a program or booklet for the conference, so shortly before you come to the Gathering, print out the Schedule and Sessions and Speakers pages from the web site. We'll have a limited number of copies for a small fee at the Gathering, in case you forget.
Registration for the Gathering will be $150 through April 15. Beginning April 16 it will be $175, and beginning June 1 it will be $200. Your registration includes meals.
The Pre-Gathering on Social Justice June 26 costs an additional $50. After covering transportation and lunch costs, most of that will be donated to the nonprofit organizations we will be serving or learning from.
Please register online. When you register you will be directed to Paypal to make payment with your credit card or bank account. If you wish to pay by check, you can close the Paypal window when it appears, print out the confirmation email you receive from us, and mail it with your check to "IEC Gathering" P.O. Box 18273, Minneapolis MN 55418-0273, postmarked before the date the next rate change (April 15 or May 31). Registration is not confirmed until you have paid.
Cancellation is refundable before May 31 subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 31 though you may transfer your registration to someone else.
Concert to End Homelessness
On Thursday June 25, not part of the Gathering but a recommended pre-Gathering activity! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
7:00pm-9:00 pm Concert to End Homelessness, a benefit for St. Stephen's Human Sevices
Featuring David Haas, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, and Marty Haugen
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122