WHAT IS BE NOT AFRAID, AND WHY?
March 16, 2020: Last week I hosted a birthday party for my two toddlers. As the kids frolicked outside in the beautiful sunshine, talk among the parents turned to coronavirus. It sounded other-wordly: Broadway shows closing, schools cancelled, and nursing homes shutting off visitors. The next day, my speaking engagements for the rest of the month were cancelled. A national state of emergency was declared. Grocery stores were out of butter, cheese, and toilet paper. What's going to happen? What's this elbow bump thing?
On Sunday our church was half-empty and people were spaced as far from each other as possible. The mood was cautious and fearful. I knew we were lucky even to be able to have mass. Many friends on social media lamented not being able to receive the Eucharist, and heartbreaking stories from Italy were heavy on my heart. I asked the Holy Spirit, What more can I do?
And, as the Holy Spirit does, he dropped a crazy, insane, amazing idea into my head. An online conference for all those who are anxious, afraid, bored, spiritually starving, or isolated. An opportunity to turn isolation into a fruitful retreat. Building deeper trust in God instead of a Netflix binge. A chance to grow spiritually this Lent, even for those without mass. Start now, the Holy Spirit said. Don't wait. Start this week. Within an hour I had it planned out in my head.
After mass I asked John and he said, "Do it babe!" So I began to reach out to everyone I know. Within a few hours, a number of top speakers had committed to providing talks. More keep coming in hourly. Y'all, the Holy Spirit is doing something epic here.
March 23, 2020: The Be Not Afraid Tribe is over 11,000 souls strong! It's UNREAL how fast God moves in hard times. Come Holy Spirit!
How long does BNA run, and what do I get when I join?
Be Not Afraid runs for 30 days starting 3.20.2020. You can join any time, and those who join later will be given access to all earlier material. When you opt in, you'll receive a daily email with an inspiring video help you KICK THE DEVIL IN THE FACE.
We're also livestreaming adoration, the rosary, Q&A's, and other great stuff! Scroll down for livestream schedule.
You can also access the virtual exhibit hall for Catholic makers through the links in each day's email.
When do I watch, and what does it cost?
BNA is self-paced, meaning you can watch any time through the link you'll receive in your email each day. Admission is either pay-as-you-wish or free. All speakers are giving their time and talent with no promise of monetary compensation- just giving out of the goodness of their hearts. I'd love to generously compensate them, but if you're not in a position to give, PLEASE still join. We want you here.
Can I join after the conference has started?
YES! Opt in any time. Newcomers will be given access to all previous materials so you don't miss anything.
Who is Be Not Afraid for?
EVERYONE. We all have fear in common right now, and I know there will be something in this massive collaboration for everyone.
Are you ready? Join the Be Not Afraid Conference today. I can't wait to see you on the inside!
P.S. Since this is a spur-of-the-moment initiative, can I count on you to help spread the word? Forward this page to family and friends via email. Come find me on social media @staceysumereau and share my promotional posts on your account. Text people the link. Thank you in advance, friend, for being a channel of the Holy Spirit for those who need it.
MEET OUR AMAZING SPEAKERS AND MUSICIANS
Stacey Sumereau. Jackie Francois Angel. Bobby Angel. Mary Lenaburg. Leah Darrow. Fr. Rob Galea. Fr. Jared Cooke. Sr. Miriam James Heidland. Heather Khym. Michelle Benzinger. Liv Harrison. Ashley Dean. Fr. Barry Braum. Ali Hoffman. Johnny Philp. Maria Abbe. Melissa Grace Tablada. Kathryn Whitaker. Nick Dela Torre. Alina Dela Torre. Katie Prejean McGrady. Mike Tenney. Lauren Montgomery. Allison Sullivan. Fr. Stephen Gadberry. Joshua Mazrin. Annie Deddens. Joe Melendrez. Melissa Davies. Stephen Davies. Lindsay Schlegel. Taylor Schroll. Kelsey Skoch. Emily Stimpson Chapman. Marie Miller. Meg Hunter-Kilmer. Hannah Schaefer. Shannon Wendt. Mary Bielski. Josh Angrisano. Giancarlo Bernini. Ben Walther.
Come, Holy Spirit!
The speakers and I are most grateful for any amount you feel called to contribute!
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SAT APRIL 4 9pm EST: Fr. Jared Cooke and the Vigil Project- Palm Sunday Eve Adoration
SUN APRIL 5 9pm: Fr. Bjorn Lundberg- Palm Sunday Adoration
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