It’s travel day…or yesterday was for me. Long, long…long, long…long, long… story short; ask some of the CT delegation how their connection in Chicago went. Two of us ended up taking a bus to Milwaukee four hours after we were supposed to already have arrived. And to add insult to injury, we had to go to the airport because our luggage had made it there and we had not. And as for the others, some could still be in Chicago. If you read Evicted, by our keynote speaker Matthew Desmond, you have ...
The morning brought a buzz that resounded from the lobby of the hotel. I didn’t have anything scheduled for my time this morning but there was still so much to do. It was time to Shine! So, as instructed, I put on my Massachusetts Conference Shine! t-shirt that we were given as delegates and made my way toward the buzz. Some were still arriving, adding to the growing hum of welcome bags, hugs, and shouts of allegiance as Shine! t-shirt after Shine! t-shirt congregated together. Lots of colors ...
My taxi driver and I made a surprising connection this morning en route from the airport. His name was Mustafa and he talked while driving and smiling about all of the great sites to take in here in Milwaukee. We learned about the best cheese puffs, Harleys and the best brews. When I commented that his Middle Eastern accent was familiar to me, Mustafa said he came from Jordan originally. I’d recently returned from an interfaith trip through my church to visit voices of conscience in Palestine, ...
The 8 o’clock hour here in Milwaukee offers a quiet excitement as I sneak by the check-in tables and make my way to the counter for my room key. It’s easy to avert recognition looking like I do after the 5-hour drive – hair in a fallen ponytail, eyes puffy from the thoughts that accompanied me along the way. The excitement was a welcome transition after the ache of the drive just hours after sitting my 11-month-old down at gramma’s house next door in Minnesota, trying to explain mommy’s work in ...
"Our faith as Christians reminds us that for everything there is a season." —Emily McKenna
"There is an easy, sometimes playful energy of collegiality among us that can escalate into laughter or occasionally bring forth a tear. "— Rev. Chuck Ericson
"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply formed."— Karen Ziel
"Faith is more caught than taught." —Debbie Gline Allen
"Sure, I can connect with *more* people online than I can in person, but these connections aren’t very high quality." — Rev. Mary Nelson
"I don’t know about you, but the simpler way isn’t always obvious to me." — Martha Goodman