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Friday, May 12, 2006

Friday Five

1. Describe a memorable conference, retreat, workshop, or convention you've attended.

When I was in college (undergrad), I was on the United Methodist Student Movement's National Steering Committee. I always loved going to the national gathering, called Student Forum. There were college students there from all over, and by the time my tenure was over, there had been a lot of changes at Forum that showed great hope for the future of the church. Not only was the church (according to our group) becoming more inclusive and loving, but also the legislative committee had done fabulous work on building a consensus model. The whole national meeting was done by consensus, not vote! AND IT WORKED!!!!!!! (Yes, it CAN be done.) I really enjoyed my time there and hope that all those folks do become leaders in the denomination. What a great place the church would become if some of those college visions became reality in the "grown up" world!

2. Tell us about a memorable speaker or preacher you've heard.

I really enjoyed getting to hear Desmond Tutu. I also got to meet him, and was even more impressed. His words and sermon were wonderful, but the thing I couldn't get over was how gracious this man was to everyone he met. He did things like hold the door open for folks, wait in line with everyone else for lunch when he was the special guest speaker, and personally thank with a handshake and a smile each person who served him or helped him in any way. These are simple things, but oftentimes I have seen "famous speakers" let the fame go to their heads. Not so with my experience of Desmond Tutu! Neat Guy.

3. Do you attend scheduled events, or play hooky? If the latter, what do you do with your free time?

It depends on the conference. Generally speaking, if I am REQUIRED to be there, I usually take as many opportunities for extra (away) activities as possible. If I am going because it is something I am specifically interested in, I tend to try to make it to as much as I can.
In the former, what I do with my free time varies with time available and location. Sometimes I go out to eat with folks. Sometimes I sit on a bench and talk to a good friend, or a person I want to become a good friend. Sometimes, I go out and sightsee or just have fun somewhere!

4. Do you like having a roommate, or would you prefer a room to yourself?

Most of the time, I would rather have a room to myself.

5. What is the most exotic location you've conferenced or retreated?

I don't know if I would go with exotic as the adjective....but I really liked the Parliament of World Religions 2004 that was in Barcelona, Spain. (grin)

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