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Heading to Dallas in '08 ...

A brief hiatus from my Festival of Homiletics blogging to share my good news - today at our Annual Conference, I was elected as a clergy delegate to General Conference 2008! I'm very excited. I'm a United Methodist nerd, and although General Conference 2000 was one of the most gut-wrenchingly hard times of my life, it was also strangely one of the best and certainly most - memorable? life-changing? moving? - experiences of my life. So thank you to my clergy colleagues who are sending me to General Conference next year. Lots more to say about the Festival, and then lots more to say about Annual Conference, but that's all I have in me tonight. Oh, and also: being ordained last year was awesome, but not being ordained this year - and instead getting to cheer for friends being ordained without the weight of pending ordination on my shoulders - that's a pretty awesome feeling too.

Comments

DogBlogger said…
Looking forward to a Methoblogger meetup there!
gmw said…
Congradulations on election to the GC delegation. In the Texas Annual Conference, we elected two persons under 40, one to jurisdictional conference and one--my brother--as second alternate.

I definitely think a blogger meetup is in order for GC.
DogBlogger said…
Update for you, Beth... I was elected to my conference's lay delegation today. See you there for certain!
Andy B. said…
Congrats on GC.
John said…
That's awesome! Congratulations!

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