I was offline this week traveling from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Charleston, West Virginia, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Phoenix, Arizona to hang out with the Methodist, the Lutherans, and the evangelicals. So today’s superlatives go to the most memorable experiences from the week. Feel free to share your picks from the blogosphere in the comment section.
Yours Truly with six days of travel crammed into one backpack and a purse
Delta pilot in Chattanooga with “Take a look at that windsock! This should be exciting!”
Members of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church Clergy School who opened their first session dancing to “Happy”
Rev. Telley Gadson on 1 Corinthians 13 at the West Virginia Conference UMC Clergy School (if I can get my hands on the sermon itself, I will share it!)
Funniest Crew Member:
Delta flight attendant with “If you haven’t been in a moving vehicle since 1985, here’s how you fasten your seat belt.”
Good Earth Village in in Spring Valley Minnesota with FALL
Talking about the sacraments of baptism, confession, communion and anointing of the sick with Lutheran (ELCA) clergy in Minnesota. I loved these people and learned so much.
Upgraded to first class! Free access to blankets, water, and smug.— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) October 15, 2014
Participants at the Barefoot Tribe Conference at The Grove in Phoenix whose warm welcome will not soon be forgotten
Artist Scott Erickson created this as I spoke about gender equality at Barefoot Tribes
When the people of The Grove church shared how they took this post and brought it to life by holding a great feast for more than 675 people at one table!
In spending time with Christians from a variety of church traditions this week, I was reminded of the degree to which theological and ecclesiological diversity strengthens the Body of Christ. It was especially encouraging to talk about the sacraments (the topic of my next book) with groups that express those sacraments in different ways. I learned a lot and I felt like I contributed a lot too, which is the best way to feel after a trip like this one. Thanks to everyone who instructed me, listened to me, encouraged me, and fed me this week. I came home feeling tired but grateful.
So, what did I miss online this week? Share your favorite links in the comments and I’ll catch up!
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