One of the highlights of this year's event is a Theological Forum. It's geared toward youth workers who don't have theological degrees but are still interested in engaging in theological thinking and discussion (which I would hope would be all of them). The topics were:
- What Does it Mean to Be a Person?
- The Interaction Between Human Action and Divine Action
- Theological Issues Impacting the Christian Formation of Adolescents
- How Do Practical Theology and Culture Interact?
That doesn't really include me, obviously, but I was drawn by the panel members, particularly by Kara Powell and Kenda Creasy Dean.
For once, I was disappointed. But I probably should have guessed that I would be. The information wasn't very practical and it was really a little obtuse. But I got Kara and Kenda to autograph their books, so there you go. And I found out that Kenda is a UMC clergywoman, which I didn't know. She was splendid.
So I bought a few more books (I'm going to have to ship my new library back home because it's not going on the plane with me) and went to rest for a while.
I was headed back down to the Exhibit Hall for more free stuff when, get this...
...I ran into someone I knew!
Well, almost knew.
Gavin and I have been blogging and Facebook friends for about 6 years now, but we've never met in person. And seconds later he introduced me to a colleague of my aunt in Kentucky, and then I found myself walking in a group of 15 people to Ted's Montana Grill for dinner courtesy of the Kentucky Annual Conference! Thanks Becki!
Back at the Exhibit Hall I met another friend, too! I ate with people! And found friends! I feel like I'm in kindergarten all over again!
Tonight there's a United Methodist shindig. How did it take me two days to find the Methodists?