The first day at any large meeting is all about making connections and this is even more true for a gathering such as General Council. Connections with the strangers who welcomed us in red shirts. Connections with folk from across the Church that had not been seen in years. Connections in a long line of folk waiting in line to enter a residence hall. Connections with a mob of people huddled in a tunnel waiting out a thunder shower. Connections with friends of friends and sometimes friends of friends of friends... and connections with folk who will soon be friends... as this event brings people into a shared experience where safe community is created allowing for the presence of the Spirit.
|Waiting for the elevator...|
Following a run through a thunder shower with a brief interlude huddled in a tunnel and supper eaten with a crowd of similarly soaked people we returned to the "Raven's Nest" where we shared in worship.
The liturgical dance sought to visually illustrate the movement of the Spirit as depicted in the logo for the 41st General Council - and succeed in connecting and including a wide variety of folk.
My day ended at 10PM when I crawled into bed and promptly fell asleep...
On the Sabbath Road...