the convention is going so well – i’m just ecstatic. it’s amazing how often we’re hearing (particularly from denominational leaders) how tired they are of american showing up with their schtick, but not humbly listening or working to include canadians, and how this event has been so different from that. this kind of input is so deeply satisfying to receive, as it was one of our deepest hopes, that we could accomplish a truly canadian event, with canadian speakers and input and control, but combined with the stuff ys could bring to serve.
today, we had a lunch with 20-plus denominational leaders to get their input on how they think it’s been going, whether or not they’ve been able to experience the relational connection with youth workers from their own denomination (which is important, since many of them cancelled their own denom youth worker gatherings to support this event), and what their input is for the future. there was an absolutely amazing spirit of appreciation, as well as honest input about needing to be a bit more proactive about creating specific space for denom gatherings. there was also unanimous support and desire of doing another event, and a strong consensus that it needs to be in toronto next year. we need to work to figure out how to make this a win-win for those events that already exist in toronto, to include them as partners and make sure our event doesn’t hurt them and their pre-existing efforts to resource and train youth workers. so, toronto in 08 looks likely, but we have a few more bridges to cross before it would be official.
i’ve done my critical concerns course and one seminar so far. i have another seminar tomorrow morning, and then my closing session talk tomorrow late afternoon. i’m tired, but deeply content.