max just posted his 10 favorite things about the sacramento nywc. pretty funny list, and likely very different than most peoples’ experience of the convention!
man, i haven’t had time to blog! crazy.
yesterday was the official day 1 of the sac convention. great stuff, man. it’s hard to get 2500 youth workers at a convention and not have it be a cool thing, though. i love these people – they’re my tribe.
the opening session went well — great talk from sherwood carthen. and i had a good time in my afternoon seminar, with a great group of rookie youth workers who asked wonderful questions. but the highlight of the day for me was our evening general session. we tried a new format, with three speakers following this format:
– intro by the host
– 18 minute talk from the speaker (there was a clock on one of the big screens, so everyone knew exactly how much time was left)
– 8 minutes of unguided discussion with the people sitting around you
– 8 minutes of hosted Q&A, using questions people had text messaged in
first, jeanne stevens hosted her husband, jarrett, who did a wonderfully compact bit about knowing the difference between the means and the end.
then, i hosted andrew marin, who talked about homosexuality and the church — i was nervous about this, but thought it went really, really well.
finally, tic hosted shane claiborne, who talked about shane stuff, including living in the kingdom of god.
people seemed to really dig the format (i know i did).
this morning, i’m on an early flight to dallas, to spend 24 hours with our spanish convention. i’m stoked to be a part of that event, but it feels really weird to be leaving this one for a day. i’m on an early flight back to sacramento tomorrow.
here’s a list of people who are blogging from the national youth workers convention in sacramento national youth workers convention this weekend. i’ll add to it as i find more, so check back. also, two new features on this post this time around:
– live blogging
– and, twitterers
we’ve added live blogging this year. a handful of bloggers will be live blogging (in real-time) from seminars and general sessions.
bloggers who say they’ll be blogging from the convention:
adam walker cleaveland
and, of course, me!
twitter feeds of those who say they’ll be twittering from the convention:
adam walker cleaveland
adam’s official nywc twitter
and i will be also!
the weekend that was: jeannie was up in pasadena visiting a friend for the weekend, so it was officially “daddy weekend.” that means – in the oestreicher family lexicon – a weekend of normally unapproved debauchery. extra quantities of screens (tv, movies, games, computer), horrible food choices, and stuff like that. so: liesl had lots on, so it was basically me and max. we got mario kart for wii, and played that a lot; we walked up to our town’s oktoberfest (“the largest 3-day oktoberfest west of the mississippi!”) both evenings for dinner; max made chicken nuggets for breakfast saturday, and we went to baskin robbins for lunch (yes, ice cream for lunch). along the way, i watched two sad football games where the only two teams i care about (university of michigan and the san diego chargers) lost, because they played so horribly. and i got a 60-minute massage saturday afternoon (jeannie gave me a 6-pack of one-hour certificates for xmas last year, and i cashed one in this weekend — the masseuse came to our house, and set up in the back house). sunday afternoon was honey-do list stuff, then home church in the evening. then, late last night, i took off on a 40 hour silent retreat.
where i am at the moment: i’m in non-blogging land, actually. this post was set to go live monday morning, because i’m not actually here to post it. i have known, for a few weeks, that i’m living on the edge, physically, emotionally, spiritually. and i started to realize that going into the sacramento nywc in this condition would be a really, really bad choice, and potentially harmful. i was worried about being so over-the-edge that i would either burn out, or — in my weariness — fall back to my default arrogant prick self. about a week ago i looked at my calendar for today, and realized it was totally empty. that’s when i decided to wedge in a short silent retreat. i considered a place i’ve gone in the desert, and a place i’ve gone near the coast, and landed on the coastal place. so, last night i drove up, and started a 40-ish hour time of silence, prayer, reading, thinking, and sleep. i’ll drive back down tuesday late morning, and just go to work. i’m hoping this time will recalibrate, rejuvenate, detoxify, and refresh me.
on my to-do list this week: uh, there’s this little thing called the national youth workers convention. we have three of ’em. the first one, in sacramento, is this week. starts friday (with additional programs beginning thursday). i’m flying up wednesday afternoon, and coming home monday afternoon. jeannie and the kids are coming up friday evening through monday afternoon. to complicate things a bit more, we have a brand new spanish youth workers convention this weekend also! we’ve been doing our convencion internacional lideres jovenes in argentina and guatemala for a number of years. but this year we added a third spanish event, in dallas. it was unfortunate that they ended up on the same weekend. saturday morning, i leave sacramento and fly to dallas. i’ll do a general session there saturday afternoon, and spend the evening there. sunday morning, i fly back to the sacramento nywc. whew!
procrastinating about: at the moment, i’m still procrastinating about my general session talk for the convention.
book i’m in the midst of: finished my lobotomy this weekend (will post about that soon), and am still in the middle of the almost moon. also plan on reading mark riddle’s new book (which comes out in january, or something like that), called inside the mind of youth pastors, today; and i brought along cathleen falsani’s sin boldly, and hope to get to it also.
music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: not normally a big hip-hop listener, two alt-hop (is that a term, or did i just make it up?) have caught my attention in the last couple weeks:
my friend bob sent me an itunes gift of “dear science” by the band, “tv on the radio.” really creative and complex stuff — unpredictable.
then i’ve also had the MIA album, Kala, on heavy rotation. the song “paper airplanes” has been on constant play on san diego alt rock stations, but the album is really, primarily a mash-up of alt/modern rock and hip-hop. very, very cool stuff.
next trip: i’m in north county san diego for a couple nights as i post this; but my next real trip is wednesday, for the national youth workers convention in sacramento.
how i’m feeling about this week: excited, stressed, hopeful, energized, weary, anticipatory, nervous, and probably 60 other emotions.
let me know if you plan on blogging from the sacramento national youth workers convention next week. i’ll be post my usual list next thursday.
twittering also (give me your feed).