General and tangential observations on the UU Ministers Association Convocation 2009
- CONVO happens only every 7 years, and this may be the last one with UUMA restructuring of education and learning (also known as UUMA CENTER). Attendance is around 400.
- No one appears to be “live blogging” much of anything
- Bill Sinkford is not here. Peter Morales is (as is Gini Courter interestingly), and he pledged to visit the UU Church of the Philippines as early as 2010.
- Worship has been amazing, coordinated wonderfully by Rev. Leslie Takahashi-Morris (with well wishes to David)
- Little to no controversy, other than the simplified food menu that has raised a few grumbles, but was necessary given the lower registration and budget
- A UU Fight Club of ministers sharing stories for future preaching has emerged. We don’t talk about UU Fight Club.
- Ottawa is really beautiful, parliament, an intense new War Museum, and I’ve eaten out for Indian, Vietnamese, and Thai.
- Only a fraction of the UUA’s Dreaming Big and large church ministers are here, a bit surprising, and feeds the perception of disengagement by large church ministers. It could be budget related but there also appear to only be a handful of the UUA staff ministers here.
- The choir is singing a little in French tonight for the closing worship, directed by Rev. Jason Shelton, with a new version of the Fire of Commitment, which appears to becoming on par with Spirit of Life for its intensity and popularity.
- A lost opportunity to educate ministers about UU projects through information tabling, which some may dislike, but I find very helpful. You’ve got a captive audience for 5 full days, and a few have taken advantage to put out literature and be available such as ICUU, Historical Societies, Standing on the Side of Love, but where are all the other ministries?