Just too cool! I'm lovin' all these stories and words of light and grace. Sorta like a drink of cool water after trudging across a desert. I'm having several recurring thoughts that I'm wanting to share and take up with the group. First, Elizabeth Potter and I have already been noodling around about the next 'Round Barn' - not for a name but the gathering again of strong and sensational women. We are a pretty geographically dispersed group, but do we sort of clump up in regions? I've noticed Virginia (my present locale)-DC-midAtlantic has a fairly strong group. Can others discern larger, regional kind of groups? How would a second gathering work best for you (if you would want to participate)? Dovetailing with the October Gathering in New Mexico would seem easy, but most of us have hefty loads of responsibilities and commitments that seem to keep us from that week long extravaganza. And then there's our own inclusiveness issues: men welcome or this needs to be sacrosanct for women only? how do we structure things so that women (and men) of God's image, regardless of ethnicity, economics, orientation, age, theology (as far as is possible there), geography, etc., find a welcoming and comfortable chair in the room? The mechanics of planning - where, when, cost, schedule - will, I'm convinced, work themselves out. We will need to be considerably more intentional about our own inclusiveness.
Second thought: all these wonderful stories that have been shared - and those we know have yet to be shared - need to be collected and printed. Either like a church cookbook complete with the spirally binding and pages for notes or more formally with publishers and everything. Whaddaya think? Would you be willing to share-to-print?
And while it's flying through my brain, the Emergent Coordinating Group is meeting beginning the end of this week. Our good friend and fearless leader, Elizabeth Potter, is carrying our hopes, concerns, frustrations, and joys with her as she meets as a part of this group. Keep her in our prayers and thoughts - and then look forward to hearing from her afterwards! Grace and peace.
"MizLiz", Liz Buxton