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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Monday, May 25, 2009

Festival of Homiletics - random reviews

  • When the rental car company says "Special- Van" on their reservation, it doesn't just mean a discount price. In this case, it meant a cargo carrier roughly the size of Delaware.
  • Parking was a challenge; finding the vehicle in the parking lot later was not.
  • Emory University (my residence for the week) needs some serious help with their wifi/connectivity. Not only glitchy, but the instructions they supply are seriously outdated.
  • On the other hand, Emory employees were uniformly pleasant, eager to be helpful where they could, and generally delightful to deal with.
  • Desmond Tutu is a joy-filled elf. Amazing that such a small body can contain such a giant soul.
  • The concept of "church campus" (which descriptor applied to all three host congregations) leaves me bemused. I've visited smaller convention centers.
  • The Methodist organ is what other organs want to be when they grow up. Phenomenal!
  • The Baptists won the prize for most comfortable pews. Is this a happy side effect of expecting lengthy sermons?
  • Some worship leaders try too hard. Worship has meaning by its nature; overdone voice inflections do not add to the experience.
  • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, is a homiletical hero. The man can preach.
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hansen is a direct and linear preacher-- easy to follow. He is also a gracious man.
  • Anna Carter Florence's lecture was one of the better sermons of the week.
  • Walter Brueggemann: Curmudgeon for Christ.
  • Good music, secular as well as sacred, and sometimes the borders blurred.
"Trying to drink from a fire hose." Yep-- an apt description of the week. And SO worth it!


Blogger Reverend Ref + said...

Yeah . . . what a great week.

May 25, 2009 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Mrs. M said...

This is great. Made me wish I was there, but also just brought me joy to read.

May 27, 2009 4:48 PM  

Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Seriously, Desmond Tutu and Michael Curry--wow! I was fortunate to hear both of them in our seminary chapel. And to meet Tutu in another venue as well. He is one of my heroes!

May 31, 2009 6:48 PM  

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