Today, I met Agent B who flew out here form Abilene, TX. I took him around Salem, and he met real live Witches - at least five of the locals. He got a feel for our beautiful New England city, and felt the cool breezes and the warm sun of late spring. Then Don Rylander from Jackson, MS - my old buddy who was there on the first day I began pastoring a church I Carlsbad, CA 22 years ago arrived in town, and we spent some time together this evening.
Tomorrow at 7pm the event officially begins. There will be people blogging live from the conference, and you can follow their writings. The live-bloggers will be linked in the right-hand column of the church blog site. There will also be a variety of people guest blogging from the church blog.
Our guest speakers include Jay Bakker, Jim Henderson, and Tony Jones.
Guest panelists include Karen Ward, John Smulo, Ken Nelson, and Beth Maynard.
We will also hear from Lou, Jonas, and Michael on our Humanist/Christian discussion panel, and from Teri Kalgren, Suzy Wade, and Krista Grillo during our Pagan/Christian discussion.
So for the next three days you will find us at The Gathering's Blog Site.
This conference is charting some new territory for us, and we hope to discover how we might become better servants to the variety of people around us.
Gwyn eich byd!