Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Conversion should be evident Off to a decent start this Lent. Went to our local Heartland Conference for the first time. It was nice to meet up with old friends from Iowa and share stories on my last parish. Good also to connect with my new friends around the Kansas City area. One thing struck me from today's final address, the speaker, Bill Huebsch, challenging all present that for church staff members, conversion to Christ must be readily apparent in our lives. I started wondering about that. Then I reflected a bit on the start of Lent, this opportunity for renewal of conversion. I probably missed more details in the final talk, having latched onto this one gem. I feel somewhat renewed by the conference, though not all of the speakers seemed on a top level. Probably a good few months till my annual retreat (probably here) so I'm thankful for some momentum on the spiritual front. Good workshops on restorative justice and on parish leadership.