Hello Springfield! I'm at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center for the 45th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. This year's theme is "Living the Sacred Life"
This weekend, as we worship together, connect with one another, learn together and talk about 'business' we'll be focusing on Micah 6:8 --. . . what does God require of you but to do justice, love kindness/mercy and to walk humbly with your God
Here are some of the speakers for the weekend
Friday Bible Study
Rev. Jorge Morales - Illinois Conference Associate Minister - followed by a keynote presentation from Rev. Bill Moore and Rev. Jane Ann Moore, Owen Lovejoy Scholars
The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. - Senior Pastor at Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, IL.
Saturday Bible Study
Rev. Tom Norwalk - Eastern Association Minister -- followed by a keynote presentation from Donna Dudley - Missionary to Angola in Africa
Rev. Alice Hunt - The president of Chicago Theological Seminary
Sunday Bible Study
The Rev. Dr. Rita M. Root - Interim Chicago Metropolitan Association Minister
Nathan Elder - a member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy, IL and a recent graduate of Quincy High School.
And guess what? I'm leading the music during the Sunday worship service, too!
It will be great to connect with Illinois colleagues, spend time worshipping together, learning together and living the sacred life together. I'll post thoughts (and maybe pictures) of the experience. I'll also be posting regular short updates to twitter -- follow along!