- Connecting and reconnecting with friends I haven's seen for a few weeks, months, or even years. Making new friends, too! (The warmth of friendship from these folks makes synod worth the trip -- but there's more!)
- J. Bennett Guess -- nominee for Local Church Ministries of the UCC Executive Minister. Ben is a powerful speaker, a compassionate leader, a brilliant writer, a prophetic voice, and one who shows authentic love. Folks like Ben make the UCC a better church.
- Rev. Freeman Palmer. Wow -- Freeman can start a worship service. He has exuberance, passion, and then some!
- Testimonies Rev. Susan K. Smith, Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, and Rev. Josh Longbottom offered powerful, inspirational, amazing testimonies of God's work for mercy and justice.
- A new favorite song, "You Are Holy," a traditional South African song - arranged and translated in 2007 by More Voices. Music is available in the songbook, Sing! Prayer and Praise.
Tomorrow is Suncoast Saturday. It's a day-long “imagine what’s possible” event of big ideas, best practices and celebration. Things begin at 8:15 am tomorrow morning. I'm leading a workshop called "The Plugged-In Church: Staying Connected" at 12:45 pm in the Tampa Convention Center, Room 25. Here's a link to a program of the whole day.