Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Gossip Column: Why is Thom Going to the South?

I will be spending the next week in two Southern cities. First, I will be traveling to Durham, North Carolina where I will be the guest minister for the weekend at the Eno River Unitarian Unitarian Fellowship. If you don't count the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., Eno River is the second largest UU Church in the American South (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, KY, MS, AL, and AR). I will be holding an organizing meeting with their young adult group on Saturday evening, preaching a version of my Indiana Jones sermon, and then meeting with ERUUF's leadership to do a workshop on how to make religious communities more Young Adult-friendly.

Then it is off to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the Summit on Growth hosted by the UUA Growth Task Force. This Task Force has invited twelve ministers of growing churches to come and share their learnings about church growth. I will be joined by the following amazing colleagues: Marilyn Sewell (Portland, OR), Michael Schuler (Madison, WI), Peter Morales (Golden, CO), Rob Hardies (Washington, D.C.), Christine Robinson (Albuquerque, NM), Victoria Safford (White Bear, MN), Liz Lerner (Silver Springs, MD), Helen Carroll (San Luis Obispo, CA), Kendra Ford (Exeter, NH), John Crestwell (Camp Davies, MD), and Ken Beldon (the newly forming Wellsprings Church in PA.)

Before the Summit on Growth, you know where I'll be making a pilgrimage: