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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back from the Conference

I have recently returned from the Together 4 Each Other conference. I must say it was a tremendous time for togetherness. I believe my favorite seminar was “Holding Hands for Peace” In the 2 hour seminar we all 287 of us held hands and shared how this hand holding effects us. My friend Jim was new to this idea and was understandably nervous at first. However, it didn’t take long for him to warm up to the idea and he surprised me at his openness about how holding hands had effected him. Jim has always been a little skeptical. Not to offend anyone, but I think it may have been because he grew up a Southern Baptist.

The conference concluded Friday night with a wonderful speech from Rodney King. It is so sad what that man went through when all he wanted was for us all to get along. Rodney was still so upset he could barely contain himself. There were several times I thought he might not finish. He was obviously overwhelmed with emotion. Rodney our meditations go out to you. May the spirituality you pray in bring you peace.

We finished the night by lighting candles, walking around our meditation labyrinth, sharing our contemplative chants, and having a good group hug. As I write this post I am a little saddened that I am not having a group hug now. I think I will go hug my cats.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Together for Each Other

I am currently packing to attend the Together 4 Each Other conference. It is being sponsored by my current religious center Visionary Atrium for Gathering in Unity of Ecumenicalism, but we just call it VAGUE for short. We are gathering to celebrate togetherness which I think is really the only reason to get together. Togetherness is good, and I am sure that when I return I will be filled with many good thoughts from being together with people who want to be together. The vision of this conference is to try and see if we can get people together under the common bond of being together. I will update you on how things go, as the conference continues. In the meantime you should get together with someone too.