Chairing the Annual Meeting of my denominational conference was a fabulous experience. I was surprised how much FUN I had, telling a couple of people that the extrovert in me really took over. (And thank goodness; otherwise, I'd be even more exhausted than I am, and that's hard to imagine!) It was non-stop from Thursday afternoon through Sunday after church, but we didn't have any huge problems. A couple of glitches -- I'd forgotten to arrange for someone to introduce our keynote speaker (ha! minor detail!), but I realized it with enough time to just do it myself, so it was OK. And we had more people show up for our Sunday morning plenary and closing worship than I anticipated, so we ran out of bulletins and had to bring up more chairs. Oh well.
One of the best things about this was that we had 70 volunteers to help us. Amazing. Way more than we needed, but it was such fun to see them greeting folks and hanging out. I loved it!
And Cathedral of Hope has such a beautiful music ministry. Friday night we had Angie Landers sing, cabaret style, at the Interfaith Peace Chapel...wow. She's really as good as any professional I've ever heard. And then Saturday night at the banquet our men's octet sang--they are wondrous, plus Marlene (alto who graces our Taize services every month) and a lovely soprano whose name escapes me at the moment. Really, we had 150 at this banquet and they were ALL bowled over by the quality.
David came over for the banquet and stayed with me in the hotel -- really nice to have him there. Douglas arranged for me to have the hotel room as "comp," which I appreciated. I would've paid for it myself -- it was so necessary for me, really. If I'd had to drive 45 minutes every morning and night to get home that would've been bad. I was staying to lock up the church, so that would've put me home very late.
There's something about doing this kind of thing...it's a bit like preaching, I mean, in terms of this strange place within me between desiring both to be hidden and the center of attention. The old wounds within me creep up and make it a bit difficult to let this just "be." Appreciate the compliments, but don't let them go to your head. Admit your mistakes and learn from them, but no need to dwell. Let it go. Let it go. Let it go. A satisfying memory now. That's all.