the highlights

February 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm 1 comment

So Dana successfully convinced me to go to the Jubilee Conference this year.  And I’m so glad she did.  I’ve never been to a conference that so celebration the passions and gifts given to us by God, be they engineering or dancing.  It was refreshing.  And validating. 

But my brain is too tired to fully process the weekend.  So I offer you some highlights – to whet your appetite for further posts, and also to reassure you that I am, actually alive.

Things I loved:

* It was at a hotel.  I love hotels.  Usually my weekend retreats are just that – retreats at cute little campsites.  I like those – but I’m not a very camp-y girl.  (Does staying in a cabin with a bathroom and a sleeping bag on a mattress count as camping?  Because that’s what it was).  But still – here I had sheets.  And a very nice bathroom. 

* We sang Disney songs during the car ride Friday afternoon.  Best car ride ever.

* The worship surrounding each main session was incredible.  It was a perfect blend of – well, everything.  Nearly a cappella spirituals.  Rousing contemporary songs with saxophone, trumpet, and harmonica solos.  Hymns.  Gospel back-up choir.  Everything done beautifully. 

* The workshop I was most looking forward to – “Called to Dance”, by Emily SoRelle Adams – did not disappoint.  I didn’t relate to some things as much because I’m not a professional dancer, and have no desire to be – but the affirmation of this passion was wonderful.  It was good to be reminded that dance is important, not frivolous.  It has purpose.  And it is beautiful.

* I also bought four books at the little bookstore set up in the lobby.  Given enough time and money, I could have happily bought the whole thing.  As it is, I nearly mortgaged my next birthday and I already want to hole up and just read for a week.

* People.  I loved spending time with my Navigator friends, loved meeting new people – both from my campus and from others –  and loved seeing my good friend who transferred last year. 

* I learned during one of the main sessions what a master storyteller looks like.  Bob Goff was one of the most entertaining and interesting speaker I’ve ever heard.

* Sad as I was to miss my school’s amazing dance marathon that took place this weekend, I commissioned my one friend to be my foreign correspondent, and she faithfully texted me updates.  I’m not sure the sleepers in my van particularly appreciated my celebration when the total was revealed – but cheers to my school for raising over $9.5 million to help children fight pediatric cancer!  I’m proud to have been a (teensy) part of it.

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  • 1. Dana Ray  |  February 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait to talk more. After the reading tonight?

    Reply

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