I am at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, a gathering of 1,600 pastors from around the country and the globe, listening to and learning about preaching. The days are full. We meet in two different sanctuaries just a few blocks apart. The weather has been beautiful. It is wonderful to meet colleagues, old and new. I even found an old seminary classmate! It is wonderful to have time to really think about preaching, in this case, prophetic preaching.

I am staying with my college roommate, Diane. I haven’t seen her in 15 years. My need to connect with her felt more urgent as dear friends of mine have died. We have spent time walking with her two large German Shepherds and talking.

This has been a time of grounding, not so much in history but in relationship. This has been a time of learning and looking forward. I have had conversations with our Bishop and with UMs from around the country about our future. I have paid attention to the rustles and wrestles in my heart. It is good to be grounded in the past. It is important to be launched into the future.