For the better part of the last two weeks, I enjoyed some spectacular time with MCC folk from all around the globe. People were gathered from the Philippines, Australia, the UK, Russia, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the U.S., and more. It was our 25th General Conference, held in MCC’s 45th year of existence, and the mood at our gathering in Chicago was just electric!
I spent the first several days in training on how to teach the class we will offer here this fall entitled, “Creating a Life that Matters.” It is going to be a powerful and life-changing class for those who choose to attend.
During and especially after that training, work began to transform a hotel ballroom into a sanctuary. By the time the opening worship service of General Conference came, people were so ready! A 25-piece band scored the music for worship (hear trumpets and trombones and timpani and piano), banners and the cross and candles led the way into worship (see the teens carrying these items), and then all the clergy in MCC processed in (see scores of clergy of all ages and colors dressed in robes), and then the end of the processional was marked by the entrance of our leadership. Rev. Elder Troy Perry led them in, the Founder of MCC and the recent victor in the Supreme Court case Hollingsworth v. Perry. Boy did that room ignite when they saw Troy! He was then followed in by all our current leaders, Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, our Moderator, being the last.
If you can imagine that scene with about 1300 MCCers present and singing, then you have some idea of what the first 2-3 minutes of General Conference was like! And there was five full days of that. It was quite a wonderful mix of powerful moments, tears, hope, loss, joy, and celebration. When it comes right down to it, it is hard to put experiences like this into words. It is like trying to explain how you feel when you come home from a retreat or when you are leaving a particularly powerful Sunday morning service. Sometimes words just fail us. So, as words are failing me now, I simply say this: The Spirit of God moved through 1500 people in ways that we will never fully know but in ways we felt in our bones and hearts and souls. And it was very good.
Want to know more? Ask me or your lay delegates, Robin and Kevin!