For those of you who don’t move in United Methodist circles, the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will be in session this week at Grove City College. Some two-thousand United Methodist clergy, laity, and guests will gather to worship, deliberate, and discern. Hopefully, we will all behave with considerably more decorum than the dude in the photograph that precedes this post. (After all, everybody knows that a man should never wear gold with his Speedo until after the Fourth of July. Duh.)
So, I would like to pose a few general questions to those of you in blogland who will be attending this year’s Annual Conference:
How are you praying for Annual Conference this year? What are your expectations? Beneath whatever layers of cynicism may have developed within you over the years, what do you hope to experience in this year’s time of conferencing? Where do you expect to find the Spirit most at work? How do you prepare yourself spiritually for this yearly event?
I ask these questions because I am genuinely curious. I also ask them for the purpose of heightening my own sense of holy expectancy and to hold myself accountable for my attitude, since I am often guilty of approaching Annual Conference with the mindset of “business as usual.”
Save me, brothers and sisters! Bring me to fresh enlightenment! Share with me your percolating thoughts about our upcoming time at Grove City College!!
May all good things be yours (like Speedos and large religious jewelry).