Thanks for more great memories
Last week was a whirlwind of meetings, workshops, and friendly reunions at Urban Youth Workers Institute, the CCDA emerging leaders caucus, and bonding time with the fellas from Living Hope Community Church. Highlights: - Appearing alongside Shane Claiborne, Michael Mata, and a grad student on a social justice panel where Shane lamented dime-a-dozen "unbelieving activists and inactive believers." - Hearing Shane and John Perkins discuss the "Cost of the Kingdom" at a general session. - Conducting a Myspace presentation where a 17-year-old shared a personal testimony with 100+ attendees about struggling with internet porn and safeguards he and his Young Life leader have taken for accountability. - Presenting The Joshua Paradox at UYWI and Living Hope and the overwhelming response to it. - JP's discussing "content of character" as the enduring legacy he hopes to leave leaders. - Celebrating with Larry, John, Carla, Kirk, Ben, Bobby, Fred, Keith, Celina, Christina, Julie, and the rest of the crew the 1,500 youth workers who attended this year's UYWI, and the untold lives that will be impacted as a result. - HarmonizZzing with Dimas. - Rudy's excitement with brisk sales of his study guide. - Dinner with Carlos and Laura and Joey and Aaron and Kathy. - Dinner at Table 8 with Brian, Adam, Chris, and Adrian featuring the porterhouse steak that Robb Report readers called the best in America. - Siteseeing with Brian, whose tour guide services could make him very wealthy. - Chatting with Richard Greico as he walked his boston terrier in the San Fernando Valley. - The Venice Beach Drum Circle. Apparently since 2001, every Sunday night at sunset a sea of humanity gathers to the rythms of an ecclectic band of local drummers along the Venice Beach shoreline. Aside from the pervasive smell of herb, and curious coupling, it was a fascinating glimpse of a black/white/brown/yellow Kingdom. Related: UYWI slideshow from Day 1.