I'm just back from the Emergent Leadership Retreat in Northern Minnesota. For those following Emergent, there will be a series of communiques and press releases about continued structural development coming out very soon at emergentvilage.com and various other outlets. Emergent continues to adapt and develop with each new stage of the journey. Even with the realities of structures and organizations, I continue to marvel at (and relish) the friendship and spiritual intimacy of this leadership community. Thanks to Tony Jones for great hospitality. Susie Albert Miller is a new friend. She overflows with significant thoughts and blessings. Brian McLaren's stories about the growing interest in Emergent, a new paradigm of Christian community and politics in America, and the acclerating stream of post-Colonial Christianity around the world are overwhelmingly hopeful.
Isn't it a divine right to complain about airline and travel woes — If so, here's mine.
- One trip, but three airline tickets purchased on three different airlines (cancelled flight in Atlanta connection, new ticket to make meeting, missed flight on return, new ticket, weather cancellation of new flight forcing next day rebooking!)
- With three airlines and two one-way ticket purchased, I think I was flagged as the security risk of the day!
Every joke I've heard about "nice Minnesota" expresses what appears to be an indisputable FACT — they are so nice in Minnesota. On route to Tony's cabin, we stopped for some groceries. Grabbing the bag, I muttered a quick "thank-you." The clerk, stopped, turned around, made intentional eye contact, and then exclaimed with about as much passion as I use when watching a Carolina basketball player finish off a monster dunk — "NO, THANK-YOU!"