I didn't have many expectations coming into the Arnprior Assembly. Shelley asked what I hoped for from this time. I simply wished, "I hope it doesn't suck."
Saturday morning, I feared things were about to take a turn for the worse when the beginnings of a "Bitch and Brag" session emerged. Whenever clergy gather, there is always the possibility of sharing how bad one's situation is through complaint and lamentation, or how wonderful one's ministry is through personal virtue and innovation.
Whenever I hear the words "in MY church", I try not to roll my eyes too obviously and hunker down. Today, this thread of conversation dissipated soon enough and I could breathe again.