(From Angie Mabry-Nauta)
About the time that Conversations went public, people started talking. It's not that we as a denomination weren't talking previously. As a matter of fact, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. have each made it remarkably easy for us to "talk" to one another about subjects Reformed, ecclesiological, sacred and all things quite the opposite. Rather, we began talking about Conversations publicly post its IPO. And, much like the members of our denomination, opinions are all over the map.
As I sit in my hotel room, awaiting the commencement of Conversations in a little over 2 hours, I am pensive. Stacey noted (quite well, in my humble opinion) the anxiety and feelings of exclusion that have already clouded this event in the minds of many. Some of us who are here have been implored by friends and colleagues who are not to make sure their voices are heard. Ironic, isn't it? To think that we are here for Conversations and already there is concern about whether all will be said, or perhaps will be permitted to be said. I haven't fully deciphered how I feel about that. Right now it feels a little sad.