Today was a most extraordinary day at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Atlanta!
First, the NCCL is a phenomenal opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the most innovative and successful catechetical minds (and hearts) in the United States. It is also a tight-knit group (all 600-700 of us!) so each year’s conference is like a family reunion. It is so wonderful to see and chat with peoplethat I never get to see anywhere else while also making so many new acquaintances. I also got to meet many of you who are regular readers of my blog! Talk about networking! Here I am pictured with Stephen Binz, Scripture Scholar and prolific author, whose work I’ve admired for years.
Second, I was honored to deliver a couple of presentations on Servant Leadership to about 150 parish catechetical and diocesan leaders this afternoon. There was so much wisdom in that room and I was so thrilled to be able to tap into it andto facilitate the sharing. I drew my thoughts from a very good book titled Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish, by Dan Ebener (Paulist Press). Thanks to all who participated. For those who attended, if you would like a copy of my Powerpoint, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it to you.
Third, I enjoyed a wonderful company dinner with a number of folks from Loyola Press. It’s a pleasure to socialize with people that you work closely with and work very hard with day in and day out. Nice to “let our hair down” so to speak.
Finally, if that wasn’t enough, I sat in on an unnoficial gathering of catechetical folks who are into blogging, Tweeting, podcasting, etc. This event, given the title of a “Tweet-Up” was organized by Jonathan Sullivan, the Diocesan Catechetical Director of Springfield, IL, who is one of the leading voices on using social media to promote parish programs. It was nice to meet and mingle with people who are exploring cutting edge technology for proclaiming the Gospel.
O my goodness, I’m exhausted…but what a happy exhaustion! Looking forward to another day at the Conference tomorrow!