Synod itself provided plenty of fodder for plenty of blog posts, but they are going to have to wait for a day or two. I've got lots of notes and pithy quotes, but I'm still processing the whole experience. It is definitely a different experience attending Synod as a delegate rather than as a visitor, and both have benefits...and costs. The largest cost, without a doubt, was the insistence on 6:45am delegate caucuses. At least we had breakfast! And it was a bit later than many other conference's caucus, so I am trying to keep the whining to a minimum. But still! Even if I'd gone straight to bed after all the work of Synod, I'd still be behind my normal 8 hours.
But of course I did not go right to bed right after the work of Synod, because there was much visiting and catching up with friends, and lots and lots of 2030 after-hours gatherings. Which meant many, many late nights. And early mornings. Hence my exhaustion. And my longer-than-usual processing of events. I will say that there is much to think about, much to reflect on, and much to celebrate.
On a final note, I just learned that one of my dear friends and colleagues in ministry has a blogsite for knitters. Since she doesn't yet have a name on this blog, I can call her by the name of her site: Holy Knitter. Holy Knitter is a terrific friend and we spent a lot of time deepening our friendship at Synod. Per her request, I won't reveal her real-life identity, but I will say that for the past few years I've been rather surprised by her father's fondness of me and my ministry here...until I realized that Holy Knitter and I have a lot in common. A LOT. I think maybe Holy Knitter's dad sees his child in me....and I take it as a major compliment.
I suspect that over the next year, Holy Knitter and I will be spending a great deal of time together, despite our diverse locales. Until then, satisfy yourself with perusing the holy awesomeness of her blogsite.