I woke up on Monday morning after Pentacost Sunday feeling as if I’d turned a two and one-half hour trip from Baltimore to Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania into a mini-vacation. It wasn’t hard to find good things to explore in my breeze through Amish Country. I was so looking forward to the week ahead attending two publishing conferences at Drew University Theological School.
Writing the Spirit began with a very meaningful worship service. Then keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor did not disappoint. What an honor to meet her. Her experience of years as a preacher came through in the way she can hold an audience. She told of her childhood and how it led to becoming a writer and a believing individual. I suspect for many of us sitting in the room feelings of common connection, regardless of theological leanings, began immediately with our own thoughts on those two subjects based on our own experiences. The conference provided opportunity for new writers as well as those already published, to connect, learn, inspire one another and share the fruit of the spirit. Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor shares what I might consider all “spiritual memoirs” through her books Learning to Walk in the Dark, Leaving Church and At the Altar of the World as well as in her publication Holy Envy. Check out her website.
I’d highly recommend this conference to anyone who has thoughts of faith they wish to share by publishing their written word. Writing for your Life is offered several times a year in different cities. The next one coming up is The Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC July 14 & 15. Join in!
Photos : Inside the Seminary Building at Drew Univ. Theological School
The site of Publishing in Color and Writing for your Life Conferences
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