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Monday, January 09, 2006

Registration Blues

A few posts ago, I talked about the college spirituality and sexuality conference I was working on. Well, we are now less than two weeks away from that particular conference. Registrations are quite low. I'm trying to do as much as I can, but this may be the sort of event that is destined to be small.

I love doing my conference work, and Redefine the Rainbow is going to be a stellar program. However, I want to make sure that there are enough people around to make the time, effort, and money spent on the conference worth while.

I've spent a good part of the morning re-contacting folks about registration. Maybe all the local folks are going to register at the last minute (they have that option). Maybe it will turn out OK. Right now, I'm trying to stay out of stationary panic, and be productive. I'm trying to MAKE people register.

There is no pressure for any of you, my dear readers (whoever you are) to register for this conference. I'm just hoping that this will come together, and we can still be a good conference.

If you want to see what the conference will look like, you can go here.


Blogger Michael Dodd said...

I'd love to go, but distance and funds...

I just wanted to let you know that our institute last summer was way down on registrations, but a number of other groups with summer programs told us that reflected their experience, too. Not sure what that's all about, or if it is just somewhat consoling anecdotal evidence.

Just take heart and know that if you change one person or open one mind or heart, that will ripple out to the edge of the pond, too.

Having spent twenty years of my life recruiting and training seminarians only to see the numbers of those still in ministry down to very few, I have to hope that the time and effort I (and others) put into that project still have helped make the guys and their world a bit better.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Vic Mansfield said...

I read the info and would love to come, but I'd better come out, first. Next time, next time.

Fear not though, as Margaret Mead said
"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Cheers, Joe.

4:05 PM  

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