I got an email from my younger brother Jason today. In it, he shared about an accident that occurred in Phoenix, on one of the major interstates (I-10), on Thursday May 29th. My brother Matt, his ex-girlfriend is the one mentioned in the article. Her name is Che Laughing. The young man who was killed was her roommate. Read about it here and here.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Not to be confused with homesick... I'm finally home again after being gone for about 10 days. I was in Las Vegas for The 'Source and then in DC for Student Forum and the National Gathering for the Young Adult Seminarians Network. They were great trips. I'll post some pics soon. I also stayed in Vegas for a few days after the event, to spend some quality time with my best friend Kristyn. It was a very belated 30th birthday celebration for the both of us. It was fabulous!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
check it out at ASOS.com. it's a thing of beauty. i love the way the face looks like a cassette.
yesterday was a sad day in the wide world of sports for me. 3 teams that i follow played, and all 3 lost. the detroit red wings played game 3 of their best-of-7 series in the stanley cup finals against the pittsburgh penguins, and lost 3-2 in pittsburgh. then, the detroit pistons lost in a heartbreaker to the boston celtics 106-102 in boston. they are now down 3-2 in that best-of-7 series in the eastern conference finals. and finally, in probably a result i should have expected, the US men's national football team lost 2-0 to England. please note that when i say "football", i'm referring to the sport known here in the states as "soccer". american "football" should be called "throwball". the only real consolation is that this game was only a friendly, but it would have been nice to beat (or at least tie) one of the world's historical football superpowers.
next up...today the Netherlands play Denmark in another international friendly. hup holland!
am i a nerd? yes i am. final score in the Netherlands vs Denmark match, 1-1. goals came from Ruud van Nistelrooij (NL) and Christian Poulsen.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
as i'm sure a lot of you know, i am in the midst of a rather lengthy job search. in some ways, it seems like this process has lasted years, and i'm not sure when (if ever) it will end.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I'm off again tomorrow to do prep for The 'Source, an adult worker training, in Las Vegas. I'm looking forward to it as well because afterward my best friend Kristyn and I will spend some time celebrating her birthday and enjoying the hot desert sun!
This was the name of a young adult event that I spoke at last weekend in the Western North Carolina annual conference. The event was good and they are trying to do some good stuff with the ministries that are either currently existing or wanting to get started. The leadership team was great to work with and I hope that their event in October goes well! Another highlight of the trip was that I got to share a meal with two friends, Dayna and Noel and their adorable girl Maggie. Noel and Dayna moved to Valdese, NC last year and seem to be doing wonderful.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
So from April 21-May 3, I spent my life living out several things I'd been working on for what's called General Conference. It's the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church. It meets every 4 years and it's a pretty big deal. One of my responsibilities was the Young People's Address, where 6 youth and young adults addressed the church with their views and hopes for the church. Here are some links to the awesome address... There were many ups and downs, legislation passed and failed, it was exhausting, I'm glad it happened and it gives us hope for the next 4 years.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
i've learned a lot in the past 6 months of being married to julie. some of it has been hard, and some a bit easier. one thing that i'm learning more and more about each day is white privilege. i'm going to be completely honest here and say that before i met julie, i was ignorant/naive/uninformed as to the existence of white privilege.
"preferred buying indian's land rather than driving them off it because that was like driving "wild beasts" from the forest. he compared indians to wolves, "both being beasts of prey, tho' they differ in shape"" (taken from Robert Jensen's book "The Heart of Whiteness").this mentality toward nonwhite people continued into the era of slavery in the states, and still happens today.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
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