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Friday Five: Big Event Edition

Did you know that the major purpose for forming a non-profit, RevGalBlogPals, Inc.,
was to be able to attract grant support for a large scale RevGalBlogPal
meetup? My dream from the beginning has been attracting financial
support that would allow as many of our bloggers to be together as

RGBP, Inc. now has a planning committee, and we are in
the early stages of planning the RevGalBlogPal Big Event. What, When,
Where and Who are all on the table at the moment. In that spirit, I
bring you the Big Event Friday Five.

1. What would the meeting
be like? (Continuing Ed? Retreat? Outside Speakers? Interest Groups?
Workshops? Hot Stone Massages? Pedicures? Glorified Slumber Party?)

My ideal gathering would have some mixture of fellowship (or galship, as the case may be) and spiritual renewal. I love the idea of breaking out into interest groups or something along those lines, say one for aspiring poets and another for parents of small children juggling work and family and another for knitters, or you name it. And I would not turn down a massage or even a pedicure.

2. When in 2008 might you be able to attend? January? Shortly after Easter? Summer? Fall? Some other time?

I’m hoping for spring, particularly that long stretch of April in a year with a very early Easter.

Where would your dream meeting location be? (Urban Hotel? Rural Retreat
Center? New England Camp? Southwestern Fantasy Hotel? Far away from
civilization? Nearby Outlets or Really Great Thrift Stores?)

I am completely open-minded about the where. I don’t spend enough time outdoors when I’m working, so I guess a beautiful and non-urban location would be good for my answer to #1.

4. Who would make a great keynote speaker? (That’s if #1 leads us in that direction.)

I guess I’m more interested in giving our bloggers a chance to be together than in hiring a "headliner." But if I could listen to a favorite writer speak about writing your life, it would be Anne LaMott.

5. Did I leave out something you want to suggest?

I’m wide open to the suggestions of others at this point. If you’re a RevGalBlogPal but don’t play the Friday Five, feel free to leave ideas here.

Dream big for the Big Event!!!

18 thoughts on “Friday Five: Big Event Edition”

  1. wonderful F5 Songbird- thanks for the chance to dream- it would be great to spen time galshipping together!!!!

  2. I am not a Rev Gal, but I would consider myself a pal of some of you.
    Would you consider New Orleans or the Gulf Coast as a destination?
    We have
    1. wi-fi everywhere
    2. outlet shopping, thrift shops
    3. Beau Rivage as a spa destination
    4. large and small scale mission work already in place to add some extra “purpose” to the gathering
    5. great music
    6. cool architecture
    7. fascinating nature, some of which is vanishing so fast that you might not be able to see it again…ever
    8. tons of hotel rooms, low rates, hungry vendors
    9. one of my best friends is in the tourism business and could help coordinate all of this for you
    10. Southwest flies here
    11. cheap(er) flights to Gulfport airport
    12. local revs who would love guest preachers
    One other thing that I would like to put out there:
    You all may not know how much your community means to some of us non-Revs in Katrinaville. There have been many days that clicking in with you has reminded me that there is still a world out there that has gone on, a world with other needs, a world with open stores, a world without debris and a world of people who are trying to live a gracious life. Being able to touch normality through you has been a gift. Come to this area and I promise we will show our gratitude.

  3. Hi Sherry, why don’t you join the group. Glad it means something to you.
    Songbird, you are so open minded. I mentioned Anne Lamott too.
    Great dreaming.

  4. Sherry! Rach! How could we party without you???
    I like all of your ideas although a regular massage without the hot stones is just fine for me.

  5. Yay! Rach and Sherry can come!
    Hey, if anyone’s interested, I could do a workshop on church dramas.
    And I’ve seen Real Live Preacher suggested about as a speaker. Though I agree, it would be more fun to get to know each other. How about a group of the Matriarchs as the speakers like Sally suggested on her blog?

  6. It sounds unimaginably exciting…though I can’t see how I’ll afford it if it happens…I don’t mind where, really, as long as maximum revgals can get there, as if I get there at all, it would be a once in a lifetime thing, I suspect.
    Oooh…dream, dream, dream.Just being together would be the best thing.
    and yes, April…later and I might well be in mid move. But the sooner there’s a real date in a diary, the more hope I’d have of getting there…oooooooh….

  7. Hi Songbird … yeah, self-care haunts me too. Like how to do it. Really. Yet get my stuff done.
    Y’know, one other advantage of choosing New Orleans as a gathering place is that people who might need to raise funds to get there perhaps can do so as a kind of social justice thing … whether as pulpit supply or a Habitat for Humanity worker

  8. I don’t know if I would attend since I’m not a rev and I feel sort of peripheral to the main purpose of the group but I have to say that if Ann LaMott were there that would certainly be an incentive. (Beyond actually meeting so many people I only know through their blogs.)

  9. Selfish me would like
    1) lots of time for galship, good food, spiritual work
    2) between the end of the school year and summer internship
    3)New England or the Outer Banks
    4) Anne Lamott would be great, as would Barbara Brown Taylor
    5)Maybe a writing workshop with reverendmother – we could all play with Bonusbaby while she leads the session…

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