I really enjoyed the Youthworker Retreat I led. It was very different from San Diego and St. Louis. There was much more dialogue and theological discussion. The final movement we meditate on Luke 15 (The Prodigal Son) and sit with a canvas reprint of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal. This was once again an amazing time of listening to how the Holy Spirit speaks to people.
I kind of laid low during this conference. The Critical Concerns (eight hours) takes it out of me. Lots of stuff to think about - so I laid low. A highlight of the conference for many was Shane Claiborne. He mentioned something about being invited to speak to deliver the best sermon ever - something that many who follow him closely would surely expect. Shane proceeded to read quite eloquently the entire Sermon on the Mount. When he finished he bowed his head and prayed silently and then walked off the stage. One thing for sure - there has been lots of conversation about this sermon.
A highlight of the conference for me was Phyllis Tickle's presence at this conference. Phyllis is the editor for the Divine Hours and former Religion Editor for Publishers Weekly. This 74-year-old grandma is one of my heroes. I have learned so much from her. I literally pray that she will live another 30 plus years so I can continue learning from her. Here is Marko's account of her General Session. It is worth a read. I agree with Marko - order the DVD. It doesn't matter if you are in youth ministry. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and you want to live faithfully in the world and age in which we find ourselves - get this DVD.