Conference Preparations – 8 Sep 2011

After meeting with Jonathan and Becky, Glenn and I drove to downtown Dublin to the Spirit Radio station to meet with Rob. I had decided to drive there (Dublin City Centre) rather than taking the bus like I had previously, primarily to not take so much time to get there. The potential problem was finding parking. The Lord blessed though as we turned a block earlier than we should have and while looking how best to get to where we needed to go, I realized that we were within a short walk from the station and there was lots of parking on the street where we were … so now we know where we can park in the future when we go back.

Rob is helping to organize the RELaY Network Conference being hosted in Dublin in February. The conference will be drawing lay leaders from across Europe. RELaY has a special commitment to the 4-fold aims that are implied in its name – Reconciliation, the re-Evangelisation of Europe, the formation of Lay-leadership, and mobilisation of Youth for Christian ministry. Rob has invited us to participate in the conference.

Rob’s initial invitation was for CBSI to conduct a workshop about the CBSI ministry and studies, but limited facilities have eliminated the workshops. Instead, we should have the opportunity for a 2-minute presentation at the beginning of one of the main sessions, having a ministry information table / display, and possibly hosting an interest group discussion in the main room during breaks.

Our time with Rob was primarily discussing these options and plans for the conference. We also talked about advertising on the radio (Rob is the director of this Christian radio station) during the Eucharist Congress held in Dublin next June. We also requested his input on how we might make the best of the opportunity to participate in the Eucharist Congress and he had some good counsel for us.

Ciaran, one of the CBSI-Ireland study leaders was interviewed live on the station in the spring (click here to listen to the interview), so we talked about more interviews in the future, both by him and other leaders.

Glenn and I picked up a good lunch at a small Irish restaurant on the way back to the car and headed off to our next meeting to visit with some long-time friends of the ministry.

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