Friday, May 13, 2016

My First Day at General Conference 2016

Today has been a long and exhausting day.  While I bristle uncomfortably when someone refers to my or someone else’s sexual orientation as a lifestyle, one lifestyle that, whether I like it or not, I have to claim loud and maybe not so proud is that of being a procrastinator.  As such, I found myself at home last night with multiple loads of laundry to do in order to be able to get packed to fly to Portland today.  That coupled with an early flight this morning at 7:30 AM made for a very short night for me.
Then, I got to spend a large portion of my day in airports and on aircraft, activities that I actually usually enjoy, but I think the sleep deprivation overshadowed my enjoyment.  Then, one of my flights was full, and I was placed on a later flight.  Through all of this, I managed to maintain an optimistic attitude.  I tend to be a fairly “glass half full” kind of person, but, somewhere over the course of my last flight, figuring out public transit to get as close as I could to my hotel, and then walking the remaining ¾ of a mile to make to the hotel, I was feeling pretty drained.
On top of all of that, the language being used by some to describe LGBTQIA persons, to speak to us, or to talk around us at this General Conference has been lacking in the basic dignity normally afforded another human being much less to fellow members of your own faith tradition.  Reading various posts on social media since the beginning of the conference has painted a very ugly picture, and I was feeling the weight of that along with my fatigue when I finally arrived at the hotel here in Portland.  All of that weight lifted off of me very quickly though as one familiar face after another greeting me with a hug and a smile.  It truly is amazing to in this work with all of these amazing people.  There is such a joy in the connection that binds us together and to this cause of full inclusion.
Then, tonight after dinner, we went to a local church for an Indigo Girls concert.  Even though my tiredness began to creep back in a bit during the performance, it was very energizing and uplifting, and the opening acts, Momma’s Boyz featuring Kingdom Krew! and J Mase III, were great as well.  I wish I had it in me to share more, but I am drained.  I’ve been up since 5:30 AM Eastern after only having 3-4 hours of sleep, and it is now almost midnight Pacific time.  Time for sleep.  Check out pics from the Indigo Girls concert on my Facebook page at . 

~ Culbs

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