Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Considerations for Planning a RevGalBlogPal Retreat/Study Leave Event
Place is important so let's go to St. Casserole's
Each of us will present a paper on our understanding of ministry
Knitters and cat lovers will receive special points.
All morning sessions will include strong coffee. Wearing one's bathrobe is mandatory.
This is an grown up event so only nursing babies may accompany RGBP attendees.
I hope there will be lots of chocolate.
Maybe a Lilly Grant will help us assemble. I'll be happy to write it.
Rats! If we get together, I'll have to admit that I'm not 120lbs as I claimed in my blog.
I would miss my wedding anniversary to meet all the RGBPs, sign me up!
Free polls from


mibi52 said...

Once again, you give us a Hobson's Choice. Why can't we vote for all of the above?

cheesehead said...

Dang! Mibi beat me to it this time! Sign me up!

Quotidian Grace said...

Sounds great! Want to come to Houston?

Mary Beth said...

I voted for more than one! Maybe I'm just lucky.

I did NOT vote to present a paper, but if that's what it takes (Lilly might like that), I'll sure do it. :)

Kathryn said...

I'm on my way. With chocolate.
And I voted for lots and lots....didn't see if they registered,but definitely voted :-)

Jane Ellen+ said...

I will admit to being a ministerial aberration-- I never learned to drink coffee-- so I'd like to add tea to the morning sessions. Hot chocolate also works (more chocolate is better!).

Sue said...

Count me in. This is fun! Clearly our priorities are knitting and cats...

reverendmother said...

I Am So There.

I will bring the reverendbaby--she can be our mascot. She even has a "Perky Lil Presbyterian" onesie (altho I know we're not all presbies of course).

peripateticpolarbear said...

I don't drink coffee either.
And I voted about missing my wedding anniversay which is ,of course, easy to do when you don't have one.

Preacher Mom said...

Does crocheting stand on equal ground with knitting? Tea or hot chocolate with coffee? And I would gladly miss my wedding anniversary, especially since I don't have one! Let's do it!

Gord said...

Unfortunately Lilly doesn't work for us Canadians :(

ANd there is no such thing as too much chocolate!

St. Casserole said...

Dear Taker of Poll About RGBP Retreat:
Lilly funds non-profits. It's too much trouble to do this although the idea of an "intentional online community" of RGBPs sounds tantalizing for some group to fund.
RGBP is inclusive so tea rather than coffee, hot chocolate rather than hot tea is fine. Dog lovers are welcome. Crocheting as well as macrame is fine, too.
Can anyone out there come up with a funding source for travel expenses, room, board and a great speaker?

cheesehead said...

I have a friend who is part of a large-ish preaching group that meets every January. I will drill him for ideas--well, after the annual meeting, which starts today in San Francisco.

I'm pretty sure they are not part of Lilly, and I have a sneaking suspicion that he will tell me they all use Continuing Ed money for this, which won't work for folks who don't have Continuing Ed money. (Or folks like me who have earmarked all their 2006 money for Mondo Preaching Conference in Atlanta this May. Anybody else going to Mondo? And, any other Presbys going to be in Birmingham this year?)

Quotidian Grace said...

There is a group of pastors in our presbytery (including my senior pastor) who have a support group that he tells me is funded by the Lily foundation.

Last year they went to France and Spain WITH THEIR SPOUSES(!) on a grant and plan to go to Switzerland this summer. I guess the Swiss connection is Zwingli and Calvin and the French is Calvin also but what was up with Spain?

So can we make an argument that we're a support group? Don't we need to go see our beloved sisters in the UK and Finland? I think so!!!

Who's with me?

Songbird said...

I think the problem, QG, is that in and of ourselves we are not a registered non-profit entity. Lilly, from what I read on their website, doesn't make personal grants. We would need a seminary, church or denominational body to be the helpful hierarchical entity through which money would be funneled. Any ideas? This is the downside of our loose and ecumenical arrangement.

Quotidian Grace said...

Yes, we could incorporate a 501-c-3 organization. There may be some reasons to consider that apart from applying for a Lily grant.

I'll email you about this idea.