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This concept is Front Yard Hospitality - ordinary everyday people who want to create community right where they live. It was started by Kristin Schell from Austin Texas in an effort to meet her neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade, and has spread all over the country from California to Maine and in 6 other countries! How about this, Shelbyville KY?.
Sophie and I have been friends for years and she's the reason I'm at Montreat this week. But by having this prompted conversation and the little bit of time that we were able to spend just sitting on Anderson Lawn, we found out things about each other that we didn't previously know. What a great way to build community and show hospitality between friends and strangers. A great way to cross boundaries in a broken and divided world.
Look at the beautiful view as I sit on the porch of Assembly Inn during small group time for the conferees. It was so peaceful and relaxing as I chose to work on my journal yet still keep my eyes on what is happening around the conference center.
My art group and I started a journaling adventure during one of our meetings. We started with Praying in Color and now have moved on to journaling based on a great word set that Greta had available. We each draw a word every time we meet, and our goal is to complete a journal page between meetings.... NOT EVEN... Total fail on my part! I brought my journal to Montreat with the intentions of catching up. I have now completed 3 pages of my 6 words that I chose - or at least the ones I could gather up - and I hope to do more before I come home. Journaling is so relaxing and, what is nice, is that you don't have to be an artist to make it happen.
All this journaling has had me thinking about my friends at Art Unraveled, enjoying a week of art adventures and the warm weather of Phoenix, AZ. Several things kept me from attending this year but I want you all to know that Art Unraveled is the most wonderful art retreat, and if you ever get a chance to go - GO! You can expect awesome teachers teaching creative techniques and forms of art, and the event is so well run by Linda and Chuck. Best luck to you all for a great week! Maybe next year!!
...during a week of great messages, worship, recreation, and deep discussion with all these senior high youth at the Montreat Youth Conference, "A Missing Peace", this plain rock with its sincere sentiment really stood out to me.
Rock Quote: "I pray for the people & leaders of opposing nations to find common ground & peace."