Friday, March 30, 2007

Bloggin' the BMG

It turns out that the retreat Center where we are having the Black Men's Gathering New England has wireless internet. So I'm going to try something that I've been wanting to do for a long time, which is to live blog the Gathering. There will be limits to this of course, for instance it would not be reverent to be typing on my computer during prayers, but other periods seems like fair game. I'll learn if this is true or not. I may not be able to have a lot of fancy pictures right away, but hopefully the writing will be interesting enough. What we have done so far is to welcome the brothers from all over New England, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. There's about 20 of us here so far. We started as always with drumming. We got a real nice groove going. We then raised our voices in praise, supplicating God for guidance, protection, healing, and power. We then listened to a talk that Dr. William Roberts who convened the first Gathering 20 years ago, gave at the Association of Baha'i Studies in 2002 I believe. It was a nice explanation of the inspiration and origin of the Gathering, touching, funny and thought provoking. Right now we are having consultation about what the listened to and exploring the challenge of unity in diversity in the Baha'i community. I'm about to make a comment so have to come back to this later.