It has certainly been quite a busy day. The two moments that I did have access to computer time were sucked up by office responsibilities one overdue and complicated by the speed of the server here.
The Thursday opening session was great. All the usual marks were hit and exceeded. The highlight was a passing of baton of sorts between previous MC’s Jesse Manibusen and Steve Angrisano and this year’s MC’s ValLimar Jensen. They did a mash-up of each of their own signature songs and thn broke into some Glee sing-alongs. They stadium rocked.
We were blessed last night as Steve walked (for all intent and purposes) off the main stage, across the street, and into our delegation meeting.
The Friday morning general session saw almost all of Baltimore sitting in one section – – all wearing their red ArchBalt Premier See baseball caps. When one of our animator indentified himself as coming from “the really cool Archdiocese of Baltimore, the cheer was pretty resounding. Mark Hart was our morning speaker, and he was both funny and touching.
The groups were off to workshops and Victory Park, the uber-interactive city blocks long exhibit hall. Margaret and I attended a luncheon gathering for discussion related to the National Black Congress, then we were out for more supplies for the night as well as to return the rental car.
A brief moment back on e-mail had some business to attend, it was off for a quick bite and then the evening session. There were three mini-keynotes, including a Latin American bishop (I get name later) appreciated by our group. Lectio Divijna fallowed and it was quite excellently led and had exceptional participation by the thousands of young people.
We had a delegation meeting briefing for tomorrow’s activities (which included me dancing. It is quite unnerving to see how quickly the flip cameras were out and into the hands of the youth ministers – our partners in ministry.) Here’s hoping that we don’t see this on YouTube.