I hoped I'd be back later with excitement and back I am. Within half an hour of seeing people I haven't seen in a year and joining together in fellowship I knew why I needed to come to conference.
There is something specific about the calling to lay ministry, something that needs celebrating with other LLMs. I love my ministry in the parish, I am blessed to be valued and included. But I am also blessed to be part of a large body of lay ministers who are called specifically to a role different to that of priests. It's good to be reminded, especially as licensing approaches.