Open Mic: September 22, 2016
It has been awhile since we’ve hosted an Open Mic day, but today provides a good opportunity for one.
I’ll be playing in the annual Daniel Mercer Foundation charity golf tournament to support youth services here in our area. Daniel was a young man in our community who died ten years ago from a brain tumor. He was bright, vibrant, and athletically gifted, and our families became close through the experience of walking together through something no one wants to face. For me, it was one of most formative experiences of my life, and it happened during the time when I was transitioning from parish ministry to hospice chaplaincy. It is an honor every year to gather with friends and loved ones to honor Dan’s memory and to enjoy the fellowship of those who love him still.
This also gives you an opportunity to bring topics to the table and discuss them.
Just remember a few simple guidelines, which represent simple courtesy:
- Know that you are welcome here. You don’t have to agree.
- Try to be concise and clear in your comments.
- When in a conversation, stay on topic.
- Don’t dominate the discussion.
- Listen well.
- Watch your language and how you treat others.
With these simple parameters in place, the floor is yours today.
Enjoy God’s gift of conversation…and each other.