This past Thursday I kept a friend company on a road trek from St. Louis, Missouri to a town just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. There was an Episcopal Convention there, and my friend Jeff was displaying all of his liturgical textiles. While there I met some wonderful and incredibly talented individuals, the person that just blew me away was Dale over at South Light Studios. If you get a chance, glance at his portfolios and look at the incredible things he does with stained glass! Besides the incredible work he does, he was one heck of a nice person.
I also met a few folks from an environmental group working with the Atlanta Diocese. They are doing – on a larger scale – what a group of us are doing at the church level here in St. Louis. I didn’t get a chance to talk with them after the first (or second) box lunch was served to see if they were as shocked as I was at the amount of single-use plastic used at the convention. While the hotel did have a separate trash can for the soda cans, it was a minor plus when compared to the major amount of plastic used and thrown during the weekend.
When we drove the 9 1/2 hours from St. Louis to Atlanta, it was dark by the time we reached Chattanooga, TN and we weren’t able to enjoy much of the view through Georgia. Coming home, though, we were amazed at the beauty of the state. We drove through the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains, and the view from the highway was breath-taking. I only wish I had remembered to take my camera on the trip to capture some of the beauty. Many of the trees had lost all of their leaves, but there were still many that were at the peak of their color. WOW!
I was dropped at my doorstep late Saturday evening. Got up for church and attended the service on Sunday, went to lunch with a few friends, then attended a Holy Ground musical concert. Holy Ground is a group of religious congregations that are located all within a few blocks of one-another in the Central West End of St. Louis and work together to better the community in which they reside. Last night we heard musical selections from Baptists, Unitarians, Jews, Christian Scientists and Episcopalians. It was a wonderful evening.
I’m a little tired from the trip still, but am looking forward to a beautiful new day.