We’ve come to the time of year when UUMN conference registration is open and the planners are hoping that lots of people will be signing up. (Our goal is 300 attendees this year.) This has prompted me to do a bit of thinking about what inspired ME to attend my first UUMN conference in Denver in 2005. The answer is very straightforward: My boss told me to go.
When I was applying to be the music director at the UU church in Lincoln, our minster, Rev. Fritz Hudson, told me there was money in the budget which would pay for my membership in UUMN and my attendance at the annual conference. That fact — and the church's expectation that I would attend — motivated me to sign up that first time. And it’s not over-stating it to say that decision changed the course of my life. (But that’s a post for another time…)