I need your help. Merrill Wade, rector of St. Matthew's in Austin, has a great idea:
Each spring the South by Southwest Festival is a major event bringing musicians, filmmakers and others to Austin.
One of the facets of the music component of the Festival, apart from the some 1,500 bands that play all over creation, is daily presentations at the Austin Convention Center for the musicians and those in the music industry.
Most of the presentations are in the form of panel discussions. The panel discussions cover almost any music issue you can imagine.
Here is the part we need help with: panel presenters’ make application with South by Southwest and are chosen, in part, by the support the suggested panel receives from the public, in form of votes and comments on the idea.
Merrill Wade has applied to present the following topic, Spirituality for Nomads.
His goal is to use that hour to describe classical spirituality and to lay groundwork for travelling musicians to order their lives around some useful spiritual practices.
Linking to the proposed presentation on the South by Southwest website is a bit tricky, here is our best bet at directing you.
1. Go to the link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/
2. Once you get to the link, scroll to the bottom and click on the SXSW Music Conference programming proposals link.
3. This is where it gets tricky. There is a Search feature for you to type Merrill's name into to find his actual proposal, (Merrill Wade) which is necessary because the SXSW website constantly scrambles the location of the proposals. You will never find the proposal in the same place twice.
4. Suggestion: that you do NOT use the Search blank but click on the Search Options link just to the right of it, which is more reliable. Type his name into the space for Organizer and my proposal will come up. Click on the proposal title and you can see what I am doing. At that point, you will be required to register in order to vote. It is quick and easy.
5. Help by voting thumbs up as often as you are willing. Also, post comments and questions for me about the proposal itself on the blog space at the bottom of my proposal. And bookmark my page and you don’t have to go through all of the above again.
South By Southwest expects its applicants to show initiative in getting their panel presentations approved. So, please give me a hand!
So, lets get Merrill a place on the ticket....lets get the Diocese of Texas a voice at South by Southwest!
- "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
- "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
- "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
- "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
- "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
- "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
- "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
- "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball