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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Getting ready for the Progressive Faith Blog Con.

I'll be on the road again this weekend — this time for the first-ever Progressive Faith Blog Con, Friday through Sunday at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. (If you register right now, it's only $25, or show up and pay $45 at the door.) I'm excited to meet people like Velveteen Rabbi and longtime correspondent Chris Tessone, and there are will also be bloggers from the Muslim, Buddhist, and Pagan blog communities. (XPatriated Texan deserves a big round of thanks for getting this ball rolling!)

My interests run strongly toward using blogs and other new technologies to facilitate improved interfaith dialogue and the revitalization of moderate to progressive faith communities, while many of the blogs represented are focused more on fighting the religious right or reviving the "religious left" as a political movement. It will be interesting to see how much or how little these interests overlap.

Some of the activist blogs and organizations at the conference are well known. Street Prophets's Pastordan will be there; so will the anti-right wing Talk to Action's Bruce Wilson. The religious left organizations range from the Interfaith Alliance (which produces Air America's "State of Belief" radio show) and Rabbi Arthur Waskow's Shalom Center to newer groups like the Christian Alliance for Progress and the Faith in Public Life Resource Center.

I'm a panelist on the "Talking Tech" session Saturday afternoon and I'll be leading the Christian bloggers' breakout group earlier that day. (I believe only two other UU bloggers are currently registered for the conference, so it hardly seemed necessary to have our own breakout group.) Here's the conference schedule; the panels will be broadcast via irc for those of you who'd like to follow along, and I imagine someone will come up with a way to track liveblogging from the conference.

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Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 12 July 2006 at 8:05 AM

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3 comments:

Seeking Sophia:

July 12, 2006 09:38 AM | Permalink for this comment

I had registered for this conference and was excited about going. My aim was to deepen my focus on liberal religious networking, learning more about the whole unfolding of the progressive faith blogging scene, and meeting some of the folks whose blogs I regularly read.

Alas, I have to officiate at a big memorial service this weekend.

Philocrites, I look for a good report from you! Enjoy. I will be there in spirit.

Chris T.:

July 12, 2006 11:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'm looking forward to it! I had actually hoped to meet you at the UU assembly in St. Louis earlier, but then I had to come over to France for work. So I'm glad the meeting will not be long delayed. :-)

Rachel:

July 12, 2006 01:41 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm looking forward to meeting you, too!

And as for tracking liveblogged posts from the conference -- perhaps we should agree on a tag for conference-related posts (progfaithblogcon seems like a good one to me) so that folks can easily track those posts via Technorati and del.icio.us...



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