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