I attended parts of the Methodist Texas Annual Conference this week in Houston where a good portion of Texas Methodists ministers and lay leaders become involved in the polity of the church. There’s a lot of good going on with reports of older endeavors, the launching of new projects and the always surprising new appointments of ministers. But one of the un-named functions of this get together can be found in the little bunches of people huddled together to renew acquaintance, share war stories, share intimate successes, tell the funniest stories in the universe and even cry a little. Then there’s valuable networking and new ideas from new people. Lots of politicking with actual soul searching about what the issues mean and endless counting of votes, but the real meat of the Kingdom comes when you meet a friend, find two chairs and share not only opinions but personal information. Right on, Greg.