Home again, home again… is how the rhyme goes, I believe.
Last night Acton U closed up. Over 1000 people came from over 60 countries. I am always amazed by the diversity of the participants. The other days I was reading some bitter silliness about Acton U and how tribal and polarized it is. I was by a young Protestant pastor, black, with an earring and a Mohawk.
I heard last night that about 60% of the participants were Protestant, and I think many of them were of a charismatic stripe. It was spiffy to see Peter Kreeft field comments and questions from an evangelical Scripture prof.
After the events last night I had a chance to sit with Ross Douthat and swap views on the future, of American society and of the Church, and about Pope Francis. Then I found some other guys including a NYC firefighter (whom I’ve gotten to know over three of these conferences) and we all stayed up way too late. Cigars may have been involved.
One of the take aways this year is the strong sense of urgency that many of the participants feel. Some thing not so nice is around the corner. We have to prepare for it NOW especially through prayer and lots of good works.
Acton U will take place around the same time next year. It’ll be the 10th year and Acton’s 25th. Mark your calendars.
So now, it’s airport shuttle time. Ah the glamor of travel.
Meanwhile, “Economy ‘Comfort'”… not.
At least I was able to get on this flight, which cuts a couple hours out of my journey.