|Anglican Diocese of Athabasca Synod - Peace River Alberta|
Friday Oct 13 I drove 5 hours to Peace River to make a presentation at the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca. Bishop Fraser Lawton would love to see as many of his parishes as possible running Alphas. Many of the delegates are actually familiar with Alpha, although, having run it often in the moderately distant past, may not be so familiar with all of our new materials.
So Friday evening's dinner was turned into a model Alpha supper, including jokes and the showing of the invitational first video of the relatively recent Alpha Film Series. This version is hosted by Toby and Gemma, a hip young pair of presenters, and targeted at the Millennial generation, the 18 - 35-year-olds. I always say that baby boomers like it too because they too like to pretend they can still be young and hip.
Between Friday evening and Saturday morning I met many great people and found quite a bit of enthusiasm for Alpha. If all comes together, we may plan a coaching and training day for Alpha somewhere at a reasonably convenient location within the Diocese. When I say reasonably convenient, it's all relative. The Diocese stretches from Fort McMurray in the northeast down around Lesser Slave Lake, and back up to Peace River and Beaverlodge (a half-hour west of Grande Prairie). Driving time from one end of the Diocese, according to Google Maps is about 8 1/2 hours, so, as I say, convenience is relative.
I drove back home Saturday afternoon, in preparation to catch a plane to Alpha's staff retreat at Loon Lake outside of Vancouver in British Columbia.
I'll post a bit on that as well, but all in all, a fairly busy couple of days.