I spent most of last week at the Ichthus Music Festival here in our backyard! No seriously, it really is almost in my back yard. I had the great privilege of hanging out with youthworkers in the Youth Worker Tent (called “Ground Zero”). I met some great people, made some new friends, shared stories with people and of course enjoyed the great party thrown by Ichthus! It is a privilege to serve together with the folks at Asbury Theological Seminary in this tent!
On Thursday I got to lead a seminar on the “Cultural Landscape” of youth culture. I mentioned that this is sort of like asking someone to sum up the plot line for the TV show “Lost” in a quick minute. I used a model borrowed from Jim Hampton (thanks Jim!!!!) as the framework for the approach. It is L.A.S.T.S. (Language, Action, Space, Time and Symbols). I also talked a little bit about issues of flow (where things are coming from and going to) for all of these categories. It was a lot of fun and I think spurred some good conversations among youth leaders there.
Ichthus is the oldest Christian music festival in the U.S. (world??? anyone know this?) operating in its 41st year! It started one year after Woodstock and continues to be one of the best! Great job Mark, Jeff, Doug, Kevin and the whole gaggle of others who were part of this great event!