It is pretty impressive. A student had an idea. She wanted to do a conference on theology and popular culture. She needed to raise some money; she needed to persuade some distinguished speakers to come; and then she needed to advertise and ensure that people were there. And she did it: she did all this.
Congratulations then to Shayna Watson for organizing Theo-Con. Unfortunately I was at another day conference on Public Theology, which was organized by CACS and taking place in the Deanery. So I was not able to attend. However, the reports are really good. Jean Cotting wrote on Facebook "it was AWESOME! ... I found myself getting drawn in to one breakout session after another. They were really that engaging."
Perhaps the most important moments of formation do not happen in the classroom. Perhaps having the idea, making it happen - perhaps that is a key moment in Shayna's formation. In Shayna's case, it wasn't something the Seminary did for her, but something she did for the Seminary. It really is impressive. Thank you Shayna for the model and for the challenge.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D Dean and President