Sunstone this year left me delighted, exhausted and emotionally raw. I bled three panel presentations out of myself, slept an average of 4 fitful hours each night and met wonderful, wonderful people and then had to leave them a short time later with no clue when we’ll meet again. I worried about Jana until she barely and painfully made it. Finally, we dropped off two of my best friends (GameBoy and CatGirl) for two weeks with grandma.
That said, I feel revitalized. My creative and spiritual batteries are restored. I feel inspired by the incredible people, new friends and old, with whom I had a chance to mingle. I’ve regained my energy and enthusiasm for supporting the feminist cause in the LDS context and for ministering to the struggling agnostics and atheists in church settings. Even my commitment to Quakerism was strengthened by a chat I had with Susan Skoor, Apostle in the Community of Christ. When I mentioned the similarities between the two religions, she said that they were inspired to become a peace church, following the examples of the Quakers, Mennonites, and the Brethren (i.e., the Historic Peace Churches).
To top it all off, Jana continues to heal quickly, though the weekend certainly took its toll. Her leg may be a bit stressed, but the whole person is certainly in a better state for having participated.