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Monday, November 17, 2008

Chemical Engineers in Philly: Christian Fellowship Breakfast

Over 5,000 chemical engineers are gathered in Philadelphia this week for the big annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Some early risers will be joining a Christian fellowship breakfast tomorrow Wednesday morning, Nov. 18 (6:30 a.m., room 301 of the downtown Marriott) where we'll hear a message from Professor Harry Ploehn of the University of South Carolina (he's Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering and Computing). I've been to these events in the past and have found them to be inspiring and thought-provoking. In spite of some fundamental differences in some theological areas, Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and other Christians who take Christ seriously have some remarkably similar experiences to share and often benefit in seeing just how broad the common ground is. I hope to share some interesting insights as I did last year.

If, as I fear, society gradually becomes increasingly intolerant of devout Christians, I think the common ground may become even broader and perhaps more firm. Nothing builds fellowship between Christians like a sold-out Coliseum and fresh pack of hungry lions.

Speaking of meals, there will be some great food at this breakfast - though a freewill donation of some kind (the $20 kind) is hoped for.

6 comments:

Noah said...
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Noah said...

"Christians who take Christ seriously have some remarkably similar experiences to share and often benefit in seeing just how broad the common ground is...

If, as I fear, society gradually becomes increasingly intolerant of devout Christians, I think the common ground may become even broader and perhaps more firm."

Wow, this has pretty much become the over-arching hypothesis of my life as of late (and from my studying, I believe it is the fulfillment of prophecy). I feel it so profoundly on so many levels. Finding others who feel the same way is...astonishing (and perhaps a little cathartic).

Thank you and sorry for mangling things.

Bookslinger said...

Jeff, I assume you're also staying at the Marriot if the conference is there.

Does the downtown Philly Marriot sell porno like other Marriot hotels? If so, have you registered a complaint?

Mormanity said...

I forgot about that problem in registering for the conference there, but checked and yes, they do. I did express my concerns at the front desk and the woman was very sympathetic. But the official policy - something about how you can have anything (legal) in this world for money - isn't going to change.

Bookslinger said...

www.CleanHotels.com is a good starting point to find porn-free hotels and motels.

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