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ASA Annual MTG Question: Is time for fellowship lacking?
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12/16/2011 at 7:01:09 PM GMT
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ASA Annual MTG Question: Is time for fellowship lacking?
We have had a number of comments and requests here at the office about how our time at the annual meeting is more strongly devoted to academic rather than spiritual and social time together.

As an ASA member, how important is it to have time set aside for these things at the annual meeting?

How could we format our meeting differently to include more time to pray, meet, and discuss with each other?

If you disagree and think we already have ample social and prayer time, why do you disagree and what have your experiences been?

Last edited Thursday, May 23, 2013
7/3/2012 at 5:43:28 PM GMT
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a place to meet for socializing

     You ask good questions, Emily.  As explained below, I think the ASA meetings are great as-is (as they have been) but if you can find ways to make them better, socially and spiritually, they will be even better!

    Since 1990, I've been to 15 annual meetings of ASA, and they're my favorite conferences.  There are many reasons, but partly it's due to the structure -- arranged by ASA (thanks!) -- that encourages socializing: everyone eats meals together, and most of us stay at the same dorms.  This makes it easy, by contrast with other conferences where you must "hustle" and find a group to join for restaurants, and at night people are scattered at different hotels.

    With ASA, usually at night there are one or two "social areas" for those who want to meet and talk. The locations depend on local geography: where are the evening events held, is there an obvious meeting area near it, do the dorms have a general lounge (on the first floor, open to all) that is a friendly meeting place, and so on.  If some areas are not obvious to all -- for example, if one dorm is closer to the evening events or it has a more people-friendly lounge, compared with other dorms, so it's a good meeting area but those living in other dorms won't know about it -- this information could be shared in "general announcements", especially early in the meeting, at the Thursday evening meal, then at plenary sessions Friday evening and Saturday.

Craig Rusbult

Last edited Tuesday, July 3, 2012