Blogging from the New Conspirators (pt 1)

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 27, 2008

Well…technically I’m still on my way to the conference. My plan is to check in every day and blog about my experience of Seattle and the New Conspirator’s Conference…

I’m sitting outside of Starbucks utilizing $4.95/hr wireless access. So far, my journey to the conference has already been adventuresome. Our fellow community members Josh and Carmen Ellens are expecting their second child. And last night Carmen started going into labor (it is nice to know that our soon-to-emerge son will have a friend roughly the same age).

Amy and I were set to watch their first child, Mateo. And so, last night we kept getting phone updates letting us know whether or not “early labor” had shifted into “active labor” enough for us to come over and watch their son. The call came in around 6:30 am. Just enough time for Amy to drop me off at the light rail station (to go to the airport) and rush off to help our expecting friends.

So, while I am on my way to Seattle, my dear friends are having a baby. I feel like a “fish” for bailing on them to go to my little conference thing. I’m sure Amy will do just fine watching Mateo for a couple days, but still.

Here I sit, sipping a Starbucks Honey Latte (which means that I am contributing financially to the Starbucks Coffee Empire), waiting for my flight to Boise, Idaho. I’ll be in Boise for 5 hours waiting for my final flight to Seattle, where Eliacin Rosario Cruz will pick me up and take me to the Mustard Seed House community dinner.

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3 Responses to “Blogging from the New Conspirators (pt 1)”

  1. Steve K. on February 27th, 2008 1:26 pm

    Even Christian anarchists drink Starbucks lattes … I knew it!!! ;-)

    Seriously, Mark, thanks for the transparency. I respect you even more now knowing that you drink Starbucks coffee occasionally, just like I do. (BTW — Did you know you can get fair trade coffee at Starbucks — for the same price as the unjust stuff — simply by asking for it? You have to wait a few minutes longer, because they have to make it fresh via French press, but I think it’s worth the wait, don’t you?)

    Anyway, I wish I could be there with all of you at the New Conspirators conference. I’ll look forward to living vicariously through your blog posts.

  2. dydimustk on February 27th, 2008 2:31 pm

    Hey, thanks for ‘liveblogging’ I’m really bummed I can’t be there, so I’m counting on you!!!

    Also, hop in and pimp if you get a chance. I could use some help spurring conversation there.


  3. Mark Nielsen on February 28th, 2008 9:43 am

    Seattle, the church’s new frontier… Boldly go where few have gone before, so that many more may follow, Mark.

    Any chance you’ll meet Donald “Blue Like Jazz” Miller? I’m still trying to sort out the distinction between emergent and emerging (like a lot of people), and where he and Mars Hill and a few other Pacific Northwest tyupes fit in that spectrum.

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