Living in the bubble of faculty, students, and academic colleagues I forget how really cool our job can be sometimes.
I just spoke this evening at the Unity Church for their religion lecture series. After finishing my presentation I was grilled for 40 minutes about the Luz Del Mundo organization based out of Guadalajara, Mexico. I rarely sit in front of an audience of non-academic adults (the over 30 set), and their enthusiasm for the topic was refreshing. While I understand that my only real claim to fame is having married a really good baker, today I participated in helping a few people understand the world around them a little better, and that feels really good. I get a little tired of academic panels where some @$ always gets up and says "I understand you only had twenty minutes, and I appreciate your focus was on topic X, but what I REALLY wanted to know was topic Y." Next time FAX me in advance, pendejo.
I think I will start a small series on Luz Del Mundo with some basic observations on this (alleged) Mexican religious juggernaut. With even the most basic membership numbers in dispute, this baby is a real hot potato.