It’s Setup Time in Tampa

GC2012 doesn’t start until Tuesday but the city is rapidly filling with Methodists and there are a bunch of folks who have already been at work for a couple of days.  People are running about creating exhibit areas, running cables to computers, and doing all the things necessary for an event that is part trade show, part concert, part worship service, and a large and involved legislative process that requires a dedicated computerized system to keep up with it all.

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