I'll be heading to Melbourne for the first week of our two week holiday next week, flying the red-eye flight at midnight on my birthday (actually leaving 5 minutes into the day after my birthday).  Perth to Melbourne would be like Los Angeles to New Orleans - about 1,700 miles.

ACLE 3 Conference themeAbout 10 from our staff at Living Waters are heading to the Australian Conference on Lutheran Education (ACLE 3).  I'll arrive on Tuesday morning for the one-day international gathering of Lutheran educators including a few from the US that I know well and am looking forward to seeing.  Then ACLE 3 runs from Wednesday to Friday at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).  This is the most famous Aussie sports stadium - kind of like Yankees Stadium in the US.  Besides cricket, it also hosts the Grand Final (think, Super Bowl) of Australian Rules Football - which is actually being played there on the Saturday before I arrive.  I hope to visit the National Sports Museum which is on the site there.  The MCG is across the road from the stadiums where they play the Australian Open tennis tournament in January.

I'll presenting on the topic of "Weaving a Faith-Reflecting Digital Footprint" on Thursday afternoon.  I'll have Saturday free to sightsee a little before flying out in the evening and arriving home late.  Here's an interactive map of the places I'll be in Melbourne (click here to see it in a new window).