A late comment...but you were interested in anyone who actually attended the Colloquium....
I did attend; and as a new convert and former Lutheran found it very helpful;but in the long run, just another stepping stone on this journey with Christ that I is always new...and refuses to be measured...in any terms I try to gage it by.
My daughter( in her early 20's), and still a Lutheran attended the first evening with me.
She went to Vespers and to Christopher Orr’s presentation.
She said it was the most informative and interesting presentation she had ever heard...not only on Lutheranism, but on Christianity in general;
Quite a statement from a young lady who went through catechism/ Sunday School with some very good, confessional Lutheran pastors/ teachers; and also attended many "Lutheran Youth" functions that included high profile Lutherans, including Bishops, Pastors, famous authors, and a smattering of non-lutherans-like Rob Bell and Tony Campolo....
Also, even though he was not one of the speakers, she was also immediately impressed with Fr. Reardon and I think would have liked to hear more from him; she has picked up a few of his books.
The Vesper service was deeply and profoundly moving...in fact, left her at a complete loss for words (a first for THIS child of mine-who started speaking at age two and hasn't stopped since); she was essentially struck dumb by the beauty and reverence of the liturgy and prayer and to this day only speaks of it with few, but carefully chosen words...like a treasure that can only be kept and understood by the heart.
I think she went into the evening thinking she had "heard it all"; had a handle on what Christ and Christianity was all about; only to be taken by surprise by the depth and "meatiness" of the presentation, the many people she met and the discussions she took part in;
Seeds were planted that hinted that maybe there are still some unexplored depths to be plumbed in this whole Christianity thing...something that transcends "Lutheranism"/ cultural christianity/ or the constantly changing wave of trends that dress up christianity, making it more relevant, accessible, and acceptable to a more and more cynical and jaded human race.
She currently only attends church irregularly; restless and dissatisfied with most lutheran/protestant/ churches she has visited since moving away from home;
As with most young people her age, she is distracted with finishing school, finding work an upcoming marriage and plans to start a family.
I am hoping what she heard and experienced will stay with her; and when she gets to that point in life we all get to sooner or later-when in spite of all that you thought would give you some peace and contentment--well, just doesn’t; that she may remember those things she heard and experienced as a place to begin to search for answers to those spiritual questions and longings that surface; when God, always calling and seeking His children, refuses you the luxury of ignoring Him forever,