As some of you know, I trained for the ministry and received the degree of Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School, a theological seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly began today in Columbus, Ohio under the theme “Soar!” I noticed a bunch of my classmates flying cross country, and then I noticed they were going to the city the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly will be next year: Columbus, Ohio.
And so the Twitter hashtag for the CC(DOC) GA is #DisciplesSoar.
But what keeps my attention is a playful and cheerful parallel hashtag. If #DisciplesSoar is for the serious business, the #CampbellCon is for the fun stuff, for the relationship building and a knowing recognition that our awkward, wonky church conventions bear more that a passing resemblance to comics and sci-fi fandom. (The hashtag is a reference to Alexander Campbell, a wild-haired founder. It would be as if we had a hashtag #BallouBoatHome. But I’m sure we could do better that that.)
I mean, I wish we could be so playful. There are a few of us, but we’re on the magins. If we Unitarian Universalists, who suffer from debilitating earnestness, could put up with Twitter accounts like
- @DisciplesLeslie (Knope) — a pop-culture reference not about NPR
- @BobHeadSharon — their president, in bobble-head form
- @ZombieACampbell — a founder again, now eating brains
Dedicated to Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Mozart – “Leck mich im Arsch” #CampbellCon http://t.co/3pzGcrY3nR
— Zombie A. Campbell (@ZombieACampbell) July 19, 2015
We have @UUHulk, but rely rather too much on it. (Him?)
So put a pin in it: we could have more fun at General Assembly. It might even make the hard parts more bearable.
And best wishes to the Disciples in convention.
2 Replies to “Following the Disciples General Assembly”
Good to know you went to Brite. I did as well (2000 – 2003). Indeed, my divinity school roommate was @BluetoothTodd. As you may know, I’m now at UU Frederick (Maryland).
I would love to know more about the Bluetooth Bob subtext…