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
— 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.