Crowdsourcing Jesus. I feel like UNCO is where I go once a year for church. Even when I am leading worship, I often feel like I am curating someone else’s spiritual practices. And in some situations, that is precisely what I am doing. But at UNCO we all come together and what happens is the Body of Christ in the most compelling manifestation I’ve ever experienced. Creative, anarchic, generative, beautiful.
Generative. UNCO is where so many great idea’s come from and so many things begin. One of the raddest things is so much can be generated when part of the purpose of the gathering is to explore the ideas that come from the conversations and work on the ones that, as Carol puts it, ‘have legs.’ The idea for our book ‘Never Pray Again’ came from a conversation at UNCO. Brian’s new church plant largely comes from conversations over the years at UNCO. And those are just 2 of them. So often when I go to conferences at the church (especially the ones about the future of the church) it stops at cool conversations (or just complaining about the church), but at UNCO we search together where all of us are experts for ideas that can help to reshape the church landscape today, now.
The People. Unco involves a high-degree of self-selection and those who you end up staying up all night with playing Cards Against Humanity, solving the great dilemmas of the church, or just drinking and baring your souls together, are people of the highest caliber. Saints. For good and for ill these are the people I want to wage this era’s battles with.