Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Get ready for General Assembly Buzzword Bingo!
So you've been reading the Program [pdf; 1.5M] of the upcoming General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations — otherwise known as "GA" and "UUA" — and wondering what all the acronyms and peculiar phrases mean. On page 17, for example, one workshop advertizes a speaker as "SWUUC DE"; another says "ICUU: Why Your Faith Matters in the World" — but never explains what ICUU is. Any other page could be as illustrative: Unitarian Universalists love acronyms; they are for us tangible signs of a spiritual and inward grace that we only receive by going to three or four General Assemblies. So don't worry!
But Phil Lund, while making a serious point about the pitfalls of buzzwords, nevertheless gives me the idea of suggesting that we all play Buzzword Bingo during the plenary sessions. It's easy: During Friday and Saturday's plenaries, draw a grid with five rows and five columns. Then, whenever someone uses an acronym, buzzword, or bit of jargon — even if you know what it means — write it in one of your squares. Then, at Sunday and Monday's plenaries, it's time to play. When you hear someone use one of the buzzwords you've written on your grid, cross it out.
If you get Bingo, however, please don't step up to the procedural microphone to announce it to the moderator. Instead, come back to Philocrites and tell us all what five buzzwords lined up for you. You could be the next BB King — or is that BBQ? And remember to ask all your new GA friends whether they're playing GABB. All the cool kids are doing it.
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 14 June 2005 at 6:10 PM