I was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the first ever ΘeoCon (pronounced “TheoCon” but spelled with the Greek theta just to make certain that no one thinks this has something to do with the other usage that readers of this blog may have encountered).
The sub-heading on posters for ΘeoCon says “Where Theology and Popular Culture Meet,” and that was certainly an accurate description. The event started off with African dancing.
It featured speakers of a variety of religious backgrounds, most of whom were Episcopal – the event was hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary after all – but not exclusively so; and whose roles include academics, parish ministry, prison ministry, authoring comic books, and much else. Those roles, I might add, often overlapped – Chuck Robertson, the canon to the presiding bishop, is an academic and has been involved in producing films and comic books. He offered the keynote in the first plenary session, in which I served as moderator. Chuck is a good friend, whom I’ve known since we were doctoral students at Durham University in England.