Some of these are serious – during the Iranian election protests a hashtag was developed so that protestors could share information with one another and with the world. Some hashtags are admittedly trite and some are even crude. Some of them are spiritual…
And some are amusing! Over the weekend one of the latter was a #LessAmbitiousHymns hashtag which took off, with contributions from around the world. For some reason, though, the majority seemed to come from here in the UK. That could raise the question, do religious Brits have a better sense of humour than those of a religious persuasion in other nations, or do we just have more experience of how to get away with less ambition in our religious walk?!
My own take would be that we know how to keep one hopeful eye on heaven’s blueprint and one ironic eye on day-to-day reality…and can find time to laugh at ourselves for the discrepancy!
So, in the immortal words of Julie Andrews in “Sound of Music” “These are a few of my favourite [#LessAmbitiousHymns]”
paul_romsey Go tell it on the molehill #lessambitioushymns
derbeian Sideways Atheist Pacifists.
If you have any favourite “less ambitious hymns” you want to add to the list and you are not on Twitter, feel free to add them to the comments below!
Here is a video of jazz icon John Coltrane performing his version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favourite Things”: