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Day 3 session on 'Be' for the Click Zone

Day 3 session on 'Be' for the Click Zone

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  • To those of you who are not familiar with Twitter – it’s a series of 140 character messages which gives great opportunities to connect/build relationships with those who are interested in similar things to you. Image: Screenshot
  • Today’s key verse suggested by Spring Harvest is … are we SEEING, HEARING, EXPERIENCING… if not .. If we’re not being refilled from the source, how can we share with others (in any space?)
  • Is it about being, doing? Is it about you/God? Is it about expectations? Is it about perceptions from others? What do you think people would be searching for online? Does it address your passions? http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/living_within_the_light_of_christ_as_children_of_god. FLIPCHART paper – words/doodles…
  • These are what is returned for ‘Child of God; (just a warning that Children of God returns lots of disturbing images related to a cult, so please do avoid searching for that…)
  • An exercise you might like to try later … envisioning what God looks like…
  • We’ve talked about returning to ‘The Source’ to know what Jesus says, but the internet gives exposure to a great range of ideas/philosophies – and here we look at some of them … some ideas that tie into the idea that God gave us passions to follow…
  • Are we being a caterpillar … I spend a lot of time working with people thinking about what it means to be a disciple online – by nature that will be those who are not afraid to talk about their faith online – though will do it in different ways…
  • Note: digital doesn’t mean doing everything online… take 5 minutes to sit in silence, and think about what you really LOVE, are driven to do, and how that might be viewed as God-given… not looking to share, just think, take time for yourself…
  • Today we’re encouraged to look at courage as another core verse.. Which in my head … about the courage to BE! [Coming from perspective of someone who felt unable to ‘be’ for many years… ]
  • So how do we define ‘courage’ … I like confident without being incautious… not irrational, but knowing what you stand for and going for it..
  • One of my passions – want to develop into a research project – is about being authentic/real online …
  • It’s where the name of my business ‘Digital Fingerprint’ comes from… others talk about a ‘digital footprint’ or ‘digital shadow’ – leaving traces behind (both feel quite heavy, possibly even sinister) – a fingerprint is unique, it’s totally YOU … the YOU that God created … so how do be ‘the best YOU’ that you can be…
  • Text from Spring Harvest material… http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/true-identity
  • Think it’ s hard to sustain ‘ authenticity ’ 24/7 online, are so many TRACES … (still entirely possible, but I think hard) … but also there ’ s a tendency to work hard on ‘ marketing ’ ourselves… (e.g. Romania … they go out and have studio photos taken for Facebook)… http://www.seedresources.com/view/images/identity-in-christ
  • Lives on display have done for years … in many ways online = much more ‘real’ than TV relationships – it’s 2 way… http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/audience-participation-hollypoulter-digidisciple/
  • Always remember that there is a human being at the other end of the keyboard - each uniquely created by God… and as is noted by many communicators is not what you ’ve said, but what others have ‘heard’ … not everyone receives the message that you send in the same way .. And one message definitely doesn’t fit all… we’re in the world of what is described as “the long tail”, where rather than being able to send out a mass message, we have to have more concern with individuals (which I always hope we as Christians do anyway, but…. ) – Google searches for ‘niches’ (small keywords/multiple entry points, etc.) So…
  • When we’re engaging with others online, or accepting ourselves… accept as we are… http://uminntilt.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/introverts-extroverts-change-takes-courage/
  • We may be the only Bible that some people ever see … What do your priorities appear to be? Does God seem to have a place in your life? Demonstrate life as it is, rather than how you wish it would be… Relentlessly positive? How do we also share some of the difficulties of life – be real, allow people to connect with us [some of best sermons I’ve ever heard are people telling me are how they’ve dealt with difficult times… demonstrated that they are still pursuing the answers… ]… sentences end in a question rather than in a full stop? http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/2dQMJYj/We+Are+Not+Alone
  • The ‘performance culture’ – online can all be driven by metrics, can end up defining oneself by numbers rather than quality of engagement…
  • Also purpose – to encourage, challenge, think through things with each other… how do we change ourselves, our community … and our nation/global?
  • What makes the gospel ‘good news’ to people of these different backgrounds? How should we adjust our witness and church life to fit their needs? Subject of some thinking days… including how do we ‘ contextualise ’ what we ’ re doing in the digital space – without compromising it… If we ’ re not confident in it (and I don ’ t mean knowing it inside out – I ’ m no academic theologian… part of setting up BigBible was interest in engaging…)
  • hyper-local, taking time online – not sending a quick tweet and thinking that’s fulfilled requirement to ‘be online’ in a space where many are… Want 2 show you 3 people who have particularly been placed in the digital space … 2 using only free software/their time/their own thoughts, whilst the other draws on a wide range of voices…
  • Brings us to the bigger question… which I want us to discuss – who is our neighbour… we’re in a church which talks a lot about embodiment, and Jesus came/incarnational… but we are part of a global world (look more in ‘do’ as we look at e.g. international efforts … think also we live in a world where people move around a lot – how does online allow us to keep connected/make longer term friendships, etc.? Think also – it’s a space where the past is continuously documented – what do we do with that knowledge? Place/location (geography, history, socially, globally) – being truly present where God has placed us – being willing to ‘stick around’ and commit to an area – how can we be a placemaker in the digital space? In ‘say’ we’ll think more about learning the etiquette of the online spaces… and seek to fill those with salt & light…
  • We can talk more about these tomorrow… but if you love surfing – can you be in a surfing Facebook page … how can that be authentic communication … not “ Bible bashing ” …
  • Final word – remember – there is always a human being at the other end of the keyboard… think before you type… Questions?


  • 1. This work is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported License. 1 April: BE st http://j.mp/ClickZone2 Dr Bex Lewis Director: Digital Fingerprint; The Big Bible Project Research Fellow in Social Media & Online Learning, CODEC, University of Durham
  • 2. https://twitter.com/drbexl
  • 3. Key Verse for Today:Key Verse: “What marvelous love theFather has extended to us! Just lookat it – we’re called children of God!That’s who we really are.” 1 John 3:1(MSG)
  • 4. ‘BEING’ a Child of God… DISCUSS: What words/images come to mind when you think about BEING a child of God? Image Credit: Seed Resources
  • 5. Child of God (Google Images)
  • 6. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/praying-with-a-pen-or-keypad-in-hand-johnschaplain-digidisciple/
  • 7. What does it mean to truly Be?
  • 8. Nelson Mandela• Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Image Credit: Wikipedia
  • 9. How does onebecome a butterfly?You must want tofly so much that youare willing to give upbeing a caterpillar.(Anon) Image Credit: Wikipedia
  • 10. Luke 6:45 (NIV)A good man brings good things outof the good stored up in his heart,and an evil man brings evil thingsout of the evil stored up in hisheart. For the mouth speaks whatthe heart is full of.
  • 11. The Legend of Bagger VanceInside each and every one of us is our one true, authentic swing. Something we was born with. Something that’s ours and ours alone. Something that can’t be learning… something that’s got to be remembered. Image Credit: Wikipedia
  • 12. Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach)If youre a Christian, seekingto walk in the footsteps ofJesus, youll approach everyaspect of your life from thisperspective. Yourcommitment to Christ willimpact your marriage,parenting, lifestyle, values,spending, timemanagement, vocation ... Image Credit: Gary Collins website
  • 13. Stephen Fry (via Twitter) Stop wanting wealth and fame and start wanting instead to do something well about which you are passionate. Image Credit: Wikipedia
  • 14. Kofi Annan (UN)To live is to choose.but to choose well,you must know whoyou are and whatyou stand for, whereyou want to goand why you want toget there. Image Credit: Wikipedia
  • 15. THINK: What are your passions? Image Credit: Seed Resources
  • 16. Jesus is…• … and therefore we are called to be… Courageous.• 1 Corinthians 16:13.• Be on Guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
  • 17. http://www.wordnik.com/words/courage
  • 18. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/authentic
  • 19. A ‘digital fingerprint’…
  • 20. Image Credit: Seed ResourcesOur identity as children…It is only out ofthis redeemedidentity, out ofwho we are inChrist, that wecan hope to bearfruit in the world.
  • 21. Image Credit: Seed ResourcesBeing ‘Real’ 24/7
  • 22. Putting our lives on display?
  • 23. Human Beings at Machines, not “aremachines” … http://www.sxc.hu/photo/192333
  • 24. Extrovert/Introvert?
  • 25. “If an alien visited…”… and all theyhad to see wasyour Facebookpage (or other‘public’ profile)..What wouldtheir perceptionof your life be? Image: RGB Stock
  • 26. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/whats-the-point-of-it-all-digidisciple-frdavidcloake/• One issue that I have with social media in a Christian context is the terminology. I am uncomfortable being able to count my own ‘followers’ and take no real pleasure from the knowledge that I ‘influence’ X number of people. The fact is, I am the follower and I am the one influenced.
  • 27. Why be online? @FrDavidCloake• Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positive way, I acknowledge that great use of all of this to my own personal discipleship. I am a broader Christian, a better informed Christian, a more readily supported and sustained Christian and for that I love this digital life. If that makes me a better Christian, then perhaps its purpose is served if a purpose exists and indeed if a purpose is needed. However, I shall continue to pray that someone, somewhere, can say with absolute clarity that because of this digital community, they came to Christ.
  • 28. http://www.eauk.org/church/campaigns/confidence-in-the-gospel/
  • 29. Where has God placed us?
  • 30. http://pamsperambulation.wordpress.com
  • 31. http://jacksdavie.wordpress.com
  • 32. http://tanyamarlow.com/
  • 33. DISCUSS: Who is my neighbour?• What does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in a world in which a ‘friend’ might as easily be the kid from down the street you grew up with as a woman in Botswana whom you’ve never seen in person and only know in the context of Facebook status updates, photos, and notes? What is the nature of community at prayer in a compline service tweeted each evening by the cybermonks of a Virtual Abbey? What is the ecclesiological and liturgical significant of worship in various churches across the theological spectrum on the quasi-3D, virtual reality site ‘Second Life’? How can we negotiate spiritual interaction in these contexts without losing sight of basic elements of Christian faith expressed in traditional embodied and geographically located practices of prayer, worship, and compassion towards others?• Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
  • 34. ‘Make disciples of all nations’• Do you feel comfortable in the online spaces?• Which particular spaces do you feel you can work in? – Platform? – Subject area?• Do you feel you can support those who are in the online spaces?
  • 35. Image Credit: iStockPhoto@drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible
  • 36. End on a PrayerFather, Creator God,You sent your Word, Jesus Christ, to reveal your love andcompassion to the world; you have called us to be his disciples, true images of yourbeloved Son,proclaiming his Gospel to all creation.His story is now our story.Keep usfaithful to what we have received, and generous in our sharing.Holy Father, we thankyou also for the gift of the Holy Spiritwhom you sent to sanctify and bless all you havecreatedand be the bond of love that unites all of us with you and your Son.Send forthyour Spirit upon us now.Purify our hearts and make us attentive to your promptingsthat we may be true missionaries in the digital world.Grant us the humility to seekyou above and before all other thingsthat all we say and do may be done in yourname and for your glory.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen http://www.ibenedictines.org/2012/10 /21/a-prayer-for-the-christian-new- media-conference-cnmac12/
  • 37. Thank you for your time &participation…