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?)
We’ve already talked about being ‘passionate’ about what you do, and who you serve, and how you might communicate that …
Don’t forget also want words… though are many essays re balance between e.g. social action/sharing the gospel…
How are we equipped to live out the gospels/speak up online… what do we do to bring ‘good news’ to the world… especially loving others.. “ Can we live, today, as if that world were here already?”
Let’s not talk to each other only – what happens when we step out..
One big campaign this year … 2 mins
Couldn’t really get a signal there … but took photos and put them straight up on Facebook & shared with others.. Since looking out for opportunities to share more content.
See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIMSpEJoqUw
Think – what would William Wilberforce have achieved in age of Twitter? Would it have been enough (pros/cons)
Saw a suggestion to get a Facebook petition going … but another friend decided to go straight to Head of Corp Resp.. Which do you think is more likely to make a difference? Petitions have their place, but..
Which have seemed positive? Which not? Which have pushed you to action? Chat and create a sketch for a campaign that’s on your heart…
Petition sites, etc.
Tearfund’s first bloggers trip – from perspective of Tearfund supporters, knowing what would appeal to those in the UK - Looking for us to be ourselves, different range of voices, free to say whatever…
Looking to talk to people before we went to build interest – released press release, etc..
Range of stories – shared them throughout the day afterwards as we weren’t able to live-tweet…
Also Dave Walker … really interesting how hard found it to ‘cartoon’ … felt disrespectful…
Liz – ordinand in training – real interest in research, development & women’s issues…
How do our actions/behavior make us ‘ recognisably Christian ’ – standing as counter-culture, not sub-culture? Think about times on your TIMELINE (you know kind of thing – marriage, etc. – that stand out – could potentially be a ‘hook’ for conversation) … 2 mins to write the top 10 things in your life – can add throughout … just for you! Take some time to think about your life – can see from my FB timeline that it shows everything … so people can see the whole of my actions… but can also select ‘Highlights’ – what might your storyline look like – for time purposes – highlights!
Couple of ‘bigger’ projects – this one a one-man plan… has grown – though determined it will only be for the year…
3 rd year of @40Acts .. Simple daily acts/reflection, etc.
Think about what is possible with this – one of the benefits of not seeing someone ’ s face is can be easier to speak out against some more difficult things… ask more difficult questions, etc.. If can encourage people to encourage each other, check in, note that they ’ re praying for each other, etc. (normalising their faith also..) DM/PM – spaces in which personal support can be offered, niche groups can share more – e.g. depression, child loss, etc. – not geographically separated.
Question of time commitment – give 2-3 minutes to discuss the question – again no right/wrong answers, but possibilities for engaging without getting lost in the technology – ensure that you are its master rather than its slave… DISCUSS Mission should not be a guilt-response “done my quota today” to make ourselves feel better. Jesus: “Everyone you choose to love. Everyone you come across and choose not to ignore. Everyone God sends you. Everyone. The need to give sacrificially. Early church – was notable for its social care – looking not only after their own poor, but all … HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE FOLLOWING 2 ISSUES FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE?
We do need to think about how we ’ re going to deal with particular cases of cyber-bullying, and “ cries for help ” – have to be taken seriously but can ’ t put the responsibility all on one person... Again, this is a developing area, but I would look for churches to think about what they would do in such situations, and have specific people to contact (should be part of their overall policy, but social media maybe makes it easier for people to engage in these activities).
Cyber-bullying is one of the things that raises most fears … again, need to talk to kids about what constitutes bullying, etc. Raise awareness, give space to speak out – being aware that this can spread much faster, and invade the home in ways that previously bullying couldn’t…. Nancy Willard stuff about actually media causing a problem by over-egging stories of cyber-bullying… we need to step in, but gives people permission to feel ‘everyone does it’, or that it’s just something that has to be endured…
Do with others – accountability…
Also need to take time out to refresh ourselves … learn to delegate, learn to manage our time online, etc.. What can see as pros/cons of this? DISCUSS
How can we use online spaces to share the burden/collaborate, etc. http://www.rgbstock.com/download/fishmonk/miaHgsm.jpg
E.g. finding others with similar interests, experiences – sharing those online, making it easier to get together…
Also opportunity for another of my hobby horses – getting out of the ivory tower – can share Bible comments – live in a webinar, then afterwards in recordings, etc..
The church serves Jesus, not v.versa – as does social media – what does LOVE look like online? How do we KNOW that you are a Christian online? Do you have to tell us in e.g. your bio/tweets, or is there a way it’s obvious?
e.g. See what JP has been doing…
We have no idea if this writer is a Christian … but his letter has gone round Facebook, with lots of agreement (at least amongst those I know!)
Options to give = much easier – and we can all give more smaller donations, and they don’t cost the charities so much in admin … [think also text giving, etc.] Also Justgiving, VirginMoney, etc… - different charities may use different things – be clear about which are taking a cut…
How do we make ethical choices about our technology use/replacement/companies, etc. DISCUSS? Big topic… http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mgyW0jS/communication+4
This question a real challenge for me… DISCUSS?
Freecycle et al – give away your goods – e.g. half packets of things which even charity shops can’t take… can have some interesting chats with people as give goods over too! Stops waste so good for ‘living lightly’ in the world too…
What about sharing skills, etc. …
Give away your time…
Don’t feel overwhelmed… start somewhere…
AND REMEMBER… (famous author of Boundaries) Online – tend to experiment a lot – it doesn’t all work, but we need to blaze a trail, that others can build upon…
2.5 years ago Ian Aspin said this – still think correct – what would your 10 commandments re engaging online be?
These I WOULD like to share… http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/moses-sinai/
Give away your knowledge…
Come join us … love to get more contributors AND more people commenting..
Final word – remember – there is always a human being at the other end of the keyboard… think before you type… Questions?
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This work is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported License. 3 April: DO rd http://j.mp/ClickZone4 Dr Bex Lewis Director: Digital Fingerprint; The Big Bible Project Research Fellow in Social Media & Online Learning, CODEC, University of Durham
‘Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rightsof the poor and needy.’ (Prov 31:8).We want to take part and show our nationwho our God is.
@EnoughFoodIf• For those who want to know more, there’s a seminar at 3.45pm.• Do take a church pack back to your church – get them at the marketplace stand• Tweet your support #IF #SH2013• You may spot George Osborne on site on Day 5. Do not be alarmed. Image Credit: Twitter
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Love our neighbour as ourselves?“…Out of a commitment to an ideal of Christian relatedness that sees us all as God’s children, each worthy of attention and care.” (p.145)Where is the balance between conserving our sanity/deeper relationships, and ensuring that all feel valued? What about friendship ‘clearouts’?
Martin Luther King• “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Image Credit: RGBStock
Dr John TownsendThe best people in theworld aren’t those whonever fail – but those whofail and learn somethingfrom it. I hope that yourgoal in life isn’t to slidesafely into deathnot having screwed upmuch.
Some good advice from @ianaspin: Care for others - genuinely Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you Be ‘remarkable’, be different Earn the right to have others take notice of you Be grateful if ONE person cares what you’re doing Have something to say that matters Do stuff that matters – make an impact Strive to bring value to everyone you connect with Be fantastically generous with our time, money, and kindness Be outrageously committed to making the world better It’s all about relationships – build & nurture them Thanks @ianaspin (http://bigbible.org.uk/2010/10/the-eleven-commandments/)