Teaching Twitter skeptics, a template

Today was an experiment that seemed to mostly work. I often teach "Intro to Social Media" workshops in Church settings. Today, with the Louisiana Interchurch Council Board, I experimented with teaching people how to tweet using a paper template. I figured that folks from a paper generation would be more comfortable drafting their #FirstTweet by…Read more Teaching Twitter skeptics, a template

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A Prayer for Boston City Council

I was asked by my City Councilor Matt O'Malley (a politician proficient at using social media to connect with the people he serves- and a great example for religious leaders to follow!) as a constituent to offer a prayer of invocation before the Boston City Council began their work on Wednesday October 9,2013. I asked my Facebook feed what they would…Read more A Prayer for Boston City Council

7 Words: Facebook Pages and Defining your ‘Voice’

Old South Church in Boston's Facebook page includes the usual updates on their shared life. But a creative, participatory project caught my eye. Borrowing from The Christian Century article "The Gospel in Seven Words,"  their Facebook page offered their own seven word summations of the Gospel from clergy and members alike over multiple days. From the Minister…Read more 7 Words: Facebook Pages and Defining your ‘Voice’

Election Day Communion: Social Media & Christian Unity

A nationwide witness to Christian unity during a season of political division began not by councils of churches or denominations, but 2 Mennonite pastors and a lay Episcopalian in a swing state.  Election Day Communion puts forth a compelling vision: on the day when our country feels the most divided, invite Christians to come to Christ's…Read more Election Day Communion: Social Media & Christian Unity

They Will Know We are Christians By Our Snark?

They will know we are Christians by our Snark? Sunday September 16, 2012  St. James Episcopal Church, Greenfield MA James 3:1-12 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no…Read more They Will Know We are Christians By Our Snark?

Why doesn’t Church ask us to Check In?

My favorite neighborhood restaurant is Vee Vee. They serve locally-sourced food in a cosy space. They deliver by bicycle. Inside, they've added a new sign:. And so I did,  posting a photo of my tasty meal. I visit a lot of churches, more churches than restaurants. I've yet to see a sign like this in a church.…Read more Why doesn’t Church ask us to Check In?

Status Update: Massachusetts Council of Churches

(These are my Director's Report notes from the Massachusetts Council of Churches Annual Meeting "Christian Unity in the Digital Age" on Saturday April 28, 2012) It is good to be with you today. I give God thanks for the MCC’s Board of Directors, all who serve on the many working groups, and all who give…Read more Status Update: Massachusetts Council of Churches