following up on the last post what i was really saying is we need more imagination!i thought it worth following up with a few further thoughts and links reflecting on what happens when church is online.
this is actually not a very new conversation though it is a new experience for many. i was absolutely delighted to see that tallskinnykiwi has re-emerged online. he is someone who has pioneered, experimented and blogged about this for maybe 25 years? anyway he has started a series on transcoding church. after an intro the first post is zoombombing in historical perspective. he points out that radio broadcasting was innovative and with enforced separation in WW2 broadcasting services became a big thing. fast forward to new digital media and it's less about broadcasting and much more participative (or at least that's the theory!). i love this thought he has
the greater amount of interaction from participants, the greater the loss of control from those hosting the event.
on the subject of control i have seen what i consider to be absurd conversations online about communion and people sharing bread and wine in their own homes and what the rules might be. of course you can! get on with it - i wonder sometimes what on earth the church thinks it is doing. how has it morphed into this system of control? i think jesus was quizzed by religious authorities about his own practice which threatened their system of control and they asked 'by what authority do you do these things?' to which he gave a genius answer. so if someone says to you 'by what authority do you do these things?' you're in a good tradition! i think i'll come back to some ideas on this in a later post but the table in your own home is a wonderful location for it.
someone else who has reflected and published on faith, religion and spirituality online is heidi campbell so it was great to see an article pop up summarising her findings about building religious community and doing church online. it's well worth a read.
pete phillips who runs codec has also posted an article the church (has gone) online which is really helpful and a good reminder again that this is not that new actually.