I’ve just taken (a very small) part in a live online lecture about preaching in the digital environment from Durham University. It was really interesting.
Some very good things being said about the nature of online communities including issues of avatars and trust.
I’m left reflecting on the way in which technology of this kind can be used as a bridge between cultures. One of the big questions for me is how much of the inherited tradition is it necessary to retain and how is that done without compromising the incarnational nature of the ‘sermon’. In that sense it’s the same question that I often struggle with when i’m involved in ‘Fresh Expresions’ conversations. If the established Church is to support these initiatives how much of them does it need to understand? Where is the common ground for these two cultures and how can it be expressed in such a way that both can be aware of it’s presence?
more to follow i’m sure!…….