Sometimes technology bridges the divide between time and space. Other times it creates a divide among those who are sitting right next to each other. There is nothing inherently “good” or “bad” about technology. Like most things, it is the intention which we bring to the utilization of it that most impacts whether technology enhances or detracts from human connection.
After months of planning, today we launch our new website. Why? Why not just keep things the way they were?
Great questions…I asked for this new platform to expand our sense of community among those of us who are already connected to Holy Spirit. Also, to reach out to people who may never physically participate in our life as a parish, but may be interested in what we are doing, saying, reading, teaching. It is a bridge for guests to gently prepare the way to join in.
We will post on this blog. I’ll use this space to share stories, spiritual reflections-who knows? Others will be able to muse about what they love or find frustrating about life as a parent, or musician, or seeker. Those who guide our children can update us about explorations in the atrium. Perhaps some of our wizened elders will offer tips for navigating the dark nights of the soul. Imagine, just imagine…hearts, and hands, and souls connecting.
Isn’t it kind of freaky to think that this is a new manifestation of following Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations?” (Mt 28:19)
What you are experiencing on this site today is a first step…a great first step. One of the benefits of the platform we have incorporated is that it is simple to navigate, easy to change. As our ministries or educational offerings change–the message will reflect that. If something important is happening– folks will know right away. The intention is connection! I hope you will stay connected. I hope you will invite others to connect to us.
Explore what we are saying, doing, hoping, praying on this site. What do you think? Have suggestions? Gripes? Compliments? Don’t be shy, your opinions and ideas matter greatly.
Many thanks to Nick at Status Forward! You are an awesome techno-visionary partner. Thank to the HS team–Mandy Golightly, Tara Portney, Toni Nash, Allyson Agee, Chip Arn, and Malcolm Marler. This has been a great group effort.
A prayer for our community Gracious and loving God, we give thanks for the gift of community. For those who have been a part of Holy Spirit since before it was formed, to those who have yet to come. Grant us the grace to listen devoutly to one another, forgive one another, to celebrate joys and sorrows with one another. May we seek and serve Christ in ALL persons. May our worship draw us closer to You and may we lift our hearts and lives in thanksgiving to the innumerable gifts you have bestowed upon us. Give us the courage and compassion to follow Christ, reaching out beyond our natural boundaries and comfort zones. Draw us closer to, and draw those closer to us, hearts who desire life in Christian community. In Your loving name we pray. AMEN