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Thanks for stopping in. Pour yourself a cup o' jo, take a load off your feet, and check out what's here. You are looking at my ramblings about issues of faith, life and culture—they are my own and are not necessarily shared by those with whom I work, live or otherwise engage.

My journey has led my family and me across the country where I have been introduced to a lot of people and a lot of different ways of doing things. One passion, though, runs through all these experiences: building beloved and sustainable community. "Sustainable" community is kind of a strange notion, as communities (people) change constantly, and things are always in motion. So, the latest chapter of my life has led me to the notion of "impermanence"—not an idea that comes naturally in a culture that likes to build monuments to our greatness for future generations to view and admire. But, I'm trying to practice my awareness of impermanence—the idea that nothing is permanent, nothing is forever, and things are always in flux.

Feel free to share your comments and engage in any conversation that may be happening here, but just know that I do reserve the right to delete any spam or anything I deem inappropriate or offensive. I look forward to dialoguing with anyone who cares to dialogue!

Peace and blessings,
                   Eric Ledermann

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Social Media and the Church #ga220

Emily Hope Morgan (@PresbyEmily) shared with a group her journey into social media and how that may or may not affect the church. The question posed is how can churches and pastors really use Twitter or Facebook.

Mostly it’s a tool to connect with colleagues, friends, members, according to Andy James (@andyjames). Emily shared that pastoral care is happening more and more via social media as people seem more comfortable posting concerns online than sharing in person.

More and more people, often younger folk, are using social media it as a substitute for face to face social interaction, but to expand their connection to others, whether known or not. Is the generation gap expanding and contracting at the same time? As the social media world changes dramatically and quickly, more older people are trying to engage.

So, how does your church use social media? Does it work or have there been problems? What does it mean to be a religious community in an age when more interaction is happening online than in face? Is it increasing communication, or is it creating isolated islands of sameness as folks congregate online in secluded groups behind passwords and locks?

Here at the General Assembly YAADs have created private networks where they can communicate across the assembly without anyone else knowing what they’re saying. The question remains: is this helpful or does it isolate them more without realizing it?

I ask these things not to make a statement but to really ask. I imagine there are pluses and minuses.

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