The Spiritual Journey in the Internet Age

If you’re reading this you’ve entered one of the “religious communities” I inhabit. It may be you’ve learnt I blog through Facebook or you’ve gotten to know me through The Ship or GCN. Even though you may have technically gotten to know me via one of these you may have first come into contact with me at a meet, gathering or retreat organised via the above. You might even have met me at Greenbelt where all the worlds collide. There are various other permetations which might mean we ended up coming together in real life via online communications with yourself or others.

I am, as regular readers will know, currently on LPT training. The final kick up the backside God gave me on this one was a photo on FB which somebody had taken whilst I was leading a session at a GCN retreat.

This mix of spaces and religious communities and the way that they influence each other might seem wierd to some people. However, this is apparently just the way it is now.

I’m currently half way through a conference on how all this does and should impact our theology.

AKM Adam (who suprised me by being a middle aged bloke in a suit – partially because I’d read his name as AKA Adam and so was expecting a product of the DIY rave culture) did a great session with a poncy name which was better summed up by the sub-title “Ourselves, Our Archives and our Avitars”. Within it he said, “church needs theological anthrologists who’ve been there”. Interesting one for many of you reading who I’ve grown to know over the last few years to think about! – That dear people might just be us.

Will update properly on conference tomorrow. Apparantly though there is some sort of streaming on www.ustream.tv/channel/pmphillips.

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3 thoughts on “The Spiritual Journey in the Internet Age

  1. AKMA is a colleague and friend of mine at Glasgow. He was commenting on his Twitter that he thought it was a shame that even at a conference such as this (the one in London) that people distinguishing between ‘online’ and ‘real life’, when those distinctions are no longer meaningful. I guess the ways in which you and I know each other are an example of that!

  2. Not sure that I agree Anna, there are still many people for whom the distinction between online and real-life is a very real one. I share my time between several online communities and face-to-face ones (I prefer to use the term F2F to ‘real-life’ because I don’t see my online friends as any less real than the ones I interact with face to face… and in fact many friends fall into both catagories) but I am aware that many of the people that I interact with F2F still believe that online friendships are ‘virtual’ rather than real. We need to acknowledge that fact in order to know to counter that attitude.

    I like reading TGs blog and the comments because I am not used to online spiritual communities and I find it fascinating but I still approach it an an outsider because I don’t understand it

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