There’s been a good deal of conversation lately about whether digital/online community is “real” community (ironically, most of this conversation has been happening—you guessed it—online).
It’s an interesting question, though…is there something inherently different about groups that meet online vs. those that gather in person? Does everyone have to be in the same place at the same time, or can engaging with and discussing content asynchronously create its own kind of community?
And perhaps the biggest question for faith communities: can we experience Divine Presence (whether you refer to that as “God” or by some other name) in virtual spaces as authentically as we can in physical ones?
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll discuss the ways in which we as an online community encounter Divine Presence both corporately and privately, and whether that experience is materially different than it is for in-person/physical spaces.
Join us this Sunday, Feb. 20, in the New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub for a conversation about the unique challenges and opportunities of online faith communities.
6:00pm EST: Happy Half-Hour (informal meet & greet time)
6:30pm EST: Presentation & conversation begin
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