In the tireless (and sometimes tiresome) debates over social media, I
come down pretty firmly on the “pro” side. Of course, that doesn’t mean
that I’m enthusiastic about every use of these media, any more than newspaper diehards necessarily find, say, Page Three to be a worthy end for newsstand dollars and dead trees.
For instance, this
seems like an especially poor use of Twitter. Twitter can be useful to
churches in countless ways not immediately related to worship life, and
even a silly liturgical innovation like a tweeted Stations of the Cross seems pretty benign to me. But communion via Twitter? I’m not one to go all book-of-order-thumper every time someone gets a bit loosey-goosey around the altar, but this is seriously stretching the definition of “altar” and, especially, “around.”
your sacramental theology, it doesn’t seem like there’s much left
without physical elements and physically gathered people (i.e., two or more—yes, I’m in favor of bringing the elements to the sick and homebound). I like Dave Allen’s comments, especially this:
is] a community that's as real and tangible as any local neighbourhood
and we should be looking to minister to it,” [said pastor Tim Ross].
[Dave]: No, you are confusing 'tangible' with 'popular'.
right. I’m not sure how I’d go about making the case for a Twitcharist,
but I might start by not referring to a virtual community as