On the way to my kids' school we drive along this view from upper Market Street in San Francisco. And regardless of the weather I always say, "Girls, that's your city!" as a reminder of the gift of living in San Francisco. On days like today, being grateful for such a gift is not difficult.
In my hometown, Sacramento, for a press conference regarding the Toyota Nummi Commission that I am part of, memories flooded back as I strolled the Capitol Building halls. My mom worked for the CA State Legislature for 25 years so between my mom and the extended community that she was part of, I grew up running around this building. It also brought back memories of my previous life of wanting to grow up and be an attorney/lobbyist. I've discovered that I was not called to that type of work, but it sure was fun reminiscing.
This past week I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with the five Presbyteries of South Carolina (regional groupings of Presbyterian Churches) talking about "emergence," culture shifts, technology, church and social media. What a great group of folks. I think we had a good experience together.
Below are the slides that I used during the event. If you have been to other events that have lead, there are some common themes, but I am always updating and revising, so feel free to browse through and see if there is anything new.
Tomorrow the Blue Ribbon Commission that I am part of will be releasing our findings of the assessment of the economic, social, and environmental costs of Toyota's planned closure of the NUMMI plant. WHEN: Tomorrow, March 3, 2010 @ 12:00pm WHERE: State Treasurer's Office, Room #110 915 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814
Caught yet again in one of these snow storms to hit the south and facing a 5 hour wait at the airport, the sight of an open outlet is worthy of a might cry for joy . . . well, maybe not that big of a deal, but still pretty happy about it ;-)
It is hard to believe that only three months ago, this #tworship experiment began. It has been a wonderful experience for me, pawned some good conversations and enhanced my understanding of the possibilities of social media and faith.
But I am now the point of wondering about the future of this particular manifestation of #tworship. My initial burst of energy around it has waned and now it is time to decide if this was a holy MOMENT in time or some part of a larger MOVEMENT of a community. I am all for letting things run their course, but I also want to acknowledge whatever course we think is being run and do so with some integrity.
So help us get there, I offer these three questions for us to think about . . .
Questions 1 // What are YOUR reflections on #tworship: good, bad, ugly. - Almost regardless of the answers to the next questions, I am curious about what this has been like for you. I would be interested in knowing what this has meant to your own personal faith as well as larger ramifications that you think have taken place for whomever.
Question 2 // Has #tworship run its course? - Never one to keep things going for the sake of keeping things going, is it time to end it in this form. In an opensourse environment community like Twitter, it's not as if we can STOP people from using the #tworship hashtag, but I wonder if there is anyone/s out there that would like to take hold of this idea and help it transform into whatever is next? If not, I guess we have the answer to the questions.
Questions 3 // Are you someone/s who wants to take this on? - Now I am not sure how I will decide who I pass along passwords and account info to: Twitter, Facebook, Twubs etc. but at some level, I guess I have some responsibility to see that it is someone or a group of folks that I trust.
So . . . I guess that's it. I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing what is next.
“Peace it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Thank to all who have asked for this. This is a compilation of many different benedictions that I have heard throughout the years, no originality claimed, just some great opportunities to share it.
Go forth into the world
With compassion and justice in your heart
Give voice to the silent
Give strength to the weak
See one another
Hear one another
Care for one another
And love one another
It's all that easy
And it's all that hard
Now may the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ
The love of God
And the power of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, now and forever more