Wikiklesia Project Underway
The Wikiklesia project has been birthed! I was invited by John La Grou over at microclesia to contribute a chapter to an online cooperative book that will be available for download in just a matter of weeks from Amazon. It is going to be a virtual, self-organizing, and participatory attempt to address the impact of technology on the church, community, theology, spirituality, etc. Several other authors have been selected. I am honored, humbled and nervous to be among them. You can read more about the project here, here and here. The proceeds from the sale of the book are going to Not For Sale, a campaign to end slavery in the world in our lifetime. The topic I chose to address is this, in summary:
Being a pastor of a local community, I want to explore how the idea of online community being virtual (not real, but seeming to be real) is not a symptom of the internet, but a condition of fallen humanity that finds expression even in our local churches and congregations. In other words, virtual is not an internet problem, but a human one. I also want to tie in the notion that the principalities and powers find their vitality and expression through the maintenance of the virtual model, locally and online.