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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wednesday Festival: Genius Constellations

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, our BE 4.0 speaker for 2011, shared this blog post on today. I would say that RGBP is such a constellation, but you and I know of many others in our lives. Share your thoughts about the ways these arise, the effects on your life, the importance of Carol's blog or this one. If you want to include a link to your own blog in the comments here, use this formulation: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>

My Friend, Ruth Everhart, reminds me that genius constellations have often formed. They are pockets of brilliance, where we can see how people worked together and fed each other with their creativity. Whether it was the Harlem Renaissance, the Paris Impressionists, or the Delta Blues musicians, there have been points in history where men and women have gained courage and inspiration from each other’s ideas. They have stretched each other, making their friends into better artists, writers, and professionals.

There is another sort of constellation now, one that connects our brilliant ideas and passions through vast space. Through the Internet and our ability to publish our theories, disseminate ideas, and organize people through it, community forms and friendships emerge, and people who were once segregated are able to hear one another and live together in a different way.

Speaking to one another face-to-face, seeing the expressions, and hearing the tremble in each voice has not waned in importance; it is just that we have various other tools that can enhance our personal expressions and make our interpersonal communication even deeper.

Just as the printing press revolutionized the printed written word with its ability to disperse information in an inexpensive and efficient manner, we are experience experiencing the same sort of transformation in our communication. Now, connections of like-minded people no longer have to congregate in one location to communicate, share ideas, organize, and spark one another’s imaginations, but can instead form constellations of thought no matter how far apart their geographical locations.

Even with the dangers of on-line communications, and even though such communication is unlikely ever to completely replace face-to-face interaction, we recognize the that blogging and social networking communities can be important avenues for ministry and pastoral care, empowering people to communicate freely their ideas, passions, questions, and doubts.

Right now, these constellations are forming, but the men and women do not have to sit around the same café table in order for the constellation of ideas to spark one another. Where do you see them? What effect do you think all of this will have on the church?


  1. fantastic number of thoughts on this~
    cs lewis and tolkien were members of just such a stimulus setting with their group frm which we've all benefitted..
    'connections of like minded people no longer have to congregate in one location' twigged some thoughts. often it's difficult to find locals of like mind and the internet has enabled that very opportunity. we no longer are restricted to what we find locally or be relegated to isolation for thinking 'out of the box'. it's opening avenues in advancing new and creative changes in worship. i am part of 2 online alternative worship groups not only exchanging ideas, but what has worked, what doesn't, photos and vids of our efforts worldwide from australia to scotland. it stimulates new ideas and inspirits new attempts. it strengthens thru relational connection and transforms in the process. online worship resources have been created and are being used worldwide, not limited to one locale, nor are we limited to what we and our group can produce. which may be very limited if there isn't anyone with the talent or knowledge of how to produce what you're imagining!
    having my own blogs has directly resulted from online relationships and is resulting in more. as well as being an opp for H Sp to do what God desires through its online presence...
    thanks for reposting (:
    cheers to the 'new things' God has in mind!

  2. Hi, Infuse...thanks for sharing. these are great thoughts and exciting to hear about.

    I will be visiting your site as well...lots of good food for thought there as well!

  3. I was blogging about online communities earlier today.


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