Of course, since these are tweets, the content is decidedly less spiritual than one might expect given the focus on beer and church. For example, the most common example of a “church” tweet was simply a report such as “I am at _______ church”. More amusing are what we characterize as “competitive church going” when one person replaces another as the Foursquare “mayor” of a church. “I just ousted Jef N. as the mayor of Dallas Bible Church on @foursquare! 4sq.com/5hNW6x”
This of course echoes the Sermon on the Mount and the famous verse, “Blessed are those who check in for they shall inherit the badges of righteousness.”
— from Floating Sheep, in an article that maps geographical incidents of tweets of either “church” or “beer.” But how many tweets with both church and beer?
A few years ago I was working as the newsletter editor at a Unitarian church. I happened to be working in a time of staff reorganization. The highly active volunteer church board had posted its goals and objectives around the church. All of the objectives were based on the idea of growth. We needed to do x, y, and z in order to grow.
What struck me at the time was that there was no explanation of why we needed to grow. Why was a larger membership needed? What could we do with more people that we could not do at our present size?
This is an older guest post which appeared on the Fighting Monkey Press Blog. Read the full article on our bias that bigger is better there.
"Attending my new church was like having a weight lifted off my chest. I was free to commune with God as a whole human being. I could bring all of who I was to the altar and really worship Him. The whole experience deepened my relationship with Christ…Spirituality shouldn’t hurt. When we go to church to worship God as gay Christians, we shouldn’t walk away feeling bruised and battered."
— Darian Aaron
I read in Google Books a line from an article from 1911 which I thought was quite a brilliant observation and a metaphor for something or other: “The Puritan meeting house had a steeple a hundred years before it had a stove.”