The Sacred Encounter: (from The Road to Daybreak)
Two women = changing history (always inspiring, but particularly so here)
“How can I ever let God’s grace fully work in my life unless I live in a community of people who can affirm it, deepen it, and strengthen it?”
Community is an endless fascination to me – I always sought to create it as a Guide leader, as an Oak Hall leader, and feedback was that people, who had come individually felt part of a proper community – if only for a short time. What I love is that social media has enabled us to extend the time of that community – some loose bonds, and some have developed into strong bonds – and that’s what I’m seeing happen among those that join Big Bible… and that’s what keeps me going! Once a couple of other large commitments are out of the way, the plan is to undertake research into what it means to be in community online – and what the ‘reality’ of that looks like… and the other day I wrote a piece on this for Bible Reflections!
Real time to get to know each other… and a lovely poem on Seed Resources!
Prayer: Never too old, never too sinful to meet God with hospitality/trust.
Advent Action: Offer “gentle assistance to someone in your environment who is in need: of praise, of a good word, of day-brightening laughter.”
Now off to see what Pam has thought about today – in our own little community – journeying together – many miles apart!!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.