Online Fellowship

Adele has been staying with Jen and I for the past few days, and I was just thinking about how many people call bullsh*t when talking about online relationships. The fact is, Adele and I had only spent a few days around each other in person, and that was back in 2005 during a few intensive classes at George Fox Seminary.

Since then, we've kept in touch via e-mail, blogging, Facebook and a little bit of phone.

And I feel like we're old friends.

Online fellowship probably can't healthily be all we should aspire to cultivate, as people of faith (although for some it may be the only option). There's something in flesh-and-blood that can't be duplicated via keystrokes. Desmond Tutu says, "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." But that doesn't always necessitate in-person contact. Not always. I'm amazed and blessed again and again by the friends I've made, and the friendships I've maintained, over such long distances.

I've said this before, and I'll repeat: thanks to so many of you who bless me and enrich my life through your ongoing e-friendship. I hope I may reciprocate.



Existential Punk said...

The feeling IS DEFINITELY mutual, Peter! THANKS for a fantastic visit and for your warm hospitality! i LOVE YOU!


James said...

I completely agree! I am wondering that if God was relevant in the Bible days with their technology....why can't He be relevant today with our technology? What, God doesn't know how to move through the internet and cause people to cross paths like was say He does in person? Thanks for posting that, Pete!

Sabio Lantz said...

Good points.
Also, with pictures and Skype and much more, the contact can be more and more full.
About a year ago I remember you mentioning your "on-line" friends. I liked that idea and about nurturing those relationships (though I often do it poorly). And recently I made a friends tab to list those folks.
Thanks for the idea.
Good post.

Peter said...

Cool, thanks for the support dudes!

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