social distancing + social media // Week 2 // Lent Digital Declutter 2020
Week 2 of my Lenten Digital Declutter with some thoughts on social distancing, the difficulties of this week given the COVID19 pandemic, live streaming online church @ogumc, & our innate desire to connect with others.
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In order to have a more meaningful Lent I am resolving to do “less, but better” through a Lenten Digital De-clutter using concepts from Greg McKeown’s “Essentialism” school of thought and Cal Newport‘s writings on “Digital Minimalism.”
In what may seem strange, I’ll be writing and vlogging about it in order to keep me honest in an accountable way and to share my attempt to have a more meaningful Lent through this Lenten Digital De-clutter in order that I might do “less, but better.”
“Juden” // Rev. Dr. Dana Everhart’s reflection on the Garden of Exile at the New Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.
// this film is a part of a series sharing our Continuing Education group’s experience in Germany (Berlin, Chemnitz, Fürth/Nuremberg, Göppingen, Albstadt) to learn about resistance, healing, reconciliation, and asylum seekers & refugees. Our group seeks to be “Intellectually Curious, Socially Holy, and Conscious” and to explore ways that we might help pastors, institutions, and other groups to appreciate people of difference and work together across lines of race, class, and other boundaries.
This 2 year initiative is funded through the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Academy of Clergy Excellence (ACE2) Program. http://ngumc.org
There are a variety of times I’ve come to this iconic photography landmark of Atlanta–the Jackson Street Bridge — which is just past the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Site and overlooking Freedom Parkway and the Atlanta Skyline. Most every time I’ve come here to look at this epic Atlanta vista, I’ve come with a camera (or two) in hand. This most recent visit Friday visit was to see what it looks like in the only time of day I had not yet been there–midday–to see how the light falls.
My favorite time to come by (like most everyone else in ATL) is to come at sunset (come early before sunset and come hungry to stake out your spot as folks line up with everything from fancy DSLRs to Cinema Cameras shooting music videos to cell phones capturing selfies. Also, it looks great in early morning light — and is much less crowded!
“GaLovesRefugees” on Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta Skyline, © Joseph McBrayer, 2019
Here’s another capture from the same place on Jackson Street Bridge at night for a project in 2016 with long exposure (30s?) and light trails from the traffic and a plane in the dusk sky.
“let the night begin” on Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta Skyline, © Joseph McBrayer, 2016
“Kids are full of life and wonder.
They embody the creative spirit.
We want all these things as grownups.”
– Len Wilson in his book
Think Like a 5-Year-Old: Reclaim Your Wonder & Create Great Things
It is important to practice self-care in doing this Christian life for the long haul.
It is important to have a keen sense of self-awareness and knowing when you need —it is absolutely essential to our faith and to our lives.
We need to find ways to include the contemplative in our life—practices that slow us down, and help us reflect, rest, and learn–space to be able to wonder as we wander this life and journey of faith.
For Christians, spiritual practices of contemplation, prayer, reflection, and stillness help propel us as leaders into the community—these practices of reflection and contemplation help ground us in God’s Love and in our true selves.
From this place of stillness and stability, which is found in a sense of belonging in community, we have a communal capacity to act and risk in living out our faith.
“When you know someone by name, you give them more value.” -Daniel J. in the Mobile Soup Kitchen story that we created for Laity Sunday at Oak Grove UMC to highlight the work of Lay people and volunteers.
I’m honored and proud to have helped share this story through film.
To get involved:
Thurs 1pm: Sandwich Making in Oak Grove Fellowship Hall
Friday 11:45am: Mobile Soup delivery beings at Oak Grove Kitchen and goes to Mercy Community Church on Ponce at ~12:15/30pm — contact Virginia Sowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Daniel, Virginia, & friends for sharing this remarkable story of mutualistically encountering welcome, kindness, & Jesus through the work of the wonderful community and people at Mercy Community Church and Oak Grove UMC.
// Music is “Human Qualities” by Explosions In The Sky.
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