The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pastor ministers via Twitter

Keith Anderson (@prkanderson), pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Woburn, Mass., calls himself a "Twitter chaplain."

When a police officer was shot in Woburn, the ensuing manhunt called Anderson to minister to a community that was trying to make sense of the violence.

Recognizing many of the people who were tweeting, Anderson was able to provide critical information while the city was on lockdown.

"I realized that my role, not only as a resident of Woburn but as a minster in this community, was to try to offer some measure of solace and support and to point to God's presence in a horrific and confusing situation," he said. "So I began to tweet prayers."


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