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Is Facebook...church?

Meaningful connections may not be enough

I’ve been feeling guilty lately about spending so much time on Facebook. And wondering why.

Simply put: I think Facebook is better at being church for me right now than my brick-and-mortar church. Or, more honestly, perhaps I’m better at being at “church” on Facebook than I am at my congregation. Does this make any sense?

Jon Sweeney wonders about his Facebook
Jon Sweeney wonders about his Facebook “congregation”: Is it more real than the one he attends on Sunday...or less?
My congregation is a fairly typical mainline American church. In other words, there’s nothing freshly wrong. I’ve been there for 12 years, and it’s kind of the way it’s always been.

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