Reflections on Online Ministry
'Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them' This saying is attributed to Jesus and has been the basis of many faith-based gatherings . Does that still apply if we are gathered online? on Zoom? Covid has propelled online faith gatherings from a fringe interest of the few, to the only option for many. I was asked by OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation to write about my experiences of gathering with people online.
Like many newly ordained OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers, I wondered about ‘where to now?’ post-ordination. To whom do I minister? OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation offered a route to ministry not available to me as a woman within the Catholic Church. In choosing this route, I was making a conscious decision to be part of creating new spaces and ways to engage with those who might feel ‘over Church’ but not ‘over God’. I was excited by that challenge. However, I found myself with a certain envy of the post-ordination path within a more formal Church structure. To be assigned to a pre-existing community seemed very appealing, in spite of the many challenges such communities, and indeed the institutions as a whole, face. By contrast I, along with my newly ordained peers, faced the questions of where and how to begin? And with whom?
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