An Invitation to Live Tweet Lent
Dear Emergent/Mainline/Progressive Christians:
It became the custom of the early Christians to prepare for Easter with the season of devotion that we call Lent. Customs are funny things — they change as culture changes. This year, we would like to invite you to an experiment marking the season: A Generous Christianity Lenten Twitterfest named #sundaywisdom.
Every Sunday, either during the sermon or immediately following, we invite you to post wisdom from your congregations to create an alternative voice of justice and the Reign of God, non-violent visions of the atonement, different renderings of sin and human nature, and gracious spiritual practice than which our culture might typically expect to hear. We fully trust that there is exciting, energizing, and generous theology being preached throughout the nation. And it would be wonderful if the larger world knew what is happening in our congregations and communities and gatherings.
So, here’s the deal. During the Sundays of Lent, live tweet using #sundaywisdom. If your congregation has a Twitter handle, use that as well (if, of course, it fits in 140 characters!). We can create a Lenten polyphony of insight rolling across Twitter, as an invitation to ponder and wonder what God is doing among us.
I’ll be preaching most Lenten Sundays and will encourage people at the beginning of each sermon to turn on their phones and tweet. If you are a pastor or preacher, I hope you’ll do the same. If you are in a pew or sitting on a comfy chair somewhere listening, go ahead. You’ve got my permission. Tweet away. If we can make TV shows like Scandal a hit, surely we can lift the Scandal of the Cross up in progressive community this Lent!
With Lenten Blessings,
Diana Butler Bass
Author, teacher, CANA Initiator
Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012).