For our next upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, October 7, we’ll be discussing the way we engage with and talk about the disappointing, harmful, and negative news stories we come across online. Our news and social media feeds are regularly filled with stories featuring the latest pastor making inflammatory remarks about LGBT people and corporations sharing their beliefs as well (and sometimes benefiting financially from it). Interactions can quickly turn ugly and we’re left wondering how we should engage with these stories or if we should even engage at all.
What draws us to the latest controversial news stories about the harmful and/or negative actions of others? If we decide to respond, what should we keep in mind? What motivates us to respond? How have our interactions online about controversial stories impacted us, our view of others, and our personal relationships? How have our responses as individuals and communities impacted or failed to impact the issues we’re addressing?
We hope to see you there!