How do you stay in touch? How do you maintain contact with friends and loved ones, with strangers and world news, with colleagues and the wider church, with God and with yourself? Many of us in the RevGals community are bloggers, facebookers, tweeters, instagramers, and most definitely texters. But social media is only one platform for staying in touch…

artwork by my youngest
artwork by my youngest
  • Jan at Yearning for God celebrates the joy of postcards to send a quick note, especially while traveling.
  • Katyandtheword shares a fabulous graphic from the Millenial Pastor on the similar movements through liturgy and social media: gathering in community, hearing/reading the word, sharing stories with others.
  • At achurchforstarvingartists, Jan observes the importance of staying connected to the world and to individuals beyond the church, lest we develop “Church Brain.”
  • Sometimes we need the reminder to stay in touch with those we see every day, as Amy at Living Water(town) realizes while shucking corn with her daughter.
  • Katie of InsidedOut is staying in touch with God through the mosquito, of all annoying creatures.
  • Sharing photos of beautiful carvings by the monks at Mepkin Abbey, Liberation Theology Lutheran Kristin remembers to stay in touch with our immediate resources — from a fallen tree in the yard to the leftovers in the fridge.

“How are you staying in touch?” is a question not only about communication, but also of spiritual perspective and mindfulness. So how do you stay in touch? Share your observations, blogposts and appreciations in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Wednesday Festival: Stay in Touch

  1. Hand-written letters, postcards…to friends, neighbors, strangers who have been especially kind (like the shoe lady at children’s shoe store) and basically anyone I want to thank or express appreciation for… I don’t really know how to text (plus it costs extra) and my cell is for emergencies/home stuff only. Social media is a rather recent discovery…but I don’t care for it as much. Letter writing was/is a deep Sabbath practice, a way of saying thank you to universe and share joy or maybe struggle… It slows me down and connects me to larger world…penpals too. Plus, it keeps the postal service in business and I know too many people, including parishioners and a person who worked in the postal service who lost a child (townsperson) who it helps to employ. I even put stickers on bills– not because I am trying to be childish, but because I think that whoever has to open that bill deserves a creative smile…and it invites me to thank God that I can pay my bills. (Yes, I pay all my bills by mail, by choice. Something my hubby never understood, but it meant good fiscal discipline for me).

    In my former parish, I would send cards for birthdays, pick-me-ups, etc with very brief notes to say that I was thinking/praying for them…Our prayer group would also send cards and we’d make a special trip to pick them out at a discount card store. We’d even “hear back” from people. In my personal practice, I would tell recipients/parishioner or personal that this was my way of praying for them.

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    1. Wonderful, ddl! I’m terribly negligent with my own letter-writing, I confess, yet I value it so much for all of the reasons you’ve noted — the way letter-writing slows me down and nurtures gratitude for the wider world, the connection to those we love and those we’ve briefly met and even those (like someone on the processing end of a bill) we may never meet face-to-face. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Just a thought for those who might apply this to a Xmas tree in home or church: One year, all the postcards that I received went on our Xmas tree as decoration. It was VERY cool. Plus, it gave us something to do with those beautiful, thoughtful cards. We “revisited” the places we had never been on Christmas/Advent. Magical, really. Of course, that meant that we collected them during the year.

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