The Rev. Timothy Cargal, Ph.D., serves as the Interim Coordinator, Preparation for Ministry/Exams for Mid Council Ministries of the Office of the General Assembly.
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From several comments submitted shortly after I earlier this evening published a follow-on piece related to the June 10 post, "The Public is Private," it is clear that it is in the best interest of all concerned to remove both the original post and the follow-on piece.
At a future point it will be useful to take up issues of the relation of public and private personas, of boundaries in self-disclosure, and the role of social media in these regards in our online world. But those points will need to be discussed in the absence of any particular case.
The immediacy and contextuality of blog writing remains new to me even after almost two years of writing "... the Land that I will Show You." I hope that through this episode I will better find the needed balance between particulars needed to illustrate and the general needed to communicate the point.
My prayer, as I expressed it earlier this evening, remains that God may redeem even online relationships as part of reconciling the world to the Divineself.
Blessings and peace,