Facebook generates strong reactions, both for and against, yet arguably Facebook is by far the most widely used forum existing today. But what exactly does Facebook do and how can Quaker Universalists use it?
I see Facebook essentially as a self-curated newspaper and as such, through the mechanisms of ‘comment’, ‘share’ and ‘like’ tends to reinforce like-minded posts, from like-minded users. Simplistically it can work as an echo chamber reflecting limited set of ‘group-think’ views, Used carelessly or even maliciously this can become abusive.
However used with imagination and care, people from across the world can build a rich and unique collection of thinking drawn from personal experience, religious thinking, academia, philosophy, other commentators and the wider media.
As Quaker Universalists, we should not be afraid to be challenged by others with different ideas, rather we should work together to build new, richer, more fundamental common understandings. The vast majority of contributors will be considered and courteous, my hope is that the Quaker Universalist Group -UK Facebook page will give powerful support to our sharing of ‘that of God in every person’.