Thank you to Bert Medley for sharing a story with me in today's N.Y. Daily News entitled "Sermons on the Net Shared" by Charles Bell. The article describes a new service called Gather Heart where ministers can go online twice a week and meet in real time to collaborate with other clergy "to brainstorm, compose and polish sermon ideas, themes and texts. Groups form automatically as ministers log on, with three as the minimum number for participation." The website located at http://www.fvcommunity.org/gather aims to be a "nationwide online community of preachers committed to speaking prophetically on social justice issues." There are approximately 100 current members paying $100 membership a year.
This is a great example of technology transforming work that is normally thought of as solitary into a collaborative, group effort, enabling not only clergy to form a community and benefit from each other's ideas and expertise but, through the communication among spriritual leaders to, hopefully, build bonds among religious communities and spur people to action.