You’re quarantined. You’re slowly losing your mind. Or worse – you’re essential personnel and you actually have to go out every day, slather yourself in antibacterial gel, keep your distance and do your job to keep your corner of the world running. What you really need right now is a safe way to connect that is more than just scrolling your Facebook feed for two more hours, or watching an entire series on Netflix.
Yup, we’re meeting on Zoom.
If you’re not yet familiar with the web conferencing tool that is saving our sanity during our world-wide quarantine, meet Zoom. Go sign up at Zoom.us, if you’re in the USA, or google it if you need to find the site in another country. Once you’ve got a free membership, all you have to do after that is click the links, which won’t change from week to week. Same meeting? Same link.
Who can attend?
You’ve never met me? You can attend.
You go to my church? You can attend.
You live in Australia? You can attend.
You’ve followed this blog for years? You can attend.
You’ve just found me on the internet? You can attend.
You were at my wedding? You can attend.
You can attend.
Way One: Spiritual but not Religious
Go to the meeting right now on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/542010222
2nd Tuesdays of the Month, 6 PM EDT
Despite the rampant religiosity it takes to be a priest, my heart is in the spiritual but not religious zone. For those for whom this fits well, I’ll be discussing A Course In Miracles on 2nd Tuesdays of the Month at 6 PM (EDT, which is gmt-4 for people not on the east coast in the USA, Canada, or Brazil). This is a brand new discussion group, and I’ve been a student of the Course steadily for the last seven years.
If you are interested but don’t have a copy of A Course In Miracles you can go and get an ebook of it super fast on Amazon. It’s published by the Foundation for Inner Peace.
Mama Bear Disclaimer: In the interest of keeping a safe space safe, if you hate A Course in Miracles and think it’s nuts, please don’t join. If you do anyway, I’ll ask you to leave. It’s nothing personal, no worries.
Way Two: Progressive Christian Conversations: Pub Theology
Go to the meeting right now on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/890153687
1st Wednesdays of the Month, 6 PM EDT
Let’s talk about God in a total free-for-all. It’s Pub Theology! But at home!
We meet on 1st Wednesdays of the Month at 6 PM EDT, which is gmt -4.
Mama Bear Disclaimer: In the interest of keeping a safe space safe, if you hate liberal or progressive interpretations of holy scripture and think we’re all going to hell, please don’t join. (This is very different from being intrigued by the idea of another interpretation but deeply worried we’re all going to hell.) If you’re full of hate and join anyway, I’ll ask you to leave. It’s nothing personal, and I promise to pray for you afterwards.
Way Three: Sunday Sermon, LIVE!
Go to the meeting right now on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/171102459
Sunday, 9 AM, EDT, password: hopelove
For my congregation, I pre-record our worship, which includes a 15-25 minute sermon which is about as liberal/progressive as you’ve come to expect from me, it’s just located inside ancient ritual.
For everyone else, I just give the sermon. It is often the same sermon. It always has something to do with love. This one is live. If you’d like to join in, feel free! The sermon is later posted to my youtube channel, so you can find them, here. (And the dedicated post on my blog is here.)
We meet on Sundays at 9 AM, EDT, which is gmt -4.
Mama Bear Disclaimer: In the interest of keeping a safe space safe, if you hate fresh interpretations of ancient wisdom, please don’t join. If you do anyway, I’ll ask you to leave. It’s nothing personal, and I promise to pray for you afterwards.
How is this quarantine treating you? If there’s something I can help with, let me know. Leave me a note in the comments, or email me if you need it to be more private than that.