Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Sparking "Aha" Moments

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Sparking "Aha" Moments

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Social media can transport us to places that we couldn't otherwise go.

IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT we exert our evangelical voices-for peace, respect, religious understanding, cooperation, reconciliation-into the popular political and social discourse that's going on about foreign pol-icy in war and conflict. We have to really understand that we live in two dimensions now. We have our real-time, academic, pastoral activism world, but then we also have another realm in which we can touch peo¬ple in the world that we have never been able to touch before. We can have a voice in places that we have never been able to have a voice before, with people that we would never otherwise meet.

We really cannot underestimate the power of social media to spark "aha" moments. When we think in terms of iconic change over time-the big moments in our national history and the history of the world-all of those moments start with tiny little moments: lit¬tle conversations, little dialogues, little quotes from a summit that you're sitting at. …

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