NEW BISHOP OF DURHAM ISAN UPPER CLASS TWITTERER

From THE CHRONICLE:

This week the new Bishop of Durham Justin Welby is touring the region before his enthronement on Saturday.

For many the Church of England has been out of touch with the ordinary man or woman. The Tory Party at prayer, it has been scornfully labelled. Strangely enough, an Old Etonian, who spent 11 years in the oil industry, eventually becoming group treasurer of Enterprise Oil PLC, may be about to change all that, with the aid of 21st Century social networks. He is inviting the region to have their say on what they want for their communities via social networking websites. As well as giving people an easy way to communicate, people are also being invited to send in prayers.

He said, “We see social networking as important because it’s a whole new way of attracting people to the word of God.”

COMMENT: I notice he's still posh enough to use the "royal we." We'll have to wait and see if he will turn out to be a bishop prepared to utilise new technologies in radical, open and imaginative ways or if he is just out to make them an extension of a boring, conformist, privileged, judgemental and frightened church.

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NEW BISHOP OF DURHAM ISAN UPPER CLASS TWITTERER — 8 Comments

  1. True. But I’d rather get a job after I’ve insulted them. That way we’ll all know where we stand, I won’t have to pretend to be something that I’m not and they’ll be no nasty surprises. If they would prefer me to be someone I’m not then I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway.

    To be honest, I’m working on the basis that they will never get in touch anyway.

  2. There is always a price to be paid for honesty. Still, if the CoE hierarchy really wants to have someone who understands how to do modern network based communications you are the obvious choice. If nothing else a smart bishop could offer you a staff gig, designing and operating the blog/fb/g+/twitter communications and getting the parishes up to speed. I think you would be great at it.

    No it would not be the rector gig you want, and no it would not be easy for the bishop who would have to put up with you. But it would work.

    Just thinking a bit.

    FWIW
    jimB

  3. Interesting…but…social media isn’t some magic bullet that always casts the communicator in some glorious switched-on light. These upper class twitterers may just find that people have a faster, more public, more anonymous way to snear at them. Take our recent Qantas experience http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15852965

    They may find that it just opens the ridiculous to ridicule. If you trample on people and then put it out there and say ‘show me the love’….no guarantees what will come back.

  4. Strangely enough, an Old Etonian, who spent 11 years in the oil industry, eventually becoming group treasurer of Enterprise Oil PLC, may be about to change all that

    Proof.
    Pudding.
    Doubtful.

    [Careful, Anonymous. If you’re on THIS side of the Pond tomorrow, someone going by appearances might stuff you w/ breadcrumbs and pop you in the oven!]