Every morning I sit down with coffee to read meditations and compose my own. I check social media and today I realized how many theologians I’ve been following. Their tweets are funny or serious, but always challenging — to be present, to be aware, to take action, to share the Good News. Here are six of my favorites:
- Tim Schenck @FatherTim
Schenck, who leads St. John’s Episcopal church in Hingham, Massachusetts, is an avid blogger at clergyconfidential.com. I just like his warped sense of humor, from creating something called Lent Madness – a way to engage people to learn about the lives of the saints (combined with his love of sports) to his new book (on pre-order for April 2019), “Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection between Coffee and Faith – From Dancing Goats to Satan’s Drink.”
2. Laurie Brock @RevLaurieinLex
The Rev. Laurie Brock leads St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Lexington, Kentucky. She blogs as an “author, horsewoman, priest, rabble-rouser” at RevLaurieBrock.com. Brock was featured in “There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor” and just released her most recent work, “Horses Speak of God.” She tweets and retweets about social justice.
3. John Pavlovitz @johnpavlovitz
John is a prolific writer, pastor and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. His blog, “Stuff That Needs To Be Said,” takes on social justice issues. His first book is A Bigger Table and his latest book is Hope and Other Superpowers and can be pre-ordered before the Nov. 6 release. His tweets are always a call to action.
4. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg @TheRaDR
Major news outlets have called Danya one of the ten “rabbis to watch” (Newsweek) and one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis (The Daily Beast). She has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine and The Atlantic. She writes books about “the messy business of trying to be a person in the world.” Find links to her articles at danyaruttenberg.net. Her latest book is Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder and Radical Amazement of Parenting.
5. Rev. Dr. Barber @RevDrBarber
Every time I see a Facebook Live or YouTube sermon or speech by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, I know there is hope. Barber leads Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, as well as helping to lead such movements as Repairers of the Breach, Moral Mondays and the national board of the NAACP.
6. Jim Melnyk @JimMelnyk
I can’t conclude without giving a shout out to my own rector, the Rev. Jim Melnyk of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, North Carolina. Melnyk is a blogger and uses social media to get out the Good News, as well as to promote the Labyrinth at St. Paul’s, which you can find listed on the World Wide Labyrinth Locator. He is also a published poet (Ukraina: Songs of a Beloved Land), a photographer and a Yankee fanatic. He says more in seven words than most people say in 240.
Whomever you follow on Twitter, make sure it’s someone who feeds your soul, and not your resentments; someone who challenges you to action, not lulls you into complacency.
Follow Cindy Brookshire on Twitter @CindyBrookshire