Facebook and other online community platforms offer us some ways to connect both relationally and spiritually--even when we're connecting through ancient practices.
Friars are members of a religious order who seek to live in a way that connects the religious community to the world. In the digital-first age, it is a challenge for anyone to connect to the world. DG Hollums, a self-fashioned "neo-friar" explores innovative ways to connect spiritually with the world and to draw others into spiritual practices. Specifically, DG created a virtual community where shared prayer and contemplation is the community norm. He joined Pierce and Ryan for an episode to talk about how ancient practices and new technologies offer a deep connection at a time when we're all struggling to find community.
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DG admits, though, that his favorite prayer is the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer:
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.