From time to time I write to emphasise how the virtual community is a real community. After the Christchurch February 22 earthquake this site was down for three weeks. I was conscious that many would be worried and soon got the word out via facebook and twitter. Within days I biked to find internet to put some messages out myself. So I was certainly conscious about this virtual community (here, facebook, twitter); and the comments here, on facebook, and on twitter are deeply moving – you are certainly conscious of what was happening here – and, I guess, it put a face on the tragedy. One person wrote about how surprised he was, never having met me, that he was checking the google person finder for Christchurch five times a day; more than one person from this virtual community rang me,… Thank you all – I cannot possibly reply to all the individual messages – but know that I have read them all. Thanks. We are the church. We are the human family. Not all together in one place – united spiritually. The internet is sacramental of this spiritual unity…

I was sent the video above by Jane Redmont – one of those wonderful people in this virtual community.

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