To Join or Not to Join?– Social Media is inspiring people to join old fashioned community groups

About 5 months ago Scott Maentz posted, To Join or Not to Join? on his blog about joining the Knights of Columbus.  To paraphrase his article:

One may have many reasons not to join the Knights, but the Knights of Columbus is a fraternal group of men who grow and share in their faith, are deeply devoted to Mary and the Eucharist, and who are dedicated to doing charitable works, particularly within one’s own community.

When put in those terms, I can’t see a down side.   Today I attended my 1st degree initiation meeting into the Knights of Columbus.  I’m not alone.  Along with Scott, as mentioned above, I know of 3 or 4 other men in the Catholic community on the web who have joined the Knights of Columbus this year.

When I started to get involved in podcasting I thought it was all about listening and producing  our own shows.   I came to realize that in fact podcasting (and blogging, and social media) were an invitation into a world-wide community.  My family has also experienced a deepening of our faith as we participate in the online Catholic community.  The fruit of this online Catholic community is that myself and many others are now feeling called to participate more deeply in older community building activities in their local parish (such as the knights)?

How is your experience of Social Media helping you to build real community within your home town, among your friends, and in your church?   Let me know in the comments.

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  • Bryan Murdaugh  On April 24, 2008 at 6:01 am

    My wife *hates* it when I answer a question with a question, but I can’t help it.

    It’s obvious that I see great value in the collision of faith and social media, but it seems that I’m in the minority (read: flying solo) among people I know in my local faith community. So my question becomes, how do we convince others that this community is 1) valid and 2) a wonderful way to experience the larger Church?