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Excellent Pete. I agree with everything you have said. I have said in a response to Toby that using Twitter and Facebook within meetings can often be less disruptive than getting up, walking to the other side of the room and muttering in a corner with someone. An exchange of messages via laptops allows you to check on points of confusion, even set up proposals or points of order. As people have said in another forum, the paper expects ministers to engage in social media "in their spare time" but most of us regard ourselves as never off-line from our calling, so how would we measure those spare time moments? And more importantly, who would police that? Local Preachers are also officers of the Church but I understand there is already a tacit acceptance these guidelines could never be applied to them in the way they could be brought to bear on other officers. That seems an admission of defeat before the process even gets under way.
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Jan 27, 2010