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mr cheesy
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Many years ago this website launched an online church experiment which grew into its own community, first called Church of Fools which then became a community-owned organisation called St Pixels.

Various other online church communities have begun, waxed and waned.

I'm not sure if anyone is still here who was involved in St Pixels or has any experience of other online church formats, but I'd be interested to hear the extent to which you think these communities "worked" as church.

My observation from the outside is that they seem to have a pretty short shelf-life.

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I'm interested too. Is there a simple way to watch a topic here?
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sabine
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Not on these discussion boards, Nubinia, but I know that St. Pixels (which grew out of the Church of Fools) is on Facebook.

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rolyn
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I used to participate in St Pixels. Fun to start with then the inevitable tensions begin to grow. Throw in some heated debates on the Bible and the self destruct mechanism isn't far away.

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Gamaliel
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I could never see the point. Debating things here is one thing, trying to make a 'church' out of it ...

Bah, call me old-fashioned ...

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rolyn
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Pixels came along at a time when we, along with a lot of folk, were just getting online for the first time so I think novelty factor was figuring very large.
Don't get me wrong, it looked to me like a bold experiment. Reaching out to where people are actually communicating as opposed to waiting for them to walk into a Church.

Trouble with online churches, like with anything social media orientated, is that novelty fatigue can set in, coupled with a vague feeling of hollowness and disconnect similar to what one might get from watching too much TV.

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sabine
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I was part of the original Church of Fools crew. The emphasis was more on worship services than debate.

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Boogie

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quote:
Originally posted by rolyn:
I used to participate in St Pixels. Fun to start with then the inevitable tensions begin to grow. Throw in some heated debates on the Bible and the self destruct mechanism isn't far away.

I loved St Pixels and miss it still. I especially liked the blogging section. Ordinary blogs are just not the same.

The services were fun too.

What St Pixels was short of was a 'Hell' and a 'Styx'. Without somewhere to air personal difficulties or complaints it began to suffer terribly from passive aggressive behaviour.

We had some excellent RL meets.

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Enoch
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quote:
Originally posted by Gamaliel:
I could never see the point. Debating things here is one thing, trying to make a 'church' out of it ...

Bah, call me old-fashioned ...

Gamaliel, you're old-fashioned but so am I. I agree with you on this.

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I remember it, but didn't participate more than a very little. I think it was a good experiment at a time when such things were being explored.

But - something that I have found while being out of a church - is that places like the ship are useful as resources, and social media and contacts have their place, but none of them take the place of an actual church community. That required real people, and real physical contact.

So it's not that they don't have a place. Just that their place is not a replacement for a real church. Maybe an addition to a real church.

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rolyn
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
The services were fun too.

What St Pixels was short of was a 'Hell' and a 'Styx'. Without somewhere to air personal difficulties or complaints it began to suffer terribly from passive aggressive behaviour.

We had some excellent RL meets.

There was a period when Pixel services had a real vibe going. It was moving when, on a couple occasions, visitors joined and where clearly overwhelmed with the feeling of inclusion.

As you say the absence of a pressure release valve did lead to problems. We also have fond memories a small RL meeting, (not with your good self alas).

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tessaB
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I found St.Pixels at a time when, because of personal circumstances, I couldn't attend a RL church. I found much comfort in evening prayer at St.Ps and also enjoyed meeting some lovely people in RL. I think for those who cannot physically attend a church it was the nearest thing to a faith community we could get.

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I really miss St. Pixels. I agree with Boogie that it was missing a way to vent and a way to regulate or manage real issues. I'm another who can't take part in real life church and I enjoyed the community there.

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