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Deanna A. Thompson

Embrace the Virtual Body of Christ | Community

Tags: Body of Christ, cancer, Caring Bridge, congregational care, grace, Internet, pastoral care 

I have to admit that in life before cancer, I had a dim view of the Internet’s ability to bring people together. Living and working with others constantly connected to digital tools left me skeptical that any new relational depth was being plumbed through our increasingly wired lives.

Then I got sick. Really sick. In a matter of months, I went from being a healthy 41-year-old religion professor, wife, and mother of two to a virtual invalid with a broken back, a stage IV cancer diagnosis, and a grim prognosis for the future.


This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.

About Deanna A. Thompson

Deanna A. Thompson is associate professor of religion at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn. She earned her doctorate in theology from Vanderbilt University.