Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury's final sermon live-tweeted to followers

The Catholic Church has embraced social media, and so has its rival, the Anglican Church (also known as the Church of England). On Tuesday, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury gave his final Christmas Day sermon, which was live-tweeted by the Anglican leader’s office for the first time.

Dr. Rowan Williams, 72, is scheduled to step down at the end of December after a decade as leader of the Anglican Church. In addition to his sermon being live-tweeted, the sermon of the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu had his sermon live-tweeted, as well.

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also delivered his Christmas Day message simultaneously from his pulpits and over the micro-blogging site.

The Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications at the Archbishops' Council, said:
This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people's lives and homes.

It is the first time that the joy and excitement of Christmas will have been broadcast widely on Twitter. There are large numbers of social media enthusiasts to be found in pews and pulpits across the country.

This is an invitation for them to join together to celebrate the joy of the Christ Child coming into the world, taking the real meaning of Christmas to a new digital audience.
After the full sermons were given, links to the full text were tweeted (Williams, Sentamu, Welby).

A Twitter spokesman said:
It is fantastic to see the Church of England embracing Twitter and using it to share their Christmas message with new audiences.

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