Face to Face
Face to Face Communication
(pp 158-161 of Spiritual Discipline Handbook)
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it- Psalm 118.24
This past year has reminded us of the importance of face-to-face communication- whether this be in person or through a screen, we need to see people face to face. Our facial expressions speak a lot about how we’re feeling, what we may be feeling internally that we haven’t spoken out loud. Our face often speaks for us, revealing words that we don’t speak or emotions we haven’t named. An important part of our selves is seeing people face to face and experiencing their whole self.
What are some examples of Face-to-Face Communication in the Bible?
2 Samuel 1
1 Corinthians 13
1 Peter 2-3
3 John 1
When is a time when you’ve received an email or text message that upset you because you didn’t understand the tone?
How has miscommunication been impacted by the absence of face-to-face communication?
What are some situations where you’ve preferred to send a text message rather than talking to someone in person?
What are some examples where people have acting negatively because they’ve been able to hide behind a computer screen?
Have there been times in your life when you’ve said things in an email that you wouldn’t say in a face-to-face conversation?
What is your ideal setting/method for conversation?
How has COVID-19 impacted your energy and
Start paying attention to people’s body language when you’re meeting with them. Think about what they may be experiencing and engage them
When possible, plan to arrive early or stay later for events so you can connect with people in person
Instead of calling someone or messaging them, consider connecting with them over a video chat
When possible, have a visit with someone where you go for a safe distance walk or patio conversation instead of emailing/messaging back and forth
If you’re been isolated in your room, go for walks each day in places where people are so you can connect with people in person.