Intro to Tom

I have always been wary about getting involved with internet forums, chat rooms, blogs and the like, but here I am. My name is Tom (or Thomas) Dunn, I am a recent graduate of Bluffton University and am currently the youth pastor at Kidron Mennonite in Kidron, Ohio. I have heard about YAR from a number of different places, but most recently was reminded of it by Becca, who was home and at church a couple of Sundays ago. She said she had some poetry on the site about Mennonite sermons, and since I had just given a Mennonite sermon that particular morning, I thought it would be worth my while to read these poems. I read them, and they are good, but I didn’t stop there. I continued to read through many of the various post on YAR and my interest has been sparked.

As I said earlier, I am still wary about posting things on the internet. I’m not sure if it is just me being old fashioned, or the fear of becoming addicted to this and then getting a my space page, a face book page (I actually do have a facebook page, but my room mate from college set it up), and spend all my time blogging and networking over the web. But even deeper than this, I think I have a fear of my virtual self–who will I be on the pages of YAR? Will I still be Tom Dunn or will I become something I’m not. Will I get caught up in projecting myself as an intellectual, intelligent, educated, open-minded, globally aware young anabaptist radical, or can I just be myself? Is it possible to be yourself on the internet? Well, as you may have gathered since you are currently reading all this over the internet, I have decided to post here on YAR, and spark the beginning of my virtual self.

Comments (2)

  1. TimN

    Welcome to YAR, Tom. Glad to hear you find what we’re writing interesting. I look forward to reading what you have to share.

    You raise some really interesting questions about what it means to write and interact on-line. Although I don’t often think about it, I do probably consciously or unconsciously shape what I write on-line to fit a certain image.

    On the other hand, a positive way to look at this would be that participating in on-line community draws out different facets of our personality than we might normally share in other parts of life. I’ve often found that when I write an email to someone I’m able to express things that I might not be able to share in a conversation. For introverts, there’s more time to think through words and choose the right ones.

    Hopefully YAR can be a place to express an authentic part of ourselves and connect with others doing the same.

  2. Lora

    Thomas, welcome. I don’t know if you can really be yourself online; I guess I’ve never thought much about it. But I do hope you’ll stick around, and maybe even post a sermon? Best wishes with everything at Kidron.

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