One of my ministry practices is to post a meme on the church’s Facebook page every day. I follow the pattern of Mindful Monday, Trusting Tuesday, Wisdom Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Friday Funday. Saturdays have been used to highlight community events and fundraisers and then it’s Sermon Sunday.
I take advantage of the scheduling function on Facebook and do it once a week. It’s not an onerous task, it helps maintain consistent messaging and also keeps the page active according to Facebook’s algorithms. Last week, in preparation for starting vacation next Friday (PTL), I set out to do 2 1/2 weeks worth of posts. As I looked through the memes I had saved over the last little while, I realized something disturbing. Most of the ones I had saved were memes with quotes from middle aged white people, my own demographic. Not only that, but most of them came from someone in the USA, rather than my own country Canada, or those with a more global lens.
My only excuse is that it was easy. These are the memes that many people share, these are the voices that get amplified most often, they come across my Facebook feed and I save them. Right there and then, I committed to seeking out other voices and creating some of my own memes. As an avid photographer, I have thousands of photographs to choose from and there is no shortage of profound and meaningful quotes from Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other voices whose voices do not have the same audience. Voices from my own country and around the world.
What memes are you sharing?
And that’s my window on God’s world.