Guest column: Fred Omvlee

%20I%20work%20on%20Cura%20ao%20ç%20as%20Minister%20for%20the%20Navy%20and%20I%20enjoy%20all%20the%20differences%20on%20the%20island,%20where%20Papiamento,%20English,%20Spanish%20and%20Dutch%20is%20spoken,%20where%20Catholics%20and%20Protestants,%20Muslims%20and%20Jews%20living%20together%20in%20harmony%20with%20each%20other.%20Where%20the%20Antillean%20women%20are%20strong%20and%20the%20men%20the%20hort%20on.%20but%20I%20miss%20my%20friends%20in%20Netherlands%20and%20try%20via%20LinkedIn%20to%20keep%20in%20touch%20with%20those%20fast,%20cool,%20blunt%20world%20in%20Netherlands.%20But%20coincidentally%20is%20that%20also%20those%20witty,%20sharp,%20spiritual%20world%20over%20there.%20Here%20on%20Cura%20ao%20ç%20is%20all%20there%20too,%20but%20it’s%20smaller.%20I%20am%20pastor,%20I%20am%20fond%20of%20the%20Church,%20on%20the%20orange-yellow%20churches%20of%20Cura%20ao%20ç%20on%20that%20beautiful%20old%20churches%20in%20France,%20the%20tough%20Romanesque%20churches%20in%20Groningen,%20on%20the%20chapel%20on%20the%20Greek%20island%20of%20Hydra%20where%20ever%20I%20a%20wedding%20couple%20blessed.%20But%20I%20also%20realize%20that%20most%20church%20services%20too%20soon%20on%20those%20free%20Sunday%20morning%20and%20boring%20…%20I%20experience%20my%20faith%20in%20God%20as%20freedom%20and%20I%20want%20to%20take%20advantage%20of%20the%20freedom%20that%20I%20have,%20try%20what%20can,%20connecting%20people%20who%20are%20religious,%20but%20no%20longer%20religious.%20I%20have%20a%20growing%20number%20of%20connections%20on%20LinkedIn%20and%20remember%20the%20most%20obvious:%20why%20not%20LinkedIn%20Church?%20If%20the%20Church%20for%20its%20intended%20use,%20it%20is%20somewhere%20to%20connect.%20To%20get%20people%20to%20connect%20with%20each%20other%20and%20to%20connect%20with%20God.%20

%20people%20come%20together%20for%20centuries%20in%20churches%20to%20their%20daily%20bevenissen%20to%20link%20with%20eternity%20and%20to%20to%20come%20to%20himself.%20The%20word%20religion%20comes%20from%20the%20Latin%20word%20religere,%20connect.%20It%20may%20be%20simpler%20than%20LinkedIn%20to%20connect%20with%20faith?%20Linked%20In%20Religion,%20Linked%20In%20God,%20what%20sounds%20better?%20I%20decide%20to%20keep%20it%20close%20to%20myself%20as%20pastor%20and%20to%20choose%20for%20LinkedIn,%20LinkedIn%20Church%20church,%20with%20exclamation%20mark:%20Linked!%20n%20Church%20the%20questions%20I%20the%20network%20and%20the%20internet%20in%20pendulum:%20what%20connects%20you%20with%20me,%20with%20the%20world%20around%20you,%20with%20humanity,%20with%20God.%20What%20links%20us?%20Linked!%20n%20Church%20I%20see%20before%20me%20like%20a%20high%20bright%20Cathedral,%20where%20your%20thoughts%20as%20saying%20cease%20movement%20and%20take%20off.%20It%20is%20not%20that%20you%20are%20Christian,%20Catholic%20or%20protestant,%20humanist%20or%20Muslim,%20Jewish%20or%20Buddhist:%20your%20tradition%20is%20your%20tradition%20and%20your%20choices%20are%20your%20choices.%20God%20is%20too%20big%20to%20fit%20into%20one%20religion,%20stands%20on%20a%20t-shirt%20that%20I%20ever%20got%20from%20a%20friend%20from%20India.%20I%20wear%20it%20with%20more%20conviction.%20We%20need%20to%20convince%20not%20only%20each%20other,%20we%20can%20inspire%20each%20other.%20We%20are%20a%20small%20part%20of%20a%20giant%20whole.%20I%20am%20still%20on%20Cura%20ç%20ao,%20but%20live%20at%20the%20beginning%20of%20August%20my%20wife,%20me%20and%20our%20children%20Hinde,%20Gilles,%20Lena%20and%20Jacob%20back%20in%20Netherlands.%20The%20focus%20in%202012%20our%20Cura%20ç%20adventure%20is%20there%20than%20on.%20But%20we%20feel%20connected%20and%20take%20those%20connections%20with%20it.%20I%20prefer%20long%20on%20Sunday%20morning%20breakfast%20with%20the%20family,%20while%20we%20listen%20to%20music%20from%20the%20Sandwich.%20I%20want%20to%20be%20on%20a%20Sunday%20afternoon%20although%20the%20Linked!%20n%20Church:%20a%20hip,%20open-minded,%20inspiring%20place%20to%20meet%20people,%20to%20reflect,%20to%20let%20me%20inspire.%20The%20LinkedIn%20Church%20has%20already%20begun,%20because%20is%20not%20bound%20to%20time%20and%20place.%20There%20have%20been%20people%20that%20I%20never%20live%20met:%20as%20Sergio%20and%20Maarten.%20Others%20think:%20Kristine,%20Boele,%20Johan,%20Kleis,%20Eric%20and%20Joost.%20Part%20with%20it%20when%20you%20connect.%20On%20Sunday%20afternoon%20a%20place%20in%20Amsterdam,%20september%2027,%202009,%204:%2000%20pm,%20we%20would%20also%20face%20to%20face,%20fish%20à%20fish,%20face%20to%20face%20link.%20And%20then%20the%20glass%20make%20it%20sound.%20BIBA%20ta%20bon,%20hopi%20bon,%20they%20say%20on%20Cura%20ao%20ç:%20life%20is%20good,%20very%20good!

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