National Day of Unplugging – TODAY!

“There’s clearly a social problem when we’re interacting more with digital interfaces than our fellow human beings. Rich, engaging conversations are harder to come by than they were a few years ago. As we voyage deeper into the digital world, our attention spans are silently evaporating. Unplugging on a weekly basis won’t provide a magical solution to these issues, but it’s a start. Adding a modern Sabbath will ideally reward with the same riches this ritual has provided for centuries  – a chance to catch our breaths, replenish our souls and reconnect with the living, breathing people we love.”

– Dan Rollman, President of

In an effort to encourage people to slow down their hectic lives, a group of Jewish artists is encouraging people to slow down and observe the Sabbath this weekend. They have come up with a Sabbath Manifesto which lists the following ten principles which guide this modern view of the Sabbath:
  1. Avoid technology
  2. Connect with loved ones
  3. Nurture your health
  4. Get outside
  5. Avoid commerce
  6. Light candles
  7. Drink wine
  8. Eat bread
  9. Find silence
  10. Give back

The National Day of Unplugging organized by this group runs from sundown tonight (March 4) through sundown tomorrow.  Find out more here.

Here is a video which creatively critiques our reliance on technology and need to unplug from it.

Join me and many others across the world as we reconnect to what really matters!


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on March 4, 2011, in Church and Culture, Faith@Home, Personal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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