Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I just received the news that my twitter friend @gideony (Gideon Addington) took his own life on Saturday night. I do not have words to express my grief and anger (or at least not printable words). I never met him, but we had many conversations over twitter. I had hoped to meet him in the spring at a conference or perhaps next fall when he planned to begin seminary studies at General Theological Seminary in New York.
Here's a link to a sermon I preached years after the suicide of a young student in my hometown. There are also links on that post to websites and help lines for depression and suicide.
"A Prodigal Daughter"
For those of you who are wondering if anyone would care if you died, the answer is yes. And if you are wondering about that, then call me or e-mail me. Damnit.
[Update: for anyone else who, like me, woke up this morning praying this was an on-line hoax, here is a link to folks who made a more direct connection and confirmed Gideon's death. And again: damnit.]
12/19 Update: Gideon's family has requested donations go to Iron Gate, a not-for-profit that focuses on feeding the hungry http://www.irongatetulsa.org/index.cfm
For those of you connecting here for the first time, looking for information about Gideon, welcome. Stay a while, but here's a few links to help you on your way:
Gideon's blog: http://blog.gideonaddington.com/
A prayer Gideon wrote: Prayers for Broken People
A piece of liturgy he wrote last week. He was so proud of this, and it's beautiful:
My First Liturgy
Gideon's Twitter Feed: @gideony He had a public profile, so fair to post it here. It's bittersweet to read his words today (this feed will dissipate after 2 weeks, like all tweets do, but probably you can google @gideony) http://twitter.com/gideony
A video he made http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=591057324317&ref=mf
Emergent Outliers, a website he moderated for emergent Christian folks: http://emergentoutliers.com/
A post Gideon wrote for Bruce Reyes-Chow (moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.) in response to the question "Why do you choose denominational life?"
Gideon's umbrella website with links to a lot of his other on-line presences: http://gideonaddington.com/
There is at least one on-line memorial service being planned. I will post a link when I have more info.