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New Media Project

The New Media Project is a research endeavor funded by the Lilly Endowment aimed at helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology.

 

New Media Project

At the New Media Project we think religious leaders need more than primers in building websites and using social media. We believe that leaders of faith communities also need a larger interpretive framework for recognizing and evaluating the massive shift in communication patterns and tools from print to digital. Even though this shift will have a lasting effect on the church, compelling theological interpretations of it have not yet been adequately developed. Nor do sufficient strategic frameworks yet exist to help faith communities move forward using technology in theologically responsible ways. In short, we want to help religious leaders be theologically savvy about technology.

The New Media Project is a research project involving six research fellows who are conducting case studies; interviewing experts in social media, congregational ministry, theology, and journalism; collecting and sharing research online; and commenting on it regularly via blog posts. The project is generously supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. The New Media Project has recently joined the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis where it will continue into a second phase of project.

Our purpose is to help the church interpret theologically the massive changes in communication and technology occurring today, and to create a constructive framework to help pastors and religious leaders employ new digital media in ways that strengthen faith communities. Read the blog posts for more of our hunches and ideas about all of this.

 


Latest Content by New Media Project

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Social justice and social media: Resources

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By Janelle Tupper, guest blogger

This is the final post in a seven-week series on Social justice and social media.

In this series, we've been inspired by stories of social media as a force for social justice. From African-American expression on #BlackTwitter to the It Gets Better project for LGBT youth, from the Pink Mennos project to the March on Washington, to the ever-viral social justice Tweets from Pope Francis, social media is clearly at work in many movements and churches.

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Social justice and social media: A Roman Catholic perspective

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By Kathryn Reklis

This is the sixth in a seven-week series on Social justice and social media.

As this series has highlighted, a commitment to “social justice” is shared by Christian denominations (and many others!) of almost every stripe these days, but Catholics have a special fondness for the phrase because its modern use was coined by a Jesuit priest, Luigi Taparelli, writing against the social ills caused by the industrial revolution. Pope Leo XIII was deeply influenced by Tagarelli and solidified social justice at the core of Catholic social teaching in his 1891 papal encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of the Working Classes).

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Other Recent Content by New Media Project

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September 12, 2013

Social justice and social media: #SocialJustice: Like us on Facebook

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin considers whether social media can effectively motivate and engage people in social justice work.
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September 05, 2013

Social justice and social media: An Anabaptist perspective

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Research fellow Jim Rice looks at social justice and social media in the Anabaptist tradition.
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August 29, 2013

Social justice and social media: A Disciples perspective

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Project director Verity A. Jones looks at social justice and social media in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in this week's post.
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August 22, 2013

Social justice and social media: If #BlackTwitter went to church

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman takes a look at #BlackTwitter and its impact in the reaction to the Trayvon Martin case in the US in the second post of our Social justice and social media series.
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August 15, 2013

Social justice and social media: Series introduction

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Project director Verity A. Jones with an introduction to our new series on Social justice and social media.
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August 01, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Resources

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Guest blogger Julie Richardson Brown with a collection of resources on youth ministry and social media in our final post in this series.
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July 25, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Healthy boundaries

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Guest blogger Julie Richardson Brown writes about healthy boundaries with social media in our Youth ministry and social media series.
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July 18, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Self-worth in the age of social media

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Guest blogger Dustin Hite takes a look at the way social media can impact self-worth, especially for youth.
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July 11, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Reading scripture

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Guest blogger Eric Augenstein considers the best way to get youth of read scripture.
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July 08, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Revival

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin looks at the connection between the adoption of new communication patterns by youth has correlated with revival in American religious history in today's post in our series on youth ministry and social media.
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June 27, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: A process theology perspective

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman brings a process theology perspective to our series on Youth ministry and social media.
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June 20, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Leaving a congregation

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Guest blogger Erica Schemper on some of the social media challenges of leaving a congregation where she served as minister of children and youth and how she has navigated that transition. This is part two of our eight-week series on Youth ministry and social media.
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June 13, 2013

Youth ministry and social media: Series introduction

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Director Verity A. Jones introduces our new eight-week series on youth ministry and social media.
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June 06, 2013

Celebration and social media: Resources

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Research fellow Jim Rice collects resources on the topic of Celebration and social media for the final post in this series.
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May 30, 2013

Celebration and social media: Searching for beauty

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Guest blogger Elizabeth Myer Boulton writes about beauty, celebration and social media in the fifth of this celebration and social media series.
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May 16, 2013

Celebration and social media: Worship as celebratory conversation

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Guest blogger Matthew Myer Boulton considers worship as celebratory conversation in the fourth of our series on celebration and social media.
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May 09, 2013

Celebration and social media: Creating and sharing music

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Guest blogger Brenda Freije takes a look at creating and sharing music through new media in the third of our series on celebration and social media.
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May 02, 2013

Celebration and social media: A new form of call and response

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Guest blogger, Frank Thomas, writes about the way social media is a new form of call in response in this second post in our series on celebration and social media.
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April 25, 2013

Celebration and social media: Series introduction

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Project director Verity A. Jones introduces our new series on celebration and social media.
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April 18, 2013

Tending to relationships

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Project director Verity A. Jones on the importance of tending to relationships in the intersection of pastoral ministry and new media.
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April 04, 2013

Religion may not survive the Internet

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin looks at recent claims that religion may not survive the Internet.
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March 27, 2013

Prayer and social media: Resources

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Project director Verity A. Jones sums up our prayer and social media series with a collection of resources on the topic.
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March 21, 2013

Social media as alternative liturgy

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Guest blogger Robert C. Saler responds to a recent Christian Century article about social media as alternative liturgy.
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March 14, 2013

Prayer and social media: Call and response

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin discusses the way prayer via social media reflects the call and response tradition.
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March 07, 2013

Prayer and new media: A Catholic perspective

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis looks at prayer and new media from a Catholic perspective.
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February 28, 2013

Prayer and social media: An Anabaptist perspective

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Research fellow Jim Rice takes a look at prayer and social media from an Anabaptist perspective.
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February 21, 2013

Prayer and social media: Series introduction

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Project director Verity A. Jones starts off our six-week Lenten series, Prayer and social media.
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February 14, 2013

Prayer for Lent

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Project director Verity A. Jones introduces the first topic for our new blog format.
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January 31, 2013

Super excited about the conference

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Project director Verity A. Jones shares her excitement about next week's Digital Church conference at Union. Read more about what to expect from the day!
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January 18, 2013

New Media Project blog refocuses

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Project director Verity A. Jones announces a refocusing of our blog and requests your input on topics you want to read about.
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January 10, 2013

Digital Church conference rescheduled for February

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Project director Verity A. Jones writes about our rescheduled Digital Church conference at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where we will be sharing our project's findings to date.
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December 18, 2012

Digital religion and theological reflection

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis on the growing subfield of digital religion and the theological reflection taking place there.
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December 11, 2012

The top ten reasons to use CaringBridge when bad things happen

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Guest blogger Deanna Thompson shares her top ten reasons for using CaringBridge when bad things happen to your health based on her experience with a stage IV cancer diagnosis and treatment.
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December 04, 2012

New media usage rates challenge assumptions

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Project director Verity A. Jones reflects on the changes in new media usage rates and how that impacts the theological questions we need to be asking.
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November 27, 2012

Election politics and the practice of Facebook charity

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis on engaging with people of differing political views on Facebook.
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November 13, 2012

What churches do

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman considers ways that she finds church online that she used to find only in person.
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November 06, 2012

Should preachers seek more ‘audience feedback’?

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Research fellow Jim Rice on the pros and cons of preachers seeking more sermon feedback in this age of social media response.
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October 30, 2012

Inspiration pinned: The rise of spiritual quotes on Pinterest

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Guest blogger Adam J. Copeland takes a look at spiritual quotes on Pinterest and how the church can respond.
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October 23, 2012

The Internet of things

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis considers how technology can augment reality.
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October 16, 2012

The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media

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Guest blogger Adam J. Copeland considers electronic versions of hymnals.
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October 09, 2012

New Media Project one-day conference in November

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Project director Verity A. Jones announces our free one-day conference at Union on November 5th. We hope you'll join us for Digital Church: Theology and New Media. Register your place today!
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October 02, 2012

Text and confess

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin takes a look at a recent Rosh Hashanah service using text messaging as part of the worship service.
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September 25, 2012

Media blackout as spiritual light

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis explores the spiritual significance of the media blackout at the recent #DolanColbert (#dolbert) event.
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September 18, 2012

Linked—to whom?

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Guest blogger Robert Saler considers how Christians can influence social media culture instead of just being influenced by it.
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September 11, 2012

Fools for Truth

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Research fellow Jason Byassee considers the challenging of discerning the truth on the Internet.
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September 05, 2012

Facebook and the elderly in the church

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Guest blogger Robert Saler takes a look at the use of Facebook by the elderly in his church.
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August 28, 2012

Who actually uses this stuff?

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin takes a look at recent survey data about which Christian groups are most likely to use social media and technology for religious purposes.
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August 21, 2012

A sense of church

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman considers the way that our senses are engaged at church and wonders how online church differs.
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August 15, 2012

Online and embodied

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Research fellow Jim Rice considers an incarnational evaluation of social media.
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August 08, 2012

Avoiding the social media jeremiad

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Research fellow Jason Byassee writes about finding a balanced approach to social media -- neither jeremiad nor cheerleading.
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July 31, 2012

Facebook and the demise of denominational labels

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Guest blogger Laura Everett considers the way Facebook makes obvious our reduced reliance on denominational labels.
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July 24, 2012

Church voyeur

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman considers the way that social media increase the ability for all to participate in denominational conventions.
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July 17, 2012

A spirituality of privacy

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Research fellow Jim Rice takes a look at online privacy issues and how that relates to our life as Christians.
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July 10, 2012

Facebook and the demise of denominational labels

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This is the third in a series of three blog posts by Laura Everett about social media and Christian unity.

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June 19, 2012

Just bodies

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis looks at the social media response to Sr. Margaret Farley's Notification from the Vatican and how it informs our recommendations for social media use.
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June 12, 2012

Turn that thing off!

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Research fellow Jim Rice writes about recommendations for taking digital sabbaths.
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June 05, 2012

High relief communities

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Project director Verity A. Jones explores the question of what social media do to communities.
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May 22, 2012

The embodied conundrum

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis blogs about her essay in a look at what embodiment means in today's digital world.
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May 15, 2012

Does our ‘digitology’ match our ecclesiology?

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Research fellow Jim Rice blogs about his new essay on models of the church and social media.
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May 08, 2012

Should black churches use social media differently? Part 2

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Research fellow Monica A. Coleman explores the question of whether black churches should use social media differently due to differences in the way that African Americans use social media and the Internet.
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May 01, 2012

Saturday night ecumenism

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Guest blogger Laura Everett takes a look at social media and ecumenism in sermon preparation and discussion.
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April 24, 2012

Image and word, or pin it to win it?

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Research Fellow Kathryn Reklis looks at the new social media site, Pinterest, and ponders the future of images online.
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April 17, 2012

Is this the fast that I choose?

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Guest blogger Gregg Brekke takes a look at fasting from social media.
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April 10, 2012

Using social media to listen

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Project director Verity A. Jones writes about best practices for using social media to listen.
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April 03, 2012

Where’s the line? Using social media to screen potential hires and monitor employees

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Project director Verity A. Jones takes up the unsettled question about using social media to screen potential hires and monitor employees.
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March 27, 2012

Can social media bring out what’s inside you?

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Guest blogger Gregg Brekke urges us to connect with people's longing and sense of purpose in this latest blog post.
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March 20, 2012

Mission-centered video online

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis takes a look at online video as a means of sharing the gospel message.
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March 13, 2012

Learning to value social media by using social media

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Research fellow Jason Byassee offers a birthday blessing to a church member on Facebook and muses about its impact.
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March 06, 2012

Social media and the gifts of the Spirit

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Research fellow Jim Rice shares ideas about social media can help a church make better use of members' spiritual gifts.
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February 28, 2012

Don't forget baby boomers with smartphones

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin reviews research from Nielsen on social media and applies it to churches.
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February 21, 2012

The medium may be the message…but the message still matters

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis considers the importance of the message even in new media when the medium may be the message.
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February 14, 2012

'Suffer the little children'

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Research fellow Jim Rice shares best practices for children's online safety.
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February 07, 2012

Life exposed

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Project director Verity A. Jones considers how grace applies online.
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January 31, 2012

“It’s complicated”: When digital ministry gets REALLY real

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Guest blogger Elizabeth Drescher explores the challenges that come with digital ministry when relationship issues get messy in public.
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January 24, 2012

X-Reality

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis considers whether our Facebook selves are our real selves.
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January 17, 2012

Theological expertise in the digital age

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Guest blogger Matthew L. Skinner, a biblical scholar, opines about the place of Bible software in the Christian life.
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January 10, 2012

Epiphany: A light to the world

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Research fellow Jim Rice offers a little light to the world on Epiphany.
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January 03, 2012

Emmanuel, God with us

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In the season of Christmas, Project Director Verity A. Jones explores how we balance a spirit of openness with safety.
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December 27, 2011

The case for using technology in ministry

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Guest blogger Eugene Cho considers the case for using technology in ministry.
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December 20, 2011

Incarnation and embodiment

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Research fellow Kathryn Reklis considers incarnation and embodiment in terms of our digital lives.
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December 13, 2011

Feast of the digitally-integrated incarnation

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Guest blogger Keith Anderson considers how our digital lives are integrated with our face-to-face interactions.
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December 06, 2011

Connecting with teens one digital mustard seed at a time

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Elizabeth Drescher considers how adult believers can set an example for teens on social media regarding the importance of integrating faith into everyday life. This may decrease the number of teens who leave the church as they reach adulthood.
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November 29, 2011

Liberty University worships on Facebook: It's not innovative, it's intuitive

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Research fellow Lerone A. Martin explores Liberty University's recent decision to hold a worship service on Facebook when no physical space could be found.
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November 22, 2011

Cyborgs have bodies too

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New Media Project research fellow Kathryn Reklis explores how we might be embodied online.
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November 15, 2011

New tools? What’s the big deal?

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Given that for two millennia, Christian communities have engaged various cultural worlds to tell the Biblical stories of faith, what’s so particular about today’s challenges?
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November 07, 2011

Thinking theologically about technology

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Project director Verity A. Jones talks about the importance of thinking theologically about technology and the purpose behind The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary.

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