New Media Project

Helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology

Founded in 2010, the New Media Project aims to help religious leaders think theologically about digital technology. We think leaders need more than primers in building websites and using social media tools. We believe that leaders of faith communities also need a larger interpretive framework for recognizing and evaluating what’s happening in communication today. Even though the major shift in patterns and tools of communication brought about by digital technology will have a lasting effect on the church, compelling theological interpretations of the shift 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.

We aim to change that. 

Explore the project on this website: Read the blog, case studies, and theological essays. View the videos from our February 8, 2013 conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media. Most of it can be accessed from the Findings page. Become part of the community talking about these things. Share your thoughts and insights, questions and ponderings through comments on pages and blog posts. Join our Facebook page or Twitter feed

Featured Posts

  • Anything to say?

    Posted Jul 26, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | When “they” (don’t you ever wonder who the “they” are?) were about to complete a telegraph line between Maine and Texas, the poignant and acerbic Henry David Thoreau was impolitic enough to ask, “What if it turns out that Maine and Texas have nothing to say to one another?” Turns out, of course, Thoreau was wrong—Maine and Texas want to sell stuff to one another, want to influence one another’s voting patterns, want to lure tourists from one another and so on.

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  • Twitter made my mind smaller: John Mayer, social media, and expression

    Posted Jul 22, 2011 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | Kathryn Reklis raised some insightful questions in her recent post “Creatures of the Future.” In fact, Kathryn has sparked a much-needed conversation concerning how the transformations of social media have and will continue to alter the future of (among many things) human existence and religion in American life.

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