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

  • Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor

    Posted Sep 28, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Adam J. Copeland, guest blogger | On September 12, Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was the victim of a Twitter mob. Amidst the furor over the Sam Bacile film clip “Innocence of Muslims” mocking the prophet Muhammed, Butler Tweeted that Bacile should be arrested.

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  • Text and confess

    Posted Sep 25, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | Pray. Write. Text. These were the instructions at a recent Rosh Hashanah service in Miami Beach, according to Lizette Alvarez of The New York Times. The reformed worship service celebrating the Jewish New Year at the Jewish Museum of Florida encouraged congregants to text their penitence. The worship service, called the “Experience,” was geared towards young adults, ages twenty to thirty.

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