Blog Posts by Kathryn Reklis

  • Community formation and social media: Community beyond statistics

    Posted Jun 24, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | Last fall the National Catholic Reporter published an article on a recent study conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA): “Study: Most Catholics aren't searching for spirituality online.” The study focused on Catholics who attend mass at least once a week and found that of that group only “13 percent of them read Catholic blogs and 17 percent view religious material on YouTube,” whereas one in four read diocesan newspapers or magazines in print form.

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  • Social justice and social media: A Roman Catholic perspective

    Posted Sep 17, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | 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.

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  • Prayer and new media: A Catholic perspective

    Posted Mar 05, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | I teach the history of Christian thought and practice from the Reformation period to the present at a Jesuit university in New York. Leading my mostly cradle-Catholic students through the early Protestant polemics against Catholicism during the first weeks of Lent raised a host of questions about rituals and sacraments, ordination and scripture, and about prayer.

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  • Digital religion and theological reflection

    Posted Dec 18, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | The recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion gave me a chance to connect with scholars of religion and media across the academy who work on a growing subfield called “digital religion.” Digital religion is the name given to online religious practices and offline religious practices as they are transformed by digital technologies.

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  • Election politics and the practice of Facebook charity

    Posted Nov 13, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | Anyone on Facebook knows that one of its virtues (or vices?) is the ability to connect with old friends and acquaintances: your middle school girl friend who moved states before high school, that guy who used to pester you in biology class, your mother’s high-school friend who likes to keep tabs on your growing children.

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