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  • If social media were a superhero …

    Feb 22, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Okay, so maybe it's a nonsensical question, but it's fun, right? If social media were a superhero, who would it be? An abundance of fun was had by most at the February 8, 2013 conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media, despite the terrible snowstorm bearing down on us.

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  • Prayer and social media: Series introduction

    Feb 20, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | “I have a friend who stopped posting Facebook statuses and reads them as her prayer journal instead … like that’s her prayer time as she reads X number of statuses,” says Susie Shaefer, a young Episcopal clergy woman. “I have another friend who starts all of her Facebook statuses with her prayer list, like ‘Elaine is praying for blah, blah, blah, period,’ and then her status update, ‘great morning at church. I can’t wait for the picnic.’”

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  • @Pontifex signs off: Exploring Benedict’s digital media legacy

    Feb 15, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson | The complex legacy of Benedict XVI will be debated for some time, but his complicated relationship to new digital social media will certainly be no small part of it. The pontiff’s new media engagement threw the struggles of traditional institutions with social media—churches, as well as businesses (just ask Applebee’s) and other organizations—into high relief.

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  • Prayer for Lent

    Feb 13, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Crowd source your Lenten discipline on Facebook? We used to do it in the parking lot after church. “Are you going to give up something for Lent?” “We Protestants don’t have to, you know.” “I like the idea of doing something, what should I do?” “I’m going to give up my brother for Lent.” (That last one is a joke from my husband’s childhood, of course!).

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  • Super excited about the conference

    Jan 30, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | The one-day conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media, at Union Theological Seminary is just 10 days away. On February 8, 141 folks (so far) will be gathering in the Social Hall to share findings from the New Media Project’s first two years of research and writing. This is free, by the way, because it’s supported by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. We do ask you to register, however, so that we can plan appropriately.

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