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  • Facebook and the elderly in the church

    Aug 31, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Robert Saler, guest blogger | My two years spent serving a wonderful, small congregation in Gary, IN, were instructive in a number of ways. The entire situation was rife with opportunities for my assumptions and stereotypes to be challenged. If I were to pinpoint the assumption that was most thoroughly debunked by experience, though, it would have to be my expectations around who in the congregation would make the most use of social media.

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  • "Oversharing:" The new confessional?

    Aug 24, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Robert Saler, guest blogger | Concerns about privacy in the Internet age are as old as the Internet itself; however, initial concerns about individual privacy centered upon Orwellian fears of the power that the Internet gives to entities (corporations, governments, etc.) to find out details about a person’s life that that person would rather not share.

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  • Who actually uses this stuff?

    Aug 21, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | A recent nationwide survey revealed, among other things, that white evangelical Protestants stand out as the most likely to use social media and technology for religious purposes. The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), interviewed a random sample of adults, eighteen years of age and older. The results show a digital religion landscape that is spiked, not flat.

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  • A sense of church

    Aug 17, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Monica A. Coleman | I really enjoy the use of new media in churches. When I can’t make it out of the house, I watch worship services via livestream on my smartphone. I prefer to tithe via credit card on the church website, and I love that my church sends pictures and announcements via email twice a week. And if my church had its own app ... I’d be in technology heaven. This allows me to feel connected even when I can’t make it to church.

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  • Theological education and new media

    Aug 14, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | Even though the weather in New York City refuses to admit it, summer is coming to a close. As a newly minted assistant professor, these last few weeks of August are devoted to setting up my new office, learning a new library system, and preparing for my first classes. Part of that latter work is learning a new online academic support system.

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