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Ali Symons

About Ali Symons

Ali formerly served as senior editor at the Anglican Church of Canada. Her work included writing news articles, producing multimedia pieces, and helping people figure out how to tell their stories. "Zoom in: I fix em dashes. Zoom out: I help share the Good News."

Not just a cutting edge app: Ryan Sim on Redeem the Commute

The Rev. Ryan Sim is a church planter who created Redeem the Commute, an app for commuters that is ultimately designed to grow a church in Ajax, Ont. I interviewed him to check in on this interesting ministry. Continue reading

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Some chewier reflections on new media

Several people I know have waved their arms excitedly about the New Media Project and I’d like to commend it to you as well. Founded in 2010 and based at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, the New Media Project aims to “[help] religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology.” Continue reading

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Lent studies from around the church

So I wrote a short web story for anglican.ca about good Lent resources that are available (in full or in part) online. Here’s a roundup of the top ones our web team found: Continue reading

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How do churches use social media in Iceland?

Are you curious about how other Christians are using their screens and keyboards for the good of the world? If so, you may be interested in this Oct. 30 webinar about Icelandic churches’ use of social media. It’s organized by the World Association for Christian Communication, North America region. Continue reading

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Focus for the tech-distracted

Pretty much everyone agrees that our technology use can be unhealthy these days. Most of us have either ranted about someone else’s unhealthy tech habits or recognized some of our own, whether it’s mindless TV watching, constant tweeting, or texting while walking. Continue reading

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Good content = good vacation

If you’re reading this right now, you may be one of the few in your workplace that has not yet skedaddled to the beach/cottage/cabin. Before you take your turn to skedaddle, take a look at your church website. Continue reading

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Finding your voice on your church website

The “voice” of your website is the tone that you are setting. It is key in telling people who you are and welcoming them into deeper conversation. It will be different for each church community and it’s worth some intentional thinking. Continue reading

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Snappy writing: five tips for your church website

So you’re responsible for writing your church’s website text. Bless you. Here are some quick tips for making that web text functional. Continue reading

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