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Some chewier reflections on new media

Hey! You over there with the iPad. What theological framework shapes your use of new media?

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A prayerful texting pose, by Lars Plougmann on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I have the answer.

No I don’t, of course.

But 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.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that the web has no shortage of snappy top ten lists for how churches can use new communications tools. Some of these are really useful, but there seems to be a shortage of deeper reflection about how Christians should understand and use technology.

I’d say the New Media Project is for those who have studied theology or are curious about it. I’d also note that the site is ecumenical, focused on the American context, and there may be ideas here that rankle some. However, the New Media Project  is definitely worth exploring. Here are some highlights.

Here’s an example of the content. In the essay “Practicing virtue with social media,” Jason Byassee looks at how digital technology can both “save” and “damn” us, but ultimately, God’s salvation should shape our use of these communication tools.

Oh, and if you’re trying to carve out time to slow down and get into this content, here are some good suggestions for how to focus.

Also, as I described in a previous blog, if you’re looking to make time for reflection, the book Living into Focus by the Rev. Dr. Arthur Boers has some great ideas.

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."
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2 Responses to Some chewier reflections on new media

  1. Thanks for reporting on this Ali! I met Verity Jones in Indianapolis a few weeks ago and really appreciated her approach. I felt sorry that our workshop together was so short – I had so many things I wanted to talk to her about! She’s so smart!

  2. Ali – thanks so much for this – I have been desperately looking for stuff on social media and the bigger faith and faith formation questions (beyond the ‘How do we use this to get more into church?’ type questions!!) – and am very much looking forward to digging into the resources on this site…

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