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Churches, Worshipers Use Web to Connect With Faith

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Praying the Rosary involves three simultaneous actions, says Catholic Kathryn Reklis, assistant professor of Modern Protestant Theology at Fordham University. “You pray repetitively, while meditating on something that is not explicitly the words of your prayer, while your hands do something else.” Can you do that online? asks Reklis. “Sure! There are many mobile apps that offer aids for praying the Rosary,” and “as our handheld devices become more thoroughly integrated into our lives, tapping a screen may not be so different than shifting a bead in the hand.”

Digital prayer apps and websites, she says, offer visual and aural dimensions of contemplative prayer that can help lift us out of the “verbal dominant” assumptions about prayer.

Lerone A. Martin, assistant professor of American religious hstory and culture at Eden Theological Seminary, points to Prayrlist, a social media platform that allows users to learn instantly of the prayer requests of other users, and to indicate that the request has been received, heard and prayed over. “The effect of Prayrlist and other social media on the tenor and nature of our prayers and spiritual practices is a hotly debated topic,” he says. “Nevertheless, Prayrlist does remind me of an old adage often repeated in the faith community of my youth: ‘Prayer knows no distance!’“

These and other reflections are included in a six-part blog series, Prayer and Social Media, archived as a downloadable PDF file on the website of The New Media Project , whose purpose is in part to help pastors and religious leaders employ new media to strengthen faith communities. For more reflection on prayer and the prayer life, read our feature article, “Meeting God in Holy Silence.” You might also want to explore the articles and links on our Spiritual Practices page, located under the Congregations heading.

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Insights Into Religion, August 14, 2014

Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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What is the least technology you need to achieve the most for your congregation? How do you decide which technological advances to integrate and which to pass by? Using the latest in church management software to illustrate, this article, one of the many technology resources offered by the Center for Congregations, makes the point that technology alone will not revolutionize a congregation.
But clearly delineated processes supported by technology can.
Spark leadership-level discussions on the proper role and limits of technology, and stimulate a vision of how your congregation can transform its interaction with members and outsiders through strategic use of technology. The Center for Congregations strengthens Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their challenges and opportunities. The Center shares its learning with a national audience. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Insights into Religion, August 21, 2014

Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals (Resources)

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals

What is the least technology you need to achieve the most for your congregation? How do you decide which technological advances to integrate and which to pass by? Using the latest in church management software to illustrate, this article, one of the many technology resources offered by the Center for Congregations, makes the point that technology alone will not revolutionize a congregation.

But clearly delineated processes supported by technology can.

Spark leadership-level discussions on the proper role and limits of technology, and stimulate a vision of how your congregation can transform its interaction with members and outsiders through strategic use of technology. The Center for Congregations strengthens Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their challenges and opportunities. The Center shares its learning with a national audience.

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Insights into Religion e-newsletter, August 21, 2014

Figuring out how to mourn in the Age of Skype

Posted on: July 13th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Figuring out how to mourn in the Age of Skype


Soon after returning to the United States from Cambridge University, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig learned by email and Twitter that her instructor had died in a car accident. Back in the UK, people were as grief stricken as she was, but she couldn’t see or hear or touch them — all important parts of traditional Christian mourning. At the Atlantic, she asks, do religious traditions still provide a good map for grieving?

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity,  Faith & Leadership,  News & Ideas,  July 11, 2014

Resources for church communications in the digital age

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Christian leaders today have to grapple with one of the most profoundly disruptive trends in the world: the digital revolution. Faith & Leadership offers resources to help with communications — online, in traditional media, in marketing, and within organizations. Read more »

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, Faith & Leadership, May 20, 2014

 

 

Social Media Sunday: June 29, 2014

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Social Media Sunday: June 20, 2014

Social Media Sunday. It’s a thing. Or at least it could be, this June, in your parish. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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Weekly update from The Community, May 16, 2014

 

Telling the good news, in the media

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Telling the good news, in the media

It isn’t easy for a church or other Christian organization to get media coverage (unless something has gone wrong). But it is possible, with these 10 tips from two church communications consultants.

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas,  April 29, 2014

 

 

The nun who got addicted to Twitter

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The nun who got addicted to Twitter

The Atlantic: Can evangelization work on social media?

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas, April 10, 2014

 

 

People for whom one cellphone isn’t enough

Posted on: April 5th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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People for whom one cellphone isn’t enough

With work and home lives more intertwined than ever, some people are trying to maintain a clear line between the two by carrying two cellphones, the Wall Street Journal reports. With pictures of the children on one device and emails to the boss on the other, having two phones creates an extra layer of privacy.

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas, April 2, 2014

Selfies bring ashtags to Lent

Posted on: March 8th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Selfies bring ashtags to Lent

Wall Street Journal: Christians embrace, and debate, a modern show of faith’s place on Ash Wednesday.

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, News & Ideas, March 6, 2014