New Media Project

Helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology

Founded in 2010, the New Media Project aims to help religious leaders think theologically about digital technology. We think leaders need more than primers in building websites and using social media tools. We believe that leaders of faith communities also need a larger interpretive framework for recognizing and evaluating what’s happening in communication today. Even though the major shift in patterns and tools of communication brought about by digital technology will have a lasting effect on the church, compelling theological interpretations of the shift have not yet been adequately developed. Nor do sufficient strategic frameworks yet exist to help faith communities move forward using technology in theologically responsible ways.

We aim to change that. 

Explore the project on this website: Read the blog, case studies, and theological essays. View the videos from our February 8, 2013 conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media. Most of it can be accessed from the Findings page. Become part of the community talking about these things. Share your thoughts and insights, questions and ponderings through comments on pages and blog posts. Join our Facebook page or Twitter feed

Featured Posts

  • Community formation and social media: Moderating conflict in an online community

    Posted Jul 08, 2014 | New Media Project

    By David Hayward, guest blogger | One of the most important aspects of community is strong leadership, or moderation. This is also true of an online community. If you are not involved with the leadership of the community, make sure someone is. Don't assume that it will run itself. With my online community, The Lasting Supper, I am not the only one involved.

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  • Community formation and social media: Community beyond statistics

    Posted Jun 24, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | Last fall the National Catholic Reporter published an article on a recent study conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA): “Study: Most Catholics aren't searching for spirituality online.” The study focused on Catholics who attend mass at least once a week and found that of that group only “13 percent of them read Catholic blogs and 17 percent view religious material on YouTube,” whereas one in four read diocesan newspapers or magazines in print form.

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