Super excited about the conference

Posted Jan 30, 2013 | New Media Project


By Verity A. Jones

The one-day conference, Digital Church: Theology and New Media, at Union Theological Seminary is just 10 days away. On February 8, 141 folks (so far) will be gathering in the Social Hall to share findings from the New Media Project’s first two years of research and writing. This is free, by the way, because it’s supported by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. We do ask you to register, however, so that we can plan appropriately.

Some presenters were featured in our case studies. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tony Lee, Eugene Cho, Susie Shaefer, and Eric Elnes will be on hand to share their ongoing good work in ministry and media. Are we lucky or what! Research fellows will share their best theological reflection. Monica A. Coleman, Lerone Martin, Jim Rice, Kathryn Reklis, and Jason Byassee have been amazing partners in this work. And Serene Jones and Daisy Machado from Union Theological Seminary will offer their responses to all these new ideas.

Have I said how honored I am that Union has hosted this project for two years?

We will video-record the event. Sorry we couldn’t get live streaming on the web to work out. But SALT Project director Liz Myer Boulton and her crew will be there to capture all the great moments. So video will be available on the New Media Project website after some editing time has elapsed.

And of course, social media! Meredith Gould, author, blogger, and digital strategist will be helping us coordinate Twitter and Facebook. You can get started anytime with #digchurch13. Shoot your thoughts and comments to the New Media Project Facebook page before, during, and after the conference as well.

Verity A. Jones is the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, and project director of the New Media Project which is now part of this new Center.

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  1. 1 Meredith Gould 05 Mar
    Thanks for the shout-out, Verity! Lots of interest, growing daily, in the theological framework for using social media to build church and faith. Personally? I'll excited about meeting more-than-a-few #chsocm chat folks in person.
  2. 2 Verity A. Jones 05 Mar
    Meredith, I'm looking forward to seeing you and many others! Thanks for helping us out.
  3. 3 Wil 05 Mar
    Thanks for the reference, one of these days I will be able to attend a conference. Maybe there will be one in Indianapolis???
  4. 4 New Media Project 05 Mar
    We won't do another conference quite like this one that reviews and explores the highlights of our work so far with all of the case study subjects and research fellows together in one room like this again. The ideas generated today may very well help define the shape of our working going into the future. However, we will be doing workshops in the future, even though they have not yet been defined nor scheduled. It is likely that workshops will be offered Indianapolis at some point.



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