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  • Prayer and new media: A liberation perspective

    Mar 19, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Monica A. Coleman | Communal prayer is a tactile experience for me. In my denominational tradition, African Methodism, we come to a wooden altar at the front of the church, kneel, and pray. In my favorite worship experiences, the “Altar Prayer” portion of the Sunday liturgy takes twenty or thirty minutes.

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  • Social media as alternative liturgy

    Mar 15, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Robert C. Saler, guest blogger | In Greek mythology, the hero Theseus runs across a particularly nasty character named Procrustes, who invites those passing by his home to spend the night in his dwelling, promising them that they will fit comfortably in the bed that he will provide. Unbeknownst to those who accept, though, Procrustes ensures this perfect fit by attacking his guests and “fitting” them to his iron bed.

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  • Prayer and social media: Call and response

    Mar 12, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | “Amen!” “Yes!” “Say it!” “Come on now!” Such phrases are commonly interjected during worship in America’s multi-hued Pentecostal and evangelical traditions. These proclamations are often heard during the preaching moment as well as prayer, offering instant affirmation (and at times rebuke) to the words and prayers that are uttered.

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  • Prayer and new media: A Catholic perspective

    Mar 05, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Kathryn Reklis | I teach the history of Christian thought and practice from the Reformation period to the present at a Jesuit university in New York. Leading my mostly cradle-Catholic students through the early Protestant polemics against Catholicism during the first weeks of Lent raised a host of questions about rituals and sacraments, ordination and scripture, and about prayer.

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  • Prayer and social media: An Anabaptist perspective

    Feb 26, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | Last week, a Mennonite pastor reported (in a face-to-face conversation, I might add) that she had recently gone off email, and presumably other social media, for three days, because “I was burned out.” After the break, she said, “I felt so much better going back to work after have three days off email.”

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