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  • The top ten reasons to use CaringBridge when bad things happen

    Dec 04, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Deanna Thompson, guest blogger | In the face of unwelcome diagnoses, serious accidents or other life-threatening events, one of the many challenges is how—and when and with whom—to communicate. Shortly after I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, my brother set up a CaringBridge site to keep others informed of my condition.

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  • New media usage rates challenge assumptions

    Nov 30, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | A common complaint from church people about digital communication is that because Internet and computer access is not distributed equally, lauding the use of such technology in church communities is neither fair nor just. How can we hold up technological innovation in congregations and institutions as examples of good ministry when it is next to impossible for many people to even get online?

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  • An old Bond

    Nov 27, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Jason Byassee | You don’t normally expect to go to Bond movies for profundity. You watch Bond for a few familiar things: buxom babes (now brainier and badder); luxuries, like 50-year old Macallan; gravity-defying chases, like this one’s motorcycle one across rooftops in Istanbul. But the most recent Bond installment offers some reflection on technology that can be of use to people of faith.

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  • Lead us … not….

    Nov 20, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | A recent study of the online and social media practices of teens aged 12-17 revealed that neither clergy nor faith communities exact a strong influence on the ethics of such practices. Of the approximately 800 teens and parents polled for The Pew Study on teens and social media, 95 percent of the teens were frequently online.

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  • Pinning God

    Nov 16, 2012 | New Media Project

    By Monica A. Coleman | I dashed into the small coffee shop to get out of the rain. The sound of the rain echoed around me as I discovered that I had encountered more than a shelter from the weather and more than a place for a latte or espresso. Just behind the coffee beans, pastries, and made-to-order sandwiches was an Eastern Orthodox Church. That was when I looked around and saw the icons for sale near the front door of the coffee shop.

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