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  • Community formation and social media: The blessing of fluidity

    Jun 10, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Kimberly Knight | In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “It is the curse and promise (of Christendom) that God’s people must dwell in far countries among unbelievers, but it will be the seed of the kingdom of God in all the world. It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visible in this world to share God’s word and sacrament."

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  • Community formation and social media: Embracing the awkward

    May 27, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Carolyn Lesmeister and Joshua Burkholder | I do not remember junior high with fondness. My body was disproportionate to itself; my hair was recovering from the 1980s; and my mouth contained so much orthodontic work that I developed a legitimate fear of magnets. To make matters worse, everyone else seemed to have it all figured out. They were confident, pretty, well-dressed, and could stand next to refrigerators without having panic attacks.

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  • Community formation and social media: People show up for content and stay for relationships

    May 13, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Brandon Cox, guest blogger | I'm not particularly a fan of the phrase "social media." It's a new term that describes something very old. Media has always existed, we just somehow moved away from treating it socially for about 100 years. In other words, the trends we see in social media merely reflect the realities of how humans relate to each other.

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  • Community formation and social media: Series introduction

    Apr 29, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | Do social media help or hinder the formation of communities of faith? Does the temptation to gossip on social media negatively impact a community trying to live together faithfully? Do people really share what’s happening in their lives on social media—are they honest—or do they just share their glossy selves and even invent some of that?

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  • New Media Project announces changes for next phase

    Apr 15, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | I have good news to share. Lilly Endowment Inc. has granted Christian Theological Seminary additional funding to complete a transitional phase of the New Media Project over the next 18 months. The support will enable the New Media Project to further its work of research and interpretation so that we might better help religious leaders think theologically about technology. We are exceedingly grateful for this support.

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