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Technology, faith, idolatry, and autocorrect disdain for Episcopalians

Adam Copeland, a professor and student of religion, relates smartphones to John Calvin, Martin Luther, and asks if they help or hinder our faith in a post on his blog, titled “Pastor, Bless My iPhone”.

From the post:

When it comes to theology and that tricky word “sin,” often defined as the things that separate us from God, I admit that my beloved iPhone and MacBook tempt me to accept false promises, misplaced attachments, and confused praise. As theologian John Calvin put […]

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Doing pre-convention meetings by webinar

The Diocese of Virginia holds its Annual Council (its name for Annual Convention) beginning tomorrow. Traditionally one or more pre-council meetings are held at locations around the diocese to discuss resolutions, amendments to Constitution and Canons, and the budget. For many it’s a long drive for a short meeting, and attendance suffers.

This year pre-council was held by webinar. Diocesan officers and members of the relevant committees gathered at the diocesan house. The webinar was facilitated by Emily Cherry, Communications Director of […]

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Social media and the events at GTS

We are interested in hearing your thoughts on the role that social media–specifically blogs, Facebook and Twitter–played in the events that unfolded over the last several weeks at General Theological Seminary. It feels to us as though the Episcopal Church has just been through a new experience and we’d like to try to understand it

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Faith, teens and digital media

Art Bamford of Fuller Youth Institute talks to danah boyd, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, a Professor at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, about parenting, adolescence, faith and the place of digital media.

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Now that I have your divided attention

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

– 1928 Book of Common Prayer

Are smart phones eating away at our relationships? Or is “quiet time with devices” OK?

Alaina Kleinbeck writing in Faith and

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Nothing new under the sun

As the 2014 begins, many of us make resolutions of things we want to do (or not do!) this year. Our memories can transform life’s moments from disconnected dots into a ray, a trajectory anchored by birth at one end. What is the trajectory of your life, i.e., toward what (or whom) is your life aimed? In other words, what is your spiritual anamnesis?

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The angry priest or the boorish photographer?

… bad photography (and unconscious photographers) can, like bad liturgy (and unconscious celebrants), get in the way. This is what happened in the video when it went viral: the conversation became about “The Angry Priest vs. The Boorish Photographers” when we should have been celebrating the couple’s marriage.

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Smartphones in church: permission granted

During the first century stories of faith and God’s grace were told on mountains or shouted from rooftops. These days, the ability to do this is quite literally in the palm of our hand. How will you provide permission to share the Good News in this way?

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A Transgenerational Church in the Digital Age

by Lisa Fischbeck

Tanzina Vega reported for the New York Times on January 16, that the television show “Scandal” is making “friends and history”.

The article cited that the show, now in its second season, had 3.52 million viewers aged 18 to 49 and 8.4 million total viewers the previous week.

A large part of Scandal’s success is due to the skill of Kerry Washington, a rare African-American female lead who plays a complex and gifted character. But the success of the show […]

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A Virtual and a Very Real Community

by Linda Ryan

I’m proud to be part of EfM, Education for Ministry. I’ve been a student and am now a co-mentor to two fine groups of intelligent, inquiring, contributing souls who meet weekly to worship, chat about goings-on in our lives, study and be involved in both theological reflection and a ministry of prayer. They are not much different than most EfM groups except that the folks in my groups have, for the most part, never laid physical eyes on […]

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