Trends in modern communication vehicles are happening so rapidly, one can hardly stay abreast. What with the emergence of the Internet, e-mail, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the communications revolution often outpaces the church’s ability to fully understand these electronic tools. Union Theological Seminary in New York City has launched www.NewMediaProjectAtUnion.org, the website and blog of the New Media Project where useful resources about these trends can be found.
The New Media Project, funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., explores how pastors and lay leaders might employ new technologies to strengthen their communities in the midst of the massive shifts occurring in digital communication today. The new website and blog will feature the work of five research fellows – as well as the work of Project Director Verity A. Jones, former publisher and editor of DisciplesWorld Magazine – in assisting pastors and others with a broad theologically-grounded reflection on the lasting effect these technologies will have on the church and its global ministries.