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The Language of Participatory Church: Curation

29.12.2011


In the discussion of participatory church, I find it really fascinating that there are really two conversations about radical shifts in culture going on right now that share some of the same language but apply them in different ways. One is the Internet/tech culture and the other is religious culture, specifically Christian culture (as I see it from my perspective).

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Why Wild Goose Festival Was So Magical

03.07.2011


I’m trying to put into words the experience of the first annual Wild Goose Festival that took place a week ago at Shakori Hills farm in North Carolina. And that’s the word that I keep coming back around to describe the first flight of the Wild Goose — magic.

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The Best Video on the Internet

11.06.2011


This video comes from the Personal Democracy Forum conference earlier this week in New York. The speaker is Jim Gilliam, founder of 3dna and an Internet pioneer/veteran. The subject is “The Internet Is My Religion,” and in this short, 12-minute TED-style talk, Jim shares his personal story and how he’s come to view the Internet as his religion.

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Appreciative Inquiry: The 2 Messages We Need to Hear

31.05.2011


Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle summarized his entire appreciative inquiry workshop — and his advice to all of us as leaders “coaching” other leaders to do transformational work in their own lives and in their churches/faith communities — by saying these two things …

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Appreciative Inquiry: The 3 Stories In Every Situation

28.05.2011


According to Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle, there are always three stories in every situation …

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Appreciative Inquiry and Storytelling

19.05.2011


I just spent the past few days learning the appreciative inquiry model of coaching from Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle, founder and director of the Clergy Leadership Institute. One of the key insights for me was that storytelling is a key component of appreciative inquiry.

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After Theology After Google

14.03.2010


I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Theology After Google conference last week at Claremont School of Theology. As one of the presenters, I was challenged to follow the TED Commandments and present something original and entertaining and funny and succinct (I had 10-12 minutes). With at least one TED fellow in the audience, […]

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Theology After Google (And Apple?)

01.02.2010


Last week, I had the privilege of speaking, via Skype, with the “Theology After Google” class at Claremont School of Theology. Tripp Fuller, who is co-leading the class with Phillip Clayton, recorded my abbreviated talk on “The Theology of Twitter,” and I’m grateful to him for posting it online: I’m extremely excited to be speaking […]

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Theology and Social Media

01.10.2009


I had the opportunity to speak on theology and social media recently at the Christian Education 2.0 conference at Pfeiffer Unversity, which gave me a chance to think about three distinct challenges facing churches as they engage social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, blogs, etc.). I posted the presentation “The Theology of Twitter” on […]

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Networking as a Spiritual Practice

24.08.2009


Today when I see the word “networking,” it’s usually preceded by one of two words: “computer” or “social.” The “computer” kind being the stuff that makes most websites/software actually work, and the “social” kind being things like Facebook and MySpace. Back in the day, there was plenty being written on “networking” as an important practice […]

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