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Social Media and Faith


Jenna Redfield

on 14 December 2011

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Church 2.0 Social Media and Faith
Do's and Dont's On Facebook. Taken from "The Lutheran" Magazine (February 2010)
Do use it as a spice to update your day-to-day goings-on. If you want to share something that is particularly interesting, funny or insightful, share away. This mode of communication can convey a message that in pre-Facebook days wouldn't have been shared.

Do use it in your spare time to check in. Facebook has broken down the vacuum of mystery. It's a great way to keep up with others' lives.

Do share good feelings and memories with friends and relatives. It feels great when people remember your birthday or offer kind words during tough times.

Do follow the adage "When in doubt, don't." You or someone you know has probably already had a misunderstanding over a status update (or a response to one) they wish they hadn't made. Even among the closest of friends, the tone of a typed sentence isn't always clear.
Don't update every last thing you do. This has become a greater problem as Facebook has become available on mobile phones. I don't care what you bought at the grocery store or how big a jerk your boss or teacher is. Sifting through these updates is annoying and potentially awkward if you forgot you "friended" that teacher or boss.

Don't get in the habit of obsessively checking Facebook. It can be a productivity killer.

Don't take things personally. If somebody forgets to respond to your wall post or you happen to see something from a friend or relative that you take the wrong way, let it be. When you start taking Facebook personally, it crosses into your real life boundaries and ceases to be a social utility.

Don't assume all your friends share your values and opinions, especially when it comes to politics. Among most friends and relatives, there's a wide spectrum of people potentially reading your posts.
What is Social Media (Web 2.0)?
What is Skype?
Skype is basically a live video feed system used to connect people from computer to computer, and can reach people halfway around the world.
"Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers."
What is Facebook?
Photos/Photo Tagging
Send Messages
Write on each others "Wall", Post Video Messages
Search for Friends
Chat instantly (Instant Messaging)
Create Events and invite people
Update "Status"-a sentence of what is happening in your life, etc..
"Like" other peoples status
Birthdays are remembered
How can technology be used to increase faith?
Can help college students, armed forces, extended family keep in touch
Faith in Skype
Church Social Networks All Saints Could Join
Other Websites to check out
What is Twitter?
Discussion Questions?
Faith in Twitter?
Faith in Facebook?
"Face-To-Face relationships"
"Knowing everyone's news before they
tell you-a good thing or a bad thing?"
Facebook (Farmville) addiction
Distract us from real relationships
Relating to people, similar to church services"
Twitter, at the ELCA Youth Gathering, people could tweet news, pictures prayers, and any other items and have them displayed on televisions throughout the superdome
Some churches post sermons, skits, Sunday school videos, mission trip videos and advertising videos for their church
YouTube is a website that lets anyone upload a video that can be viewed all across the world
Faith Developments through Social Media
Texting Prayers to people
Keeping in touch with people met on mission trip/camp experience
Our attentiveness to everything in front of us is harmed
We lose the connection to others through talking on the phone or face-to-face contact
Multi-tasking is bad, such as talking to someone and texting someone else at the same time, as focus is challenged, so much that it causes more time to be spent trying to do 2 or more things at once
Easy to communicate an idea without having to make a call
Can be used in loud or dangerous situations without making much noise
Faith in YouTube?
“activities that integrate technology, social interaction through words, pictures and videos”
Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Texting, Skype, LinkedIn, YouTube
Debatable views of Facebook
Easy way to stay connected
Internet Evangelism-How to bring people online
closer to God
According to Reverand Michael White, "I think Internet communication can be both authentic and effective as a face-to-face connection, but it's debatable whether it is as effective as a face-to-face conversation," said White. "I believe the ability to read nonverbal language and vocal tone during verbal conversation makes a face-to-face connection more effective for evangelism than an email, an IM, a real-time chat in a chat room, or a blog, or even Facebook. Even with emoticons, it's still possible to misunderstand another's tone... Because I am a very straightforward person when it comes to stating my strongly held convictions, I have had to apologize more than once to someone who mistook my tone in an email as sterner than I intended."
Also in the article, John Saddington says, "One of the nice things about social media is that it establishes a two-way conversation," he said, "Historically, evangelism gets a bad rap because it looks like someone beating someone else over the head with a Bible. Instead of blaring our faith into people's faces, we can use blogs and social media to dialogue. For example, with a blog, people can comment and start a dialogue. Social media has enabled us to tell stories faster and more effectively."
Encouraging stories
Christian version of YouTube
Positive and Uplifting News
Christian Twitter
Are we becoming too dependent on techology?
Is loss of human communication inevitable? Will people
be able to communicate at all face-to-face?

Are people telling more online than they do in real life?
Or is all these points overreacting?
Let's look at both teenagers and adults opinions
Any other ways?
Point of this discussion
A-To learn more about social media
B-To find out positives and negatives
of social networks
C-Find out the opinions of different generatios
on their use of social media
D-Brainstorm new ideas about how to use social media
as a way to help increase our faith

Any more?
Hulu-The future of

Established NBC, ABC, FOX as a way to watch television from one place
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