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The Association of Religion Data Archives offers an online dictionary of religious terms. ARDA stores nearly 500 data sets from national and international surveys of people and their religious practices and convictions. Definitions in ARDA's dictionary include embedded links to archived studies and other resources housed on the ARDA website, when additional information is available.

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The Association of Religion Data Archives offers an online dictionary of religious terms. ARDA stores nearly 500 data sets from national and international surveys of people and their religious practices and convictions. Definitions in ARDA's dictionary include embedded links to archived studies and other resources housed on the ARDA website, when additional information is available.

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A Screen In The Sanctuary? What Is A Realistic Approach To Social Media And Technology?  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Word Cloud

Rabbi Aaron Spiegel, information technology director for the Center for Congregations, says maybe that’s OK.

“Remember when the trend was technology in worship?,” he said.

That was in the late 1990s, early 2000s. He got panicked calls from churches asking if they had to put screens in their sanctuaries.

His answer then was the same as it now: Why?

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While many clergy have taken to Facebook in the past decade, fewer venture onto other social media sites, especially Twitter. That’s a shame, says Diva Morgan Hicks, online communications manager at the Forum for Theological Exploration.

“It’s an opportunity to share about current events from a theological standpoint,” says Hicks. It’s also a great place to highlight upcoming sermons or series and build anticipation. 

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Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death. So she employed a renewal blog during her sabbatical, made possible by a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant, to maintain contact with her congregation and enliven planned experiences in this congregation to parallel her journey.

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Amy McCreath, an Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the historic and present needs and challenges for Christian mentoring especially with what she calls the present "open source" generation in a post-modern society of increasing complexity. She also discusses the unique requirements of mentoring to the three particularly critical seasons of life, college/young adulthood, early professional life, and early retirement. Her work was made possible through a Louisville Institute clergy sabbatical program.

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