Category Archive: Technology & Religion

Feb 06

Death by Drones

While I understand that in theory drone strikes keep troops off the ground, I also think they cause great harm. First of all, people are killed by a faceless attacker. But are they really faceless? No…someone exists behind the computer where the strike is executed. That is beginning to cause great psychological harm to those …

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Nov 13

Sacramental Skyping

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In my ministry I have used Skype in a variety of settings: I do spiritual direction with one person about once a month using Skype which is a clear experiment merging the use of technology with the practice of spiritual direction. I has it’s glitches occasionally with a break up here and there and the …

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Nov 02

On Why You Got Un-friended

So I have been reading a lot about social networking these days and the latest research shows that it’s more important to have friends who are active with you on social networking rather than just a sheer number of friends. So last night while listening to radio reports on Hurricane Sandy, I began to look …

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Aug 12

Facebook Forgivers

So I’ll be honest, some days the factions in the Catholic Church drive me up the wall. For instance my colleague Jim Martin, SJ posted a picture of Sr. Pat Farrell, the head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on Facebook and immediately people talked about her being a “bad Catholic.” Fr. Jim then …

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Jul 20

Buzz Aldrin Received the Eucharist on the Moon?

Editor’s note: Buzz Aldrin was Presbyterian…a snip from an old post in Guideposts from 1989: Before the lift-off, Aldrin was looking for a way to honor God’s presence in the Apollo 11 space mission. He talked with his minister, Dean Woodruff of Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston. When in their discussions the Christian sacrament of …

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Jul 05

Higgs Boson Does Not Disprove God

There’s a few items on my mind with regards to the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, an amazing event in the world of physics, which has been referred to as the “God particle.” First of all, scientists hate the term “God particle” and it’s called that not for any anti-theological reason, but rather because …

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Jun 26

Millennials to Boomers: We KNOW We’re Not Special

Some time ago, David McCullough, Jr wrote a commencement speech for Wellesley High School which, in my opinion, was a dirge and quite frankly inappropriate. Essentially, he told them that they were not special. There was an overlying assumption that millennials feel entitled and special. I didn’t blog it because I thought it was overdone …

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Jun 23

Got Media Problems…Turn to Fox News to Fix ‘em

Yeah…that’s the ticket! From Deacon Greg’s Blog The Vatican has brought in the Fox News correspondent in Rome to help improve its communications strategy as it tries to cope with years of communications blunders and one of its most serious scandals in decades, The Associated Press learned Saturday.Greg Burke, 52, will leave Fox to become …

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Jun 06

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Landingham

72 year old actress Kathryn Joosten, who played the role of Presidential secretary, Mrs. Landingham, died this week. On the West Wing, her character was killed by a drunk driver after being persuaded by the President to go get a new car. It led to one of the greatest monologues in the history of television …

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May 31

Networked: Why We Should Use Social Media in Ministry

I’ve been saying this for years now. Maybe now that pew research is backing me up, the detractors will pay attention. I still get push back from church officials about the need to share information on social networks. Many are afraid of getting sued or of revealing too much. Clerics, most especially, live in a …

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