Wednesday, June 27, 2007

iGod in New Zealand

Just had an email from Heidi Campbell, who is a bit of an academic guru on internet and spirituality:

I am working on a project in how individuals involved in the emerging church discourse use and speak about new media in their ministries. I was wondering if you can recommend other people it might be good for me to connect with while I am in NZ. I will be in country for the entire month of July.

She is going to be with us in Christchurch Saturday July 27 for a interactive seminar on religion, internet and new media. If people around New Zealand want to connect with her, drop a comment.

And here is my initial list of links of individuals involved in the emerging church discourse in New Zealand who use new media in their ministries.

Cityside Baptist: check out their Stations of the cross and their Lenten files as a multimedia and internet resourced approach to Lent.

the kitchen: which includes an active blogroll and often posts interactive stuff on their website, like these Kingdom of God cards

In my Out of Bounds Church? book (pages 125-129, I dream about the rise of postmodern monastries and cybermonks and analyse them, and other manifestations of the emerging church, using the work of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.

Steve Garner is probably NZ’s leading academic in relation to technology and theology, while Tim Bulkeley leads the way on hypertext and the Bible (and built my first website last century).

Use of cellphones: for communion here and for benedictions here.

Blogs: lots of blogs by Christians. Some good blogrolls are maintained here (scroll down the left under Cession) and here and here

Videoblogging: discussion here around whether these videoblogs are becoming 3 minute theology

Blogs to enhance seminary learning: here

Podcasting the Bible: here

Who and what (in New Zealand) have I missed?

Posted by steve at 08:13 PM


  1. Well, I’d add Anthony Dancer’s (experimental?) work with the Anglican social justice web site/blog. More than just an institutional portal, it encourages others to contribute their own related content to the site – moving beyond just allowing comments, and maybe becoming a nascent community in its own right?

    Comment by Stephen Garner — June 28, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  2. Great site and good ideas. The technology revolution certainly has its dark side, but it is also a real gift for the Gospel. As more and more people turn to blogs, MySpace, YouTube and the rest there are increasing opportunities for Christian writers, artists and preachers to use it in new and exciting ways.

    Comment by Andrew Butcher — June 28, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

  3. Steve,

    I was interviewed by a guy doing a PhD on this area here in Melbourne. If she wants anything from over here I am happy to refer.

    see you soon in WA.


    Comment by Andrew — June 29, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

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