The speed of technological change has adjusted the way in which we communicate on a daily basis. It has radically transformed our personal lives, the lives of our faithful, and the ministries of our parishes. The Church should view these new forms of communication as a positive addition to its ministry and as a way to enhance the lives of our communities.
Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.
When the Orthodox Marketplace began getting requests from parishes that were trying to locate the traditional wooden boxes with the year in icons, we obviously weren’t the only ones getting this request. Several vendors started importing them, but these collections of icons end up being fairly costly as a result. So the search began to find alternatives, of which there seemed to be few. In thinking this over with some of my colleagues, we began looking at how modern technology might offer an alternative solution compatible with the customary parish experience.
Facebook is an important tool for parishes to incorporate into their Internet Ministry. It's a good way to connect with parishioners, introduce the Church to future visitors, and reach out to people who may have fallen away. This article gives an overview of the different Facebook Account types, and how you can best integrate them into your Ministries.
Below you will find an ongoing compilation of resources that we feel will be helpful to you as you develop technology and internet resources for your parish or organization.
Are you frustrated that you cannot send large files over email? Let the Department of Internet Ministries and Dropbox help! Never before has it been easier to share files across the internet. Dropbox is one of many free options out there to have free online storage for files for your website or email.