Posts Tagged ‘Evangelisation’

The invisible string between religious proselytizing and influencing

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
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I’ve been thinking about religion, my own relationship to it, and how it shows up when I observe influencers. These dense subjects arose for me after this New York Times op-ed about how influencers have kind of become secular morality preachers was published last week, just as religion came up in a discussion group I’m Read more

The empty religions of Instagram

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
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On Instagram, I follow 700 people, mostly women. One hundred of those women follow Glennon Doyle, whose memoir “Untamed” has been on the Times best-seller list for 51 weeks. Fans of Ms Doyle’s gospel, an accessible combination of self-care, activism and tongue-in-cheek Christianity (“Jesus loves me, this I know, for he gave me Lexapro”), can Read more

Can reinventing parish life save it?

Monday, March 1st, 2021

In a pastoral message released in December, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of the Archdiocese of Quebec announced a dramatic transformation in how the Catholic Church in the province should understand itself. Faced with declining resources and a faithful but increasingly small cohort of weekly Mass attendees—between 2 and 11 percent of the province, according to The Read more

Catholic ‘influencers’ use TikTok for community and evangelisation

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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When Amber-Rose Schneider first joined TikTok — the snappy, short-form social media app with more than 1 billion users worldwide — she wanted to see more young teenage creators like herself, who reflected her Catholic beliefs. A self-described “cradle Catholic” and graphic design student at Liberty University, Schneider, now 21, began using her TikTok as Read more

Gordon Taylor takes the church to town

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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In the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, Reverend Gordon Taylor is poised to relaunch an initiative, that he began in 2017, to talk over a cuppa in Zuma, a Nelson cafe. For many people unable to work over lockdown, “I think that was a good time to reassess our values.” “My expectation is – linked Read more

Israel pulls the plug on GOD TV

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Israel has decided to remove the U.S.-based evangelical Christian station GOD TV from the Israeli cable television provider HOT due to claims that it was trying to evangelize Jews. Asher Biton, chairman of Israel’s Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he told the station last Thursday that it has seven days to halt broadcasting. The Read more

Pastoral outreach methods changed forever

Monday, May 25th, 2020
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During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home. If pajamas have become the new workplace attire and the sofa has been transformed into the new desktop, where does that leave a U.S. Catholic Church yearning to stay connected with its parishioners through Zoom liturgies Read more

Pet service blesses all creatures great and small

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Nelson Cathedral pews made way for paws as a pet service welcomed all things bright and beautiful. Dogs dominated the furry friends at the Sunday morning service where all animals were invited, but other four-legged friends included guinea pigs and cats. The one hour of worship had a theme of animals with many hymns, Read more

Evangelistion: Ecology, economy, politics

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Ecology, economy and politics have everything to do with evangelisation. They are not an alternative to it, Pope Francis says. The topics will be discussed at next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. Francis’s mainly conservative, traditional Catholic critics say these topics distract from evangelisation. “What do ecology, economy, and politics have to do Read more

50 years of ‘Sesame Street’: What the show’s history can teach us about evangelisation

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Early one Sunday morning in 1965, the psychologist Lloyd Morrisett found his three-year-old daughter sitting in front of the family television staring at the test pattern. He wondered if he could harness this captivating power of the screen for good and asked as much of the guests at a dinner party he attended shortly thereafter. Read more