Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Seculosity: How career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance became our new religion Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. But chances are that the details of their lives — from their phones and their politics to their dinner plates and how they raise their kids — are still ruled by some sort of a religious impulse, says author David Zahl. Zahl is the founder Read more

Have smartphones destroyed a generation? Comments 0

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone – she’s had Read more

Simple technology helps prevent refugee sex trafficking Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Refugee protection

When Syrian refugees leave their camps, they pack three items: food, water, and light. The first two generally come in the form of packages from the United Nation’s World Food Program or other nonprofit organizations. The latter, however, traditionally came in the form of kerosene lamps, which are less than ideal. In fact, they’re often Read more

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook can play a role that churches once filled Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook users to start playing a similar role to pastors in churches; bringing communities together. “People who go to church are more likely to volunteer and give to charity — not just because they’re religious, but because they’re part of a community,” he said. “A church doesn’t just come together. It Read more

Teacher-led Innovation Fund: 8 Catholic schools colaborate for teaching technology Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Eight Catholic secondary schools in the Wellington Archdiocese are participating in an inquiry project about enhancing students’ outcomes in technology. The lead school in the project is Chanel College in Masterton. The other participating schools are: St Patrick’s College (Silverstream), St Patrick’s College (Wellington), St Bernard’s College, Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt), Garin College, (Nelson),  St Read more

No more money in the plate; pass the touch pad Comments 0

Friday, August 21st, 2015

In the diocese of El Paso, in the United States, two parishes have entered the digital age by providing a touch pad on a stand, called a kiosk, for people to make credit-card donations. “Passing the basket and taking those gifts to the altar is a very important part of the Mass,” said Janine Young, Read more

No selfies at Tekapo’s Church of the Good Shepherd Comments 0

Friday, July 17th, 2015

An increase in numbers and visitors disrespecting God’s house have resulted in a selfies ban inside Tekapo’s iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. The interdenominational church is one of the most popular scenic icons in the country with an estimated 100,000-plus visitors a year. The Mackenzie Co-operating Parish oversees the church. Parish committee member Graeme Read more

Mobile phones and Mass don’t mix Comments 0

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

It has become common for parishes to put notices in their bulletins about powering off mobile phones during parish liturgies. But not everyone takes heed. There are instances of ringtones, texting or even calls during being taken during liturgies. Deacon Greg Kandra says his favourite moment involving a cell phone in church happened near the Read more

Children as young as ten swapping nude pictures on phones Comments 0

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Concern is growing about increased pressures on teenagers to engage in risky behaviour such as sending sexually explicit text messages. Celebrity culture, the prevalence of sexual imagery and a lack of awareness about the consequences are among the pressures experts say are being piled on teenagers. Parents are now being called on to educate themselves Read more

When the Steve Jobs / Apple / Religion Analogy Goes Too Far Comments 0

Friday, September 13th, 2013

In a review entitled “How Steve Jobs and Apple Turned Technology into a Religion,” Chris O’Brien explains that Jobs managed to bring about the apotheosis of silicon-based products, pointing out, in particular, that Jobs was involved in Eastern religious practices, and that Apple executives have talked about making “a cult product,” spread by salespeople known Read more