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  • Victim of Gun Violence writes moving message to Dylann Roof

    In the aftermath of the Charleston Shooting, many people have turned to social media to give their opinion and perspective on the tragedy. An African American man named Marcus Stanley survived being shot eight times in 2004 and he decided to write a Facebook post to Dylann Roof, the person who took the lives of nine innocent people. Marcus dealt with much anger and bitterness after being shot on Baltimore Street where a gang was allegedly conducting an initiation rite. He decided to turn to God, which allowed him to forgive the gang member who pulled the trigger.

  • Religion responds to the Charleston AME Church through Twitter

    Religions and leaders of faith responded to the Charleston shooting through Twitter on Thursday. The hashtag #CharlestonShooting was used by many as they showed their love and support for the AME Church. With nine lives lost in this horrific tragedy, people were flooded with emotions and Twitter was a great way for them to reach others. David Wolpe, a Rabbi tweeted, "Our prayers for the sweet city of #Charleston, where my father began as a Rabbi. Tragic evil in a House of God. #CharlestonShooting".

  • Sacred statues that were destroyed return as 3D projections

    In March 2001, The Sunni Muslim Taliban forces destroyed the Buddha statues that were located in the Bamiyan Valley. This was an act of religious terror and Leader Mullah Omar forced his local workers to blow them up because he believed the Buddha statues were false idols. These statues had been located in Afghanistan for about 1,500 years and for over a decade nothing had been done to them. Very recently, two Chinese documentarians, Janson Yu and Liyan Hu, created 3D projections where over 150 people watched.

  • Pope Francis says we have a technology problem

    This week, Pope Francis said that people have become too dependent on computers. Although he takes selfies and takes Twitter by storm, he hasn't used a computer or watched TV in years. The article highlighted that the Internet does have a positive side where it can unite people, but as a society we don't use it necessarily for the best reasons. The Catholic Church has had issues with technology based on their past experiences. The printing press made the corruption and disorder so public, which caused a lot of problems for the church.

  • CFP: Teaching Media Quarterly

    There are two different call for papers for the Teaching Media Quarterly. One is for the Summer 2015 edition and the other is for the Fall 2015 one. The Summer 2015 edition will be focusing on "Teaching Media Production" and the deadline for submissions is June 19th. The Fall 2015 quarterly will spotlight "Religion and Media" and the submission deadline is ongoing. For the "Teaching Media Production", the following are the questions they are looking for people to answer:

  • Post Doctoral Position Opening at the University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo has a post doctoral research fellowship position open within the Department of Media and Communication. The person selected for the position would be expected to become part of the Department's research environment and contribute to development of the research area of media, culture and society. The position would last four years and would also entail a 25% workload of teaching and supervision duties.

  • CFP: Early Stage Researchers Colloquium 2015

    There is a call for papers for the annual Early Stage Research Colloquium held by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. It will be on September 24th, 2015 in Berlin. They invite Ph.D. candidates and post-docs to discuss the following topics:

  • Millenials Are Losing Their Religion

    American Millenials, or those born between 1982 and 1999, are less likely to identify as religious compared to previous generations. Researchers studied data from 11 million respondents and found that even though the majority of adolescents still identify as religious in some way, a growing number is identifying as having no religion. The people they were researching consisted of everyone from eighth graders to college students between 1966 and 2014. The trend begins in 2000 and college students who identified as having no religion increased from 13% to 25% in the same time period.

  • Church of England to Live Stream Services

    The Church of England is going to start live streaming their services for those who find it too scary to sit in pews. They are wanting to broadcast their Sunday services live on the Internet to accommodate those who are scared. The Church House headquarters in London are very supportive of this new technology and are encouraging parishes to take advantage of it. The new streaming service is owned by Twitter and called Periscope.

  • CFP: Dialogo Conference 2015

    There is a call for papers for the Dialogo Conference in Romania. The conference will be held November 5th through the 11th. This is the 2nd virtual international conference on the dialogue between science and theology. There are 14 different topics of interest to choose from, including:
    1. Art and Literature & Religion (topics under consideration: Theatre, Visual Arts, Architecture, Photography, Design and any other implications that human creativity and art inspiration have impact on/from religion).
    2. Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environment & Theology

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