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Communities of (Digital) Practice: Preparing religious leaders for lively online engagement

TitleCommunities of (Digital) Practice: Preparing religious leaders for lively online engagement
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKimball, L, Oliver, K
Conference NameReligious Education Association
Date Published11/2013
PublisherReligious Education Association
Conference LocationBoston, MA
KeywordsChristian education, digital literacy, evangelism, faith formation, social media, theological education

The digital revolution has expanded the skill set needed for leadership in faith communities. Theological education has adapted slowly. We chronicle the transformation of a teaching and learning center at a denominational seminary from static resource-lending enterprise into a dynamic learning lab for digital engagement. Convening communities of digital media practice in an action research setting, the center equips religious educators to be substantial contributors to online conversations about faith. Using situated learning theory, we discuss our research with faith formation practitioners and seminarians.