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Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture  in the third sector (especially faith). Author of 'Raising Children in a Digital Age', regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.

[MEDIA] Talking about online church with @RevCharBP for #COVID19 and beyond @BBCRadio4

Post pandemic many say that the Church of England will never be the same again. While their doors may be physically closed - spiritually – some believe that God is reaching into more homes than ever. Online services are booming and pulling in record numbers of participants. But when all of this is over and the doors to places of worship reopen will there still be a demand for congregations gathering via the web? William…

[SPEAKER] Interview with @VaughanParkChapel on Instagram

Normally, with the Vaughan Park scholarship, a public lecture happens towards the end of the scholarship. Obviously, this has not been the scholarship as planned, but one of the things that has happened is that have helped Sapati get going with an Instagram account for Vaughan Park Chapel - and we decided that we'd do a short set of Q&A that could be posted on there (and Facebook later). Earlier today, Sapati and I undertook…

[SPEAKER] Digital Discipleship with Melbourne, Australia, via Zoom

This afternoon, I got to present on 'digital discipleship' to Melbourne in Australia (and anyone else who fancied joining). We had planned to do this session in person next week, but then Coronavirus got in the way - and then as I thought I was to be stuck in New Zealand, we planned to plan a new date for it over the next few weeks. Then I got my seat on the charter flight, so…

[WRITER] Chapter in The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online

I was pleased to be invited to write a chapter for Heidi Campbell's edited collection, related to churches seeking to be online through the coronavirus pandemic, alongside a range of interesting other writers. My work can be found at Chapter 22: An Inclusive Church Community in a Digital Age The coronavirus pandemic has caused churches to use digital technologies in a way that many have never done before: how can it learn from this to…

[MEDIA] Chatting with @PaulHUCB re Tracking Apps and Social Media in #Coronavirus Times

This evening (morning UK time), I had a chat with Paul Hammond on UCB Radio The conversation was triggered by the UK planning to produce a COVID tracking app (see Business Insider, or UnHerd), and whether it's the 'thin end of the wedge' re privacy. There's also an app that was developed by teams working with King's College that I know a number of people have voluntarily used. We then went onto talk about how…
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