[CANCER] Get the Activity In: #PokemonGo Walks #BreastCancer

In July 2016, I blogged about Pokemon Go, how I'd been learning to play it, and how I could see the potential for churches, and wider society. I felt that I'd just been experimenting with it to see if I could see the potential, and having "never been a gamer", didn't expect to keep playing it. My blog post led to a piece on the LSE Religion and Public Sphere Blog, and an interview on…

[GUEST POST for @LSE_RPS] From Pokémon Go to Hashtags: How digital and social media is changing the Church

The recently formed Religion and the Public Sphere research group at London School of Economics seeks to explore the place and role of religion in British public life today. Posts on the blog explore how religion does and doesn’t matter in British public life, and how it should and shouldn’t. "The point is to know religion a bit better, not simply as believers or disbelievers in specific tenets of faith, and not simply as insiders to…

Pokémon Go: An evil for churches and dangerous for children?

This time last week, Pokémon was entirely not on my radar (too old to have got involved first time around), then gradually material started filtering through on my social media feeds as people around the world were playing it - and I Googled to find out 'what is it?' It is a massively multiplayer mobile game that uses real-world geography and location data as an anchor for its fictional narrative. If that 'proper' explanation doesn't work for…