Auburn Theological Seminary is delighted to host “A Material Church in a Digital Age”


Auburn Theological Seminary is delighted to host “A Material Church in a Digital Age,” a brown-bag lunch program led by Carol Howard Merritt and Edward Blum on Wednesday, March 6 at 12:30 pm in the Stewart Room on the campus of Union Theological Seminary. 

This program will examine how “the digital explosion” changes the ways in which we understand God, our communities, and ourselves. As the proliferation of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube alters the visual production and spread of Jesus imagery, allowing Christ to be remade countless times, how does this affect the ways in which we proclaim the Incarnation? With the evolution of social media impacting how we construct our identities, communicate with one another, and organize for social action, how does this transform our worship and work? From Obama to Occupy, Edward Blum and Carol Howard Merritt will explore what it means to be a material church in a digital age.

Carol Howard Merritt is a prominent voice in the ecumenical church on ministry in the digital age.  She is the award-winning author of Tribal Church and Reframing Hope, and has contributed to numerous books, websites, magazines, and journals.  Edward Blum is a historian of race and religion in America.  He is the author of several important books in this area, and he co-authored The Color of Christ: the Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, which was recently named one of the Best Religion Books of 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly.

This is a timely and important issue for church leaders, and we are excited to have such strong leaders for it.  You will not want to miss this!