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Studying technology & ecclesiology in online multi-site worship

TitleStudying technology & ecclesiology in online multi-site worship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCampbell, H, Delashmutt, M
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
KeywordsOnline, technology, worship

This study brings together research approaches from media studies and practical theology in order to study and understand the relationship between online technological features of multi-site worship and the larger offline worshipping community to which it is connected. From the perspective of media studies we reflect on how new media technologies and cultures are allowed to shape online worship spaces and how larger institutional traditions and structures are allowed to shape technologically mediated church events. From the perspective of practical theology we use the notion of inculturation as a lens for a better understanding of the specific ways in which Christian worship practices adapt, change, and respond to the new cultural setting which emerges from the online worship context. Together, these approaches illuminate the interplay between digital technology and ecclesiological tradition in shaping multi-site church worship practices.