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Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution By Len Hjalmarson, John La Grou
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"Uttered like a prayer retrieved from the year 2030, spoken in a new tongue, a new form. Listen!" - Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder / Executive Editor WIRED Magazine. VOICES explores the growing... More > influence of technology on the global Christian church. We hear from more than forty influential voices, including technologists and theologians, entrepreneurs and pastors... from a progressive Episcopalian techno-monk to a leading Mennonite professor... from a tech-savvy mobile missionary to a corporate anthropologist whom Worth Magazine calls "one of Wall Street's 25 Smartest Players." Voices is a far reaching exploration of spiritual journey within a culture of increasingly immersive technology. 517 pgs (e-book). Everyone should read this book. For those who truly cannot afford it, contact an editor for a free copy: lenhjal@telus.net / jl@jps.net. More information @ wikiklesia.org. ALL proceeds donated to the Not For Sale Campaign, dedicated to ending human slavery in our time.< Less
THE NEW PARISH PRIEST By Fr BRIAN BAINBRIDGE
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Helping a parish change from a "top-down" entity to a "self-organizing" system - and the way this has happened.
MODERN RELIGIONS: AN EXPERIENTIAL ANALYSIS AND EXPOSÉ By Elliot Benjamin, Ph.D.
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This book is an experiential analysis of over twenty modern religious/spiritual groups. The book is divided into two generic segments, inclusive of a tri-perspective experiential analysis using a... More > variety of cult danger rating scales, and a more personal experiential description of the author's involvement in these groups, written in stream of consciousness essay form. The groups explored include controversial religious organizations such as Scientology and The Unification Church, as well as lesser known religious groups such as Conversations with God and Avatar, and also new age retreat centers such as Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. The author describes both the dangers and benefits of various groups, and based upon his own experiences is able to rate these groups on a cult danger vs. spiritual benefits scale on a gradient from "high cult danger" to "favorable spiritual group."< Less
Sing Like a Catholic By Jeffrey Tucker
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Sing Like a Catholic, by Jeffrey Tucker, chronicles how we are moving from a world in which "Catholics can’t sing" to one in which singing like a Catholic is a glorious thing, the... More > fulfillment of a brilliant heritage that began in the Apostolic age with chant, continued through the middle ages and the Renaissance with soaring heights of the polyphonic era, and all the way through the later centuries with orchestral and organ Masses.In order to continue this trend, we need a paradigm shift: the Roman Gradual for the choir, the Kyriale for the people, and the Missal for the celebrant. The music most appropriate to liturgy, the author argues, is either that music or an elaboration on that music.Liturgical music is a special sort that lifts our hearts and minds ever upwards to the Heavens. The push is not so much for “restoration” but rather for an ideal, which is what Catholic musicians lack and desperately need.All proceeds go to scholarships to the Sacred Music Colloquium.< Less

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