Doing Religion Online in a Time of Pandemic 

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Presenter and Affiliation: Heidi Campbell, Professor of Communication & Presidential Impact Fellow Texas A&M University Date and Time: May 20, 4-5 pm EST. Description: This webinar will explore the challenges and opportunities experienced by churches during the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion will be focused around themes and questions raised in a new eBook entitled, “The Distanced Church: Reflections on …

Madame Guyon: Attentive Silence as a Counterpractice for a Digital Age

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Presenter and Affiliation: Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Media Ecology, Palm Beach Atlantic University When? Wednesday, April 29, 7-8 pm EST What? Christian mystic Jeanne Guyon’s devotional posture centered on what some call the inward way, or the “prayer of silence,” a means of communicating with God in humility, inward simplicity, and contemplation. Her situation was couched in …

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Samaritan Ethics and the Art of Compassion

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Presenter and Affiliation: Raymond Blanton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts in the School of Media and Design, University of the Incarnate Word When?: Wednesday, March 25, 11 am – 12 pm EST What?: The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the preeminent stories in the book of Luke—if not the entire New Testament. As a story, it …

ICYMI, 23 Interviews on Faith and Communication

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In case you missed it, our year long Essential Questions in Faith and Communication Interview Series, hosted by Mark Fackler, asks 23 leading thinkers and theologians about the relationship between Christianity and Communication Studies. Our last interviewee was Quentin Schultze, Professor Emeritus, Calvin University. The full collection of 23 interviews — and links to those recorded interviews — is included …

Engaged Pedagogy and Christian Social Thought

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Presenter and Affiliation: Jonathan M. Bowman, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, University of San Diego When?: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, 5:30 pm EST What?: Active learning can be one way in which students encounter Jesus’ social justice teachings. In sharing one specific example of an engaged pedagogical assignment, this webinar will encourage faculty to think through how Biblical teachings and ‘Important …

Digital Proverbs in Response to Silicon Valley’s Moral Catechism

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Presenter and Affiliation: Kevin Healey, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Communication, University of New Hampshire When? Thursday, Dec. 12, 10-11 am EST. What? Most popular digital platforms promote a set of ideological biases (or “digital worldview”) that we call the “moral catechism of Silicon Valley.” Make no mistake about it, this catechism is as much like any other set of religious rites …

Communicating Love in Relationships: Theory, Research, & Pedagogy

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Who? Renee Bourdeaux, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Communication Northwest University When? Wednesday, Nov. 20, 8-9 pm EST. Description: Because love is a complex phenomenon based on personal understanding, each person might communicate love a bit differently. This webinar overviews a new textbook pulling together research on interpersonal, family, positive, and dark-side communication to explore love in relationships. Participants will learn how …

Faith Integration in a Public Relations Capstone Service-Learning Project

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Presenter: Denise Edwards-Neff, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor, Department of Communication Studies When? Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3-4 pm EST Description: this webinar explores a service learning project in PUBR 400, a capstone course for Public Relations Management. Students carry a public relations/strategic communication plan for Los Angeles-area nonprofit organizations through the entire four-step process of …

C. S. Lewis, Mythopoiesis, and the Rhetoric of Glory

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Presenter: Brandon Knight, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication William Carey University When? Friday, Sept. 20, 4-5 pm EST Description: C.S. Lewis’s performance was unique as he spoke one of the greatest sermons of the twentieth century entitled The Weight of Glory. Although the world was experiencing one of its greatest travesties during the Second World War, it was at this …

Improving Integration Through Immediacy and Relevance

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Presenter and Affiliation: Bill Mullen, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Shorter University When? Wednesday, April 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, EST Cost: Free and open to the public Description: Integrating faith and learning in the classroom is important.  Doing it effectively is difficult.  Relevance in the classroom (Keller, 1983), and its positive correlation with learning (Newby, 1991), are well documented.  The …