An Annotated Guide to Church-Related Internet Resources
I’m using my turn at the Council Corner to highlight a few church-related resources you may not have explored on the internet. It can be insightful to keep up on ELCA and broader church news. This is only a start, so please leave your contributions in the comments!
ELCA.org and Rocky Mountain Synod - https://www.elca.org and https://www.rmselca.org/
Hopefully you’ve landed on these pages before. I won’t go into detail, but they’re good places to find out what’s going on in our home denomination. Council member Barbara Daniels wrote a blog post a few months ago on advocacy in the ELCA. Social media links can be found on both of these sites, if that’s how you prefer to check for updates.
Christianity Today - https://www.christianitytoday.com/
A magazine from the evangelical perspective. Sometimes articles are inaccessible due to a paywall. If you are affiliated with USU, the Library has an electronic subscription.
Relevant Magazine - https://relevantmagazine.com/
“A bimonthly Christian lifestyle magazine exploring the intersection of faith and pop culture.” Relevant got its start in the early 2000s and was strongly associated with the “emergent church” at the time. It is written by and for twenty- and thirty-somethings and its angle seems to have become more theologically and socially “woke” over time.
Faithfully Magazine - https://faithfullymagazine.com/
“Faithfully Magazine is a fresh, bold, and exciting news and culture publication centering on Christian communities of color.”
Sojourners - https://sojo.net/
This magazine covers social and environmental justice from a Christian perspective. It’s been around since the 70s. Sojourners trends Protestant (and is often associated with the evangelical left) but is committed to interfaith dialogue.
Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study - http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/
A good place for data nerds to explore religious demographics in the US. They even have some stats on the ELCA: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/religious-denomination/evangelical-lutheran-church-in-america-elca/.
Podcasts - use your favorite app, or search for them online
The Liturgists - This one was started by two guys who left the Christian faith for a time, and came back (sort of) with much different perspectives. Focuses on science, art, and faith.
Queerology - On belief and being
Three Sides - A monthly ELCA podcast featuring diverse voices
To Hell with the Hotdish - By three ELCA pastors who are “trying to help move the perception of church beyond its cliched casserole culture.
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