Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Church and social media

The Archdiocese of Boston now has its own photostream at Flickr. The first installment of photos comes from the Haiti earthquake meeting of citizens and civil and religious leaders held on January 13 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.



For folks on FaceBook, the Archdiocese has established a fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BostonCatholic.




10 comments:

Meredith Gould said...

Great to see how the Archdiocese of Boston is using social media wisely and well.

I hopped onto Twitter well over a year ago to observe, specifically, how faith-based communities and religious organizations were using it, among other social media, as a tool for catechesis and evangelization. Until recently, non-denominational evangelical Protestants have been in the forefront.

Within the past seven months, mainstream churches have figured out the value of real-time, synchronous communications to accompany asynchronous tactics.

Sorry to report that the Roman Catholic church is lagging behind in these efforts. The more diocese that can/will model the value of using 21st century technology, the better.

As someone in the ministry of church communications, I look forward to the day when I do not have anyone in youth ministry proudly telling me how she "makes" the kids turn off their texting devices during youth group!

ConcordPastor said...

As someone in the ministry of church communications, I look forward to the day when I do not have anyone in youth ministry proudly telling me how she "makes" the kids turn off their texting devices during youth group!

Interesting comment, Meredith. Are you advocating youth texting during their group activities?

Domenico Bettinelli said...

Father,

Even easier: people can go to http://www.facebook.com/BostonCatholic

ConcordPastor said...

Good point, Dom. I was trying not to mislead folks who aren't on FB. Am I correct in thinking you'd need to belong to FB to follow the link you offered?

Domenico Bettinelli said...

I'm pretty sure you'd be asked to either sign in if you're a member or sign up if you're not. But, you're right, non-members would not be able to see the page.

ConcordPastor said...

I think your suggestion is the way to go! I tweaked the wording of my post and included your suggested link - thanks!

Bernie said...

So happy to see our church join all the technology that God has provided to help his church grow.
Thank you......

Anonymous said...

I checked out the Facebook site.....I know they cannot edit everything but I saw a lot of Scott Brown signs there. Not a good thing to see political sign on a church Facebook page. Just my opinion!

Cam

Domenico Bettinelli said...

Anonymous: The Scott Brown signs are the pictures that Facebook users have chosen for their account avatars. It's no different than someone wearing a Scott Brown or Martha Coakley pin on their lapel when they enter church. It would be a stretch to consider than an endorsement by the Church.

Anonymous said...

Domenico, I understand and agree and I meant to say that in my post. It just seemed a good percentage of them use the signs as their "photo"------an unusually high percentage at that!

Cam