Gettysburg Seminary Announces Religion and Media Blog Tour Starting Today

Building at Lutheran Theological Seminary in G...

Building at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, just south of the "Old Dorm" which is pretty much replaced. Colors in reality were quite shocking and I've toned this down a bit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg announces a Spring 2012 Blog Tour on the topic of religion and media, beginning April 30th and continuing into May.

Can you envision a congregation where every worshipper would be encouraged to provide regular Facebook status updates and “tweets” during the service?

Where do you see theology most deeply expressed in popular culture today?

What do you make of the YouTube video: “Why I hate church but love Jesus”?

These are just some of the questions for the first-ever Blog Tour on Religion & Media by faculty of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and its partner, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. The tour begins today on the ON Living Faith blog at, with guest blogger Mary E. Hess, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Hess will be teaching at Gettysburg in August.

The blog tour stems from a new concentration in Religion and Media at Gettysburg Seminary that brings contemporary theological scholarship to issues such as  the role of media in raising, prioritizing and interpreting theological questions, the power of media versus the power of the individual in public discourse, how media affects the interactions of Christian communities and other communities of faith, and how God may be working in the world in the twenty-first century.

The mission of Gettysburg Seminary is “bearing witness at the crossroads of history and hope, proclaiming Jesus Christ to a restless world,” said Seminary President Michael L. Cooper-White. “Much of that ‘restless world’ is online.  We are committing our resources to help people of all faiths to reflect critically on the public expressions of their faith traditions.”
The seminary’s two-week Blog Tour on Religion & Media will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with bloggers and their readers on issues related to religion and media.

This week’s stops on the tour, featuring Dr. Mary Hess, include:

Monday, April 30: ON Living Faith, hosted by Pastor Mary M. Brown
Tuesday, May 1:  Day1 Blog, hosted by the Rev. Peter Wallace
Wednesday, May 2: A Cyberpilgrim’s Blog, hosted by Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
Thursday, May 3: Uncle Sam’s Attic, hosted by Laura Gifford
Friday, May 4:  The Snake Charmer’s Wife, hosted by Terri Mork Speirs

Mary Hess is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Since 2003 she has written the blog Tensegrities ( A Roman Catholic Layperson with eclectic interests, Hess received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University; her M.T.S. is from Harvard University; and her Ph.D. is from Boston College. She served as a core member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion and Culture. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Media and Religion, Religious Education and Religion and Education in the Public Sphere. Visit to learn more about her publications and teaching.
The second week of the Tour, May 7-11, will feature Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, PA. His website CrossMarks ( offers bible study materials and resources. He is a mentor for Fisher’s Net online courses ( and he blogs at Scroll and Screen (, a biblical studies and technological tools blog. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His 14 years of parish experience in Minnesota and North Dakota were often focused on Christian education. Hoffman holds a B.A. from University of Illinois and a M.Div. from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. His M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. are from Yale University.

To learn more about the Spring 2012 Blog Tour on Religion & Media, visit the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg website: .


About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, etc.

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