Texas A&M Today: When Churches Closed, Religious Leaders Turned To Tech

Texas A&M Today: When Churches Closed, Religious Leaders Turned To Tech. “One Methodist pastor had to lend her own digital camera to the church, which had no digital resources. Another duct taped a borrowed smartphone to a ladder in order to stream a service. An Episcopal priest from Indianapolis described feelings of exhaustion and fatigue, saying that her online services fell flat and ‘wasn’t the job I signed up for.’ They are among the pastors, volunteers and staff members who provided insight into their experiences with technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heidi A Campbell, a professor at Texas A&M University who studies media and religion, prepared a report issued last month on their decision-making processes and the sources of tension or challenges they faced.”

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