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Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World

por Joy Thornburg Melton, Michelle L. Foster
Libro electrónico
Niños Clero y laicos Jóvenes

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World, the latest addition to the Safe Sanctuaries series, addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age.

Technology now pervades our lives on almost every level; it is nearly inescapable and, as Melton and Foster point out, easily accessible and increasingly user-friendly and intuitive, streamlining the way we work and interact with one another and the world around us.

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World is both timely and practical, covering topics such as

  • copyright in the digital age
  • the application of law to the life of the church
  • the basics of ministry in a virtual world
  • pornography
  • obscenity

Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton, J.D., is the chief resource officer of The United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust. She is the author of the ""Safe Sanctuaries"" series of books and resources published by Discipleship Resources. Rev. Melton is a recognized national leader in the area of development of ministry protection and abuse prevention policies. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, Scarritt College, and Emory University School of Law, she is uniquely qualified to understand both the legal and ecclesial issues involved with cases of abuse within the church.


“This book lays a pathway for us to consider as we determine how to put technology to use in building God’s kingdom, how to exercise du diligence in our congregations, and how to respond with the passion and compassion of Christ when something goes terribly wrong. It contains practical, easy-to-follow guidelines and resources for the church and its ministers, staff, volunteers advisers and congregation.”
—Dan Roberts and Nancy Lynn Roberts, Trak-1 Technology

“Technology has changed and will continue to change our lives. Along with advances in technology comes both reframing of old as well as emerging new ethical issues for people o faith. In this helpful book, Melton and Foster invite us to reflect on these matters theologically and ecclesiologically. With practical application and insightful conversation-starting questions, this book is a valuable tool for both clergy and lay leaders of the church at every level.” —Bishop Larry Goodpaster

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