Web sites & online publications
What people are browsing these days.
What are you reading or browsing these days? What gets you thinking, stirs your soul, enriches your ministry, or stretches your imagination and faith? Here are some of the websites those working with youth found influential, challenging and inspiring. Check them out!
The opinions and recommendations of the following people do not necessarily represent the viewpoints or theological perspectives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Youth Ministry, ELCA Youth Gathering, or the organizations the contributors currently work for. All submissions are edited. There, we had to say that.
- ColorLines Magazine (http://www.colorlines.com/). Interesting articles and news items about racism, justice, poverty, and politics in the United States. The online version has a lot of content available even if you choose not to pay for the subscription. Then again, why be cheap when it comes to a good resource?
- Faith Lens online Bible study for youth (http://blogs.elca.org/faithlens/ ). A free weekly Bible study discussion guide from ELCA Youth Ministry. It connects world events and news with the lectionary readings for the week. Different writers every week! Subscribe to Faith Lens so that it's emailed to you when it's posted.
- WIRED magazine. A mix of pop culture, technology, sociology, reality, futurism, and science. Interesting reading on what's happening right now with culture and technology... and what's in the works.
- Beloit College Mindset List (http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/).Beloit College assembles these observations every year to help identify the experiences that have shaped the lives -- and formed the mindset -- of students starting their post-secondary education each fall. Of course, students come from many backgrounds and different traditions and these generalizations may not apply to all. The list identifies the experiences and event horizons of students and is not meant to reflect on their preparatory education. It is also not deliberately designed to make readers feel really old!
- Religion News Service (http://www.religionnews.com/). "The only secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics -- exclusively."
- California Newsreel: Film and Video for Social Change http://www.newsreel.org/main.asp. "California Newsreel produces and distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, Newsreel is the oldest non-profit, social issue documentary film center in the country, the first to marry media production and contemporary social movements." You can find films appropriate for high school youth on the California Newsreel site at http://www.newsreel.org/nav/topics.asp?cat=22 (Dianha Ortega-Ehreth, Chicago, IL)
- Failure Magazine. http://www.failuremag.com. An “online publication full of humankind's boldest missteps” and the interesting things that happen in society as a result. Not a religious magazine, per se, but it’s an interesting look at the world for those of us who depend on the grace of God.
- Relevantmagazine.com (http://www.relevantmagazine.com/) From the mouths of those who bring you Relevantmagazine: "We're twentysomething Christians. We want to break stereotypes, challenge status-quo and enact change through the media. We're seeking God, living life and striving to impact the world around us. It's pretty simple, really. Oh yeah, and we're a self-contained, for-profit business not affiliated with any other companies, denominations or organizations." "Relevant Media Group is a multimedia company whose purpose is to impact culture and show that a relationship with God is relevant and essential to a fulfilled life." Cool stuff; thought provoking and wired into pop culture. (Rev. Jay Gamelin, Ohio State University)
- BBC's Religion & Ethics Web site (www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/) My favorite cheat-sheet when someone asks me what Zoroastrianism or Mormons believe. Thank you British Broadcasting Company (BBC)! (Rod G. Boriack, Chicago, IL)
- AdAge Digital (http://adage.com/digital/). Advertising Agemay be geared for marketing and business gurus but it is full of interesting news and trends that often relate to pop culture, social trends, and youth. The daily articles are great.
- Speaking of Faith (http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/). A radio program of American Public Media... something we tend to blur with PBS, NPR, etc. Very interesting radio programs on religion, spirituality, ethics, different faith communities, history, and culture. Well produced and gets at some current issues and questions. (Betty A., Salinas, CA)