November 6-7: Media, Meaning and Ministry in the Digital Reformation: The Paddock Lectures by Dr. Elizabeth Drescher


Dr. Elizabeth Drescher will deliver this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dr. Drescher is a truly dynamic speaker, scholar and researcher on issues critical to ministry: the spiritual lives of the religiously unaffiliated, spiritual and pastoral implications of the increasing integration of digital social media in everyday life, and how communities of faith can minister in a world of dramatically expanded religious, spiritual, and epistemological boundaries. The lecture series, “Media, Meaning, and Ministry in the Digital Reformation,” will examine the roots of digital reformation, introduce Dr. Drescher’s research on the spiritual lives of religious "nones," and explore the digitally integrated, postmodern, and expanding universe of belief, spirituality, and institutional religion across geographies and generations.

Dr. Drescher is a faculty member in religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University and a scholar-in-residence in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. She is the author of Tweet If You (heart) Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation and, with Keith Anderson, Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible, and a frequent contributor to the online magazine Religion Dispatches. Her work has been highlighted by the Atlantic Monthly, the Daily Beast, the Utne Reader, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Australian Radio National, the BBC, CNN, State of Belief Radio, and other national and international news outlets. Dr. Drescher has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for the study of spirituality in everyday life and teaching in religion and spirituality including, most recently, a journalism fellowship from the Templeton Foundation for the Social Science Research Council’s “New Directions in the Study of Prayer” initiative. Her research on the prayer practices of religious nones will find its way into her latest book project, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.

The Paddock Lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor, George A. Jarvis, and named in honor of the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, GTS Class of 1852. The lectureship has featured many of the world’s leading theologians and Anglican scholars, and has become a prestigious and highly anticipated feature of the GTS annual Alumni/ae Gathering.

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