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Godinterest.org is a response to the challenge and opportunity offered by the Internet for learning both in and beyond the classroom.
Godinterest Theology Challenges – Resource for Teachers
Mindful of the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies in general, the Godinterest.org, is undertaking the development of Theology Challenges in the first instance to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education.
Godinterest Theology Challenges will provide content and professional development. The first stage will be to offer sequenced online materials to assist and engage teachers of Ethics in exploring in a systematic way various contemporary ethical issues. In doing this Godinterest Theology Challenges will use a large range of Internet resources to guide teachers through the exploration of the specific issues. This will be the most developed part of Theology Challenges at the present moment.
We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. Hopefully they will also be useful in other ways in the future including the online delivery of assessable units for accreditation and online provision of materials tailored to meet the needs of specific school groups.
Establishing Learning Communities
In addition to the provision of content, it is intended that Godinterest Theology Challenges will encourage the development of online professional learning groups. Teachers will be able to use both the Godinterest Theology Challenges materials and online collaboration blog creation tools to explore and discuss the issues and questions that are raised. In this way, they will also be introduced to the possibilities for curriculum and classroom application of the facilities they are using in their own professional learning and collaboration.
Into the Future – Speaking to Students
Teachers are most interested in educational resources when they see them as supportive of their own classroom practice. At the same time, the ultimate goals of any educational initiative are the improvement of student learning and the engagement of students in the learning process to improve educational outcomes. It is hoped that as Godinterest Theology Challenges develops it will contribute to this vision not only by supporting teachers to present the RE to their students but also by providing engaging online materials for their use. It is hoped that through this process, Godinterest Theology Challenges will assist young people to use the new technologies both ‘purposefully and critically and… to adapt and learn throughout their lives’ and ‘for their integral development and the benefit of others’.
LONDON, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Great Britain is not the place to find a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love Jesus.” Britons tend to be tolerant and respectful of Muslim and Hindu religious observances, but not their own. Godinterest Blogs, as the name implies, is designed with religion in mind. The site was developed by Dean Jones, a 36-year-old project manager and Saint Martins, university of the arts post graduate who said, “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set ofconversations about religion in public life that represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion and critique of a kind never seen before.”
The growing influence of blogs is indisputable. Most would agree that the mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public dialogue in society as a whole and now around religious questions in particular.
Jones said, “I get excited about the idea of blogs transforming religion and hope to encourage tolerance, remove ignorance, raise issues and create an arena in which views and practices are explored. Our ethos is to ‘Love people, Inspire minds, Teach hearts and Embrace life!'”
Godinterest.org offers a variety of themes, plug-ins for podcasts; video tutorials and easy blogging to help users get started.
Jones said, “Godinterest Bloggers can use their blogs as a learning journal to gather relevant information and ideas, and communicate with other people. Religious educators can use blogs to keep in contact with students’ parents and use blogs to record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. They can use our blogs as an instructional and assessment tool, and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs can also be used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public.”
Godinterest could offer the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.
Jones said, “Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. A Godinterest blog supports religious education by encouraging reflection, questioning as well as collaboration and providing a context for engaging in higher-order thinking!”
With comparable features, WordPress for Religion by Godinterest could be just what we need, after all research has shown that religious beliefs and practices seem to make people happier, and in some situations healthier and better-off, too. But to argue that such benefits more than offset the gains from extra Religious Ed would require a leap of faith.
The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social networking service in which everyday authors can publish their opinions. Since the term has been coined, it has been referenced in a number of media and is also used to refer to the Internet.
The pecking order of the religion blogosphere takes different forms depending on how one frames the question. Religion Blogs are not easily put into boxes. Unlike traditional publishers, Godinterest bloggers aren’t anxious to categorize their content according to best practices. Instead, and most importantly they strive to cultivate a unique voice, a loyal community, and an eclectic collection of source material.
Like most blogs, faith-based blogs tend to be highly opinionated and often include funny personal anecdotes. But their content is also unique and many spiritual blogs are written by people seriously engaging with and struggling with their faith.
“Words That Inspire, Surprise, And Move Us”
Others are more culturally oriented, covering the ways faith intersects with the arts and politics. Not every spiritual blog is worth reading, of course. Many blogs aren’t updated frequently.
The spiritual wisdom and religious insights of the bloggers at Godinterest.org provides the life’s blood of the new beta splinter site.
It should be evident by now that the religion blogosphere is no unified thing, However, with its ease of access, the Godinterest Blogosphere certainly offers the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.
With comments and up-to-the-minute updates, the interactivity of Godinterest blogs makes them ideal for fostering communities, especially ones that have yet to find a place among more traditional religious institutions. As religion desks at national and regional media organizations have disappeared amidst sweeping budget cuts, many journalists specializing in religion look to the Internet and the religion blogosphere in particular for their rescue. With greater flexibility, Godinterest blogs offer the opportunity for a renaissance in serious religion coverage, just as they are becoming key sources for business, entertainment, and technology news.
Is there really a religion blogosphere?
The very idea of a religion blogosphere—a network of blogs devoted to discussing the place of religion in public life—is in essence what Godinterest.org is. The community at Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. Godinterest.org allows for far more cross-fertilization among far-flung communities than currently exists, and a wider variety of religion blogs will no doubt benefit from being in closer proximity to one another which will inadvertently facilitate interaction.
Even is its beta stage Godinterest.org now provides numerous blogs an automatic audience, including readers who might not otherwise find them but who have a general interest in religion to foster a stronger sense of community.
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Godinterest.org has given occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life. Godinterest.org represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities.
The purpose at hand is to foster a more self-reflective, collaborative, and mutually-aware religion blogosphere.
Why bother with blogs?
The growing influence of blogs has been indisputable. The mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old-guard newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters and columnists on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public discourse in society as a whole and around religious questions in particular. A Godinterest Blog is a powerful and flexible medium, one uniquely suited to providing the space for vibrant, diverse, and productive discussions about religion.
“Academics, especially in the arts and humanities, have taken to blogs like ducks to water.”
– Craig Saper, Blogademia
Creating a community, making an impact
Savvy Godinterest bloggers have available to them the means to develop a quite sophisticated picture of their readership. Plugins like Google Analytics allow one to know with high precision (and reasonable accuracy) who is visiting one’s website and what they are doing there.
Most religion bloggers feel they have a sense of who their readers are. Usually, it tends to be a group that shares the same interests and views.
So what is missing, perhaps the following?
“High quality academic writing from known experts in the field is still missing.” (Robert P. Jones)
- “It is a shame that Christianity Today’s daily round-up of news links [by Ted Olsen] has stopped running.” (Richard Bartholomew)
Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body, from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplantation.
General misconceptions connected to Christianity and organ donation have made many people think that the act is prohibited by their religion when in reality, there little or no rules that actually prevent people from receiving blood transfusions or organ transplants.
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Some religious denominations are against organ donation, but major religions by and large allow the act and even encourage it. Some profess that the teachings of Christianity and organ donation go hand in hand. However, within each religion there are different schools of thought, which means that views differ.
…Heart and Lung Transplant success after 2.5 years…
It’s safe to say that most Anglican, Protestant and Catholic scholars agree that the organ donation is a beautiful selfless act.
Protestant denominations have given their seal of approval to organ donations. The Lutheran Church refereed to the act as manifestation of sacrificial love for people who are in need. The Presbyterian Church has encouraged its members to have Universal Donor Cards. The Seventh Day Adventist Church has a pediatric heart transplantation floor in its California hospital. Even the Amish, who have been seen to generally avoid modern technology, allow organ donation in order to help others.
The Church of England has declared that it is the duty of a Christian to donate one’s organs. But the church stated that there are different views on whether an opt-in system was proper.
We believe that Christianity and organ donation are entwined with each other as Christians we are taught to love our neighbours.
The Catholic Church has voiced out its support to donation. The late Pope John Paul II praised the work of transplant surgeons during an international conference in 2000, but he asked them to avoid transplants with stem cells. Former Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is an organ donor.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Quakers do not object to the practice and leave it up to their members if they want to put up their organs for donation or have transplants.
Love one another is the most basic teaching of Christianity and we believe organ donation is one example of how you can apply it to your life. Remember there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13) Being an organ donor is the Christian way of showing you care for your neighbors.
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Most would agree that nothing’ could possibly be worse than when a chance to donate an organ is missed because of a false belief that donation is prohibited.
…Jesus Christ the original blood donor. Ever thought of Jesus as a blood donor? For Ephesians 1.7 states “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…
Is organ donation prohibited by your religion? Do you agree with organ donation?
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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as we’ve enjoyed reporting and writing it, but it’s time for the next stage in Godinterest’s evolution.
The web can be an overwhelming place, especially when it comes to blogs. Blogs (short for weblogs) can be anything from personal diaries to daily screeds about current events. Most blogs are written by regular folks with strong opinions and a considerable amount of free time. While the most famous blogs like Gawker tend to be in the political, technical, or media arenas, spiritual bloggers are increasingly carving out their own section of the blogosphere.
Today we’re delighted to announce the beta launch of our very own blogging portal that can be accessed from Godinterest.org
- Create and manage blogs
- Packed with useful features and customizable themes
- Ready made for podcasting, video embeds, photos and more
- Step by step support with our helpful video tutorials
- Effortlessly AutoBlog from your existing WordPress blog
- Free Domain mapping
- Fully social integrated
- 500MB of storage to get you started
Godinterest Blogs represent a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities. While the promise is vast, the actuality is only what those taking part happen to make of it.
With that in mind our intent is to give our users a voice in the early development priorities process. You ask we deploy. Our planned features so far are listed below.
- Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android
- Custom Godinterest Themes
- Custom Godinterest Plugins
Visit the Godinterest User Community to post feature requests, questions or submit bugs.
This is a great way for all of us to share our insights, exchange ideas and define priorities.
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