In advance of the Massachusetts Council of Churches Annual Meeting on Saturday April 28 at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church we’re highlighting the amazing folks who will lead us. You can register “Christian Unity in the Digital Age” here:
Today, we’re featuring our panel moderator, Jack Jenkins. Jack will interview our amazing panel with the Rev. Keith Anderson, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Woburn, Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.,Creative Director of the Pilot New Media Group for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, otherwise known as PeaceBang.
As with many things online, I ‘met’ Jack through his writing before I met him in person. Jack has worked as a reporter and blogger for the excellent Religion News Service. Each morning, I read RNS’s religion news round-up, as part of my practice of curating new Facebook posts for the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Unbeknownst to me, Jack was on the other end of many of those emails. When we put together this amazing panel for the MCC’s annual meeting, I reached out to colleagues to find someone capable of asking deep, informed theological questions to our panelists. My dear colleague the Rev. Steph Spellers, Episcopal Priest and Lead Organizer for The Crossing, recommended Jack. Steph also edited our panelist Rev. Keith Anderson’s new book with Dr. Elizabeth Drescher, Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible, so she knows of what she speaks. I was thrilled to finally meet with Jack in person and impressed with his knowledge of this new area for the Church. He is doing some great thinking and organizing around a church online. Read more of Jack’s blog to find out more. I am grateful that Jack has agreed to frame our conversation. Join us on Saturday 4/28 to hear Jack moderate our excellent panel and share his experience with all of us. Register here:
Jack Jenkins is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, where he focuses on the intersection of religion, politics, and media. Before attending graduate school, Jack worked in politics for two years as a Field Organizer and Regional Field Director for Barack Obama’s campaign for President. Jack’s passion for religion and media has led to his participation various projects, including directing “The Church is ALIVE,” an online experiment/community that, among other things, utilized collaborative
blogging and social/new media methods to successfully fundraise with the “charity:water” group to build a freshwater well in Africa. He also sits on the leadership team of “A Church Online” (working title), an online church experiment recently launched by the former Moderator of the PC(USA).
Jack is currently pursuing ordination with the PC(USA), where he serves as a member of that denomination’s national-level General Assembly Nominating Committee. He is also a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service, and plays harmonica and ukulele when he’s feeling inspired.