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The Liturgies of Facebook: How Social Media Use Impacts Student Spirituality

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Presenter: Andrew Lehr

Professional Title: Resident Director

Institution: John Brown University

Background Experience: Andrew Lehr has his master’s degree in higher education.

 


Eric_Gingerich-150x150.jpgPresenter: Eric Gingerich

Professional Title: Resident Director

Institution: John Brown University

Background Experience: Eric Gingerich has his master’s degree in higher education.

 


Abstract

The consistent practice of social media has become an influencing factor in college students’ spiritual and faith development.  This session will explore the positive and negative developmental impacts of social media and connect them to student spirituality and faith development. Participants will identify personal social media practices, engage in creative ways to utilize social media to impact student spirituality, and discuss assessment methods of spiritual development alongside social media involvement.

Important Question Explored: “In what ways can educators utilize social media to impact students’ spiritual growth positively?”

Extension of Session Experience: Our session will provide participants with a different perspective as the presenters examine social media through the lens of a private, faith-based institution. The impact of social media on students will be examined through a Christian worldview. We hope that this perspective will broaden the conversation, including many other faith-perspectives, on how social media use influences students’ spiritual lives, and how we as educators can take part in that process alongside one another and our students.