How to Study Congregations

Introduction to Digital Ethnography Lecture

 by Rev. Dr Erin Raffety

*Resources for congregations mentioned in the above video lecture (see below)

Sarah Pink: Digital Ethnography 

Sarah Pink is a Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University, Australia, and the author or co-editor of several books about digital ethnography.

Understanding Congregations Through Digital Ethnography Article

By Rev. Dr. Erin Raffety
Empirical Research Consultant
Imagining Church Project: Thriving Congregations Initiative through Lilly Endowment, Inc.


How to Study Congregations

Nancy T. Ammerman (Editor), Jackson Carroll (Editor), Carl Dudley (Editor), William McKinney (Editor), Studying Congregations: A New Handbook, Abingdon Press; (September 1998)

Mary Clark Moschella, Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction, The Pilgrim Press, 2008.

Robert J. Schreiter, Constructing Local Theologies, Orbis Books; (February 1985).

John Swinton, Harriet Mowat, Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, SCM Press; 2nd Edition, (January 2006)

How to Digitally Study Congregations 

Heidi A. Campbell, Stephen Garner, Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture, Baker Academic, (September 2016).

Sarah Pink, Heather Horst, et al., Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice, Sage Publications Ltd; 1st edition, (November 2015).

Liz Przybylski, Hybrid Ethnography: Online, Offline and In Between, Sage Publications, Inc., 1st edition, (June 2020).

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