The first book from the Wikiklesia Project has been released today as a pdf download, Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution. All proceeds from the project go to the Not for Sale Campaign. From the press release:
Voices of the Virtual World explores the growing influence of technology on the global Christian church. In this premier volume, we hear from more than forty voices, including technologists and theologians, entrepreneurs and pastors… from a progressive Episcopalian techno-monk to a leading Mennonite professor… from a tech-savvy mobile missionary to a corporate anthropologist whom Worth Magazine calls “one of Wall Street’s 25 Smartest Players.” Voices is a far reaching exploration of spiritual journey contextualized within a culture of increasingly immersive technology.
A paperback version of the book will be available in August.
I’ve just purchased and downloaded my own copy and it looks very, very good. I’m about to read Andrew Jones chapter, The Ugly Blogger (which comes right before mine, The Generous Web).
From TSK’s chapter;
My blog reminds me of my humanity. It is a reflection of who I am and where I am. I have looked in that mirror and have discovered traits I normally despise in others. I have seen the dark side of my soul and the sum of my faults. I have seen the ugly blogger and despite radical intervention, I am not rid of him yet. (Page 205, Voices of the Virtual World.)
From my chapter;
Most days begin for me in my home office. A steaming cup of java in one hand, a mouse in the other. Google Reader illuminating the pixels on my screen. I use it to track over 300 RSS feeds of different blogs and news organizations. Close to a hundred of these continuously updated rivers of conversations are from Christians. Many of the authors in this book are regular reads. Some have become good friends – though we have yet to meet in three-dimensional space.
These writers generously share their knowledge, wisdom, understanding, polemics, personality, creative ideas and more. They teach, provoke and engage in generative conversations. Some of them raise my blood pressure. Others move me to tears. All of them help me understand the world in which I find myself. (Page 214, Voices of the Virtual World.)
From my pal, Brother Maynard‘s Chapter, Hyperlinks Subvert Hierarchy;
People are not only becoming accustomed to empowering decentralization, they are starting to expect it. If they want to say something, they start a blog and say it. If they want it printed, they publish it. Nobody needs permission, they just do it. Two guys start a project called “Wikiklesia,”in six weeks an e-book appears with some 50 contributors. No permission required. Put the objective first, and the organization last…if it factors at all. In this case, money earned literally goes toward freedom for others.
There is a lot of well written, well thought out material from the 40+ writers in this book. I recommend it highly.