New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Safe Sanctuaries: Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World

Michelle L. Foster, Joy Thornburg Melton • July 2014

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Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World, the latest addition to the Safe Sanctuaries series, addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age.

Technology now pervades our lives on almost every level; it is nearly inescapable and, as Melton and Foster point out, easily accessible and increasingly user-friendly and intuitive, streamlining the way we work and interact with one another and the world around us.

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World is both timely and practical, covering topics such as

  • copyright in the digital age
  • the application of law to the life of the church
  • the basics of ministry in a virtual world
  • pornography
  • obscenity

Categories: Children, Clergy & Laity, Youth
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Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton, J.D., is the chief resource officer of The United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust. She is the author of the “Safe Sanctuaries” series of books and resources published by Discipleship Resources. Rev. Melton is a recognized national leader in the area of development of ministry protection and abuse prevention policies. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, Scarritt College, and Emory University School of Law, she is uniquely qualified to understand both the legal and ecclesial issues involved with cases of abuse within the church.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-630-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-647-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-648-5

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: July 2014

Trim Size: 8.5 in (w) x 11 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Leadership & Mentoring

BISAC1: REL108030

BISAC2: REL074000


“This book lays a pathway for us to consider as we determine how to put technology to use in building God’s kingdom, how to exercise du diligence in our congregations, and how to respond with the passion and compassion of Christ when something goes terribly wrong. It contains practical, easy-to-follow guidelines and resources for the church and its ministers, staff, volunteers advisers and congregation.”
—Dan Roberts and Nancy Lynn Roberts, Trak-1 Technology

“Technology has changed and will continue to change our lives. Along with advances in technology comes both reframing of old as well as emerging new ethical issues for people o faith. In this helpful book, Melton and Foster invite us to reflect on these matters theologically and ecclesiologically. With practical application and insightful conversation-starting questions, this book is a valuable tool for both clergy and lay leaders of the church at every level.” —Bishop Larry Goodpaster