- Rachael Bregman
- Atlanta, GA
- United States
The Temple , Open Jewish Project
What would Open Source Religion look like? How would it work?
As religion becomes de-institutionalized, assuming religion has a place in the marketplace of ideas, how do we update? Given our new social reality, how do we want to/how will we access the wisdom of our ancient traditions? What impact will a new platform for religious living have on the extant institutions and on the religions as a whole?
Background: I am a rabbi in Atlanta GA and am crafting Open Jewish Project in this community (openjewishproject.com). Some of my fellow thinkers at CLAL (CLAL,org) are trying to crack this nut. We know Judaism is changing (all religions are) and the soul reliance big building epi-centers is a way of the past (mega churches get a longer explanation but not for this post), But we are not certain of what is next.
The fear: If religion goes online, what happens to our religious COMMUNITY. I tell my people all the time that Judaism cannot live in a vacuum. To BE Jewish, I propose-as do many others, one must be in community. Will virtual tools of religon take that away and is that a loss which Judaism can take and still maintain its fundamental essence?
Ideas already out there to build on:
Jewish Futures Award winner on Open Source Judaism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56x46QezJ9k
How to Build Open Source Communities: http://tuxradar.com/content/how-create-open-source-community