NEW YORK - Disciples Now (http://disciplesnow.faithstreams.com), an online resource for Catholic teens, has launched a special summer feature called Songs in the Key of Justice, a music and social action microsite. It focuses on issues of advocacy, social justice and the many volunteer service opportunities that are available for young people.
In addition to both original editorial content and partner contributed content on key issues in social advocacy, Songs in the Key of Justice offers free weekly song downloads of well known Catholic pop and rock bands whose music embodies the spirit of social justice and features artists such as Ceili Rain, Last Day, John Angotti and the Christian band Poor Rich Folk. These songs can be accessed simply by registering for the site. Users can also upload videos of their summer service projects, share photos and talk with others in an online forum.
Songs in the Key of Justice also offers visitors free wallpaper, AIM and MSN instant message icons as well a badge for their blogs, MySpace page or personal Web site. Songs in the Key of Justice merchandise (such as T-shits, mugs, etc.) can also be purchased.
"Disciples Now.com has been a place that thousands of Catholic teens, youth ministers, teachers, and parents have come to rely on as a dependable resource for Catholic teachings and how those apply to the daily life of young people," said Sherry Raspa, co-founder and producer of Disciples Now. "In this tradition of Disciples Now, the site presents Songs in the Key of Justice as a destination where teens can find both important information about social justice and download music from their favorite Catholic music artists who practice what they preach. Songs in the Key of Justice shows that social activism this summer can be both rewarding and fun."
About Disciples Now Ministries
Disciples Now Ministries, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which provides a web-based ministry for Catholic youth focused on the traditions, life and mission of the Catholic faith community. Leadership for Disciples Now Ministries is provided by an independent Board of Directors. The organization is closely affiliated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry which provides oversight of the catechetical content.
Disciples Now Ministries was formed by a group of youth ministry and faith formation professionals in Baltimore, Maryland in July 1999. DisciplesNow.com debuted at the National Catholic Youth Conference in November of that year. For eight years, a dedicated group of volunteers and staff provided editorial, catechetical, and operational resources for the website. These individuals had significant experience in Catholic youth ministry, many of them serving as professional staff in parishes, schools, and diocesan chanceries. In 2008, DisciplesNow.com joined the FaithStreams Network which provides ministerial, editorial, technological, and promotional support through a team of professional staff, consultants, and volunteers. http://disciplesnow.faithstreams.comContact:
Scott Rosenblum / Jared Kreiner
Scott@trylonsmr.com / Jared@trylonsmr.com