Part I: Overview-What is Evangelization?Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min.
Learner Leader Digital Immigrant Founder of Interactive Connections Master of Arts in EducationalTechnology and Religious Studies D.Min. in Parish Revitalization Educator in secondary education for 4 Years Pastoral Associate for 2 Years Diocesan Service for 16 Years Congregational Leadership for 4 Years Publishing Industry Electronic Media for 4 Years University Academic Technology and Campus Ministry for 7 Years New Media Formation since 1983 (30 Years)
What we will focus on: What is Evangelization? What is Digital Culture? Why we are using social media tools?
What is Evangelization? Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi “evangelization is in fact the face and vocationproper to the Church, her deepest identity. Sheexists to evangelize USCCB : Go and Make Disciples http://old.usccb.org/evangelization/goandmake/eng.shtml
What is Evangelization? Bringing the Good News of Jesus into everyhuman situation and seeking to convertindividuals and society by divine power of theGospel itself.
Goals for EvangelizationUSCCB To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasmfor their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus theyfreely share it with others To invite all people in the US whatever the social orcultural background to hear the message ofsalvation in Jesus Christ so that they may come tojoin us in the fullness of the Catholic faith To foster gospel values in our society promoting thedignity and the common good of our society, so thatour nation may continue to be transformed by thesaving power of Jesus
Goals for Evangelization Steeped in Prayer Focus on everyday life Evangelize Church goers with a deeper faith
What is Good News? Loving God that is intimately involved withus Intermediary is Jesus Salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice God is with us still
Good News of Evangelization Evangelization is the deepest part of ourCatholic identity ENFLAME those who are already connected toChrist INVITE others to join us – in doing so TRANSFORM the world
Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975) Goal for communications media - while socialcommunications can reach millions of people, thereremains a challenge of “piercing the conscience of eachindividual, of implanting [the gospel] in his heart asthough he were the only person being addressed, with allhis most individual and personal qualities, and evoke anentirely personal adherence and commitment” (45). The “person-to-person” form of encounter “remains validand important” and points to Jesus Christ’s ownencounters with individuals in the gospels (46). Hepoignantly asks, “In the long run, is there any other wayof handing on the Gospel than by transmitting to anotherperson one’s personal experience of faith?”http://www.capuchins.org/articles/Evan_Nunt_PPVI.pdf
ROME, MAY 5, 2011 (Zenit.org)Evangelization in a world ofcommunications technology is the biggestchallenge the Vatican is facing today,according to the president of the PontificalCouncil for Social Communications -Archbishop Claudio Celli
New Culture Example 400,000 primary school children in Uruguay studying onlaptops "From first grade," the Archbishop said, "they learn torelate to and to know one another through the computer.To find out something they go to Wikipedia, and theyconnect from home with their friends. A child who livesin connection with others, for example, understandsbetter what it means to be in communication." And hewill also be able "to understand better what the MysticalBody of Christ is" because he will understand better whatit means to be in communication with the Church. Nevertheless, the Vatican official cautioned, a paradoxexists, because "while one is connected, at the same timeone is very alone."
Basic Problem:According to Archbishop Celli How well is the Church able tocommunicate and proclaim the Gospel inthis digital culture?
Digital Culture Creative Classroomhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_bWNSEwe0U
The Digital World• Language• Culture• Skillhttp://energise2-0.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Digital-Revolution.jpg
Language Wiki Blog vBlog Facebook Social Media New Media Twitter Microblogging• Text messaging• Photo share• Video share• Podcasts• Webinars• Personal LearningNetwork (PLN)
How are people using New Media? 80% of Americans use social media. 68% of churchgoers want to connect withtheir Church via social media. 79% of all adults use the internet -- 95% ofyoung adults 80% of Americans use email 85% of adults own a cell phone 87% of teens engage in electroniccommunication.
New Media on the InternetEvery 60 seconds on the Internet: 204 million emails are sent $83,000 in sales are made on Amazon 20 million photos are viewed on Flickr 100,000 new tweets are published 277,000 people login to Facebook 2 million search queries are made on Google 30 hours of video are uploaded to YouTubeBy 2015, the number of devices connected to the internet is expectedto reach twice that of the global population, and it will take you fiveyears to watch all the video content that is shared across the internetin just a single second.http:ub.theclickdepot.com/The-Click-Depot-Blog/bid/275797/Every-60-Seconds-on-the-Internet
New Media on the Internethttp:ub.theclickdepot.com/The-Click-Depot-Blog/bid/275797/Every-60-Seconds-on-the-Internet
What is “New Media” On-demand access to content any time,anywhere, on any digital device Interactive user feedback Creative participation and community formation Creation Publication Distribution Consumption
Three skill sets of . . .TechnologyCommunicationsTechnologyEducationalTechnologyInformationTechnology
Three skill sets of . . .TechnologyCommunicationsTechnology (CT hasboomed in the recentpast, with the Internet,email, VOIP, and videoconferencing.Communication is possiblein a large variety ofmediums and technologies– social media)Educational Technology(The study and ethicalpractice of facilitatinglearning and improvingperformance by creating,using, and managingappropriate technologicalprocesses and resources)Information Technology(an industry that usescomputers, networking,software programming,and other equipment andprocesses to store,process, retrieve, transmit,and protect information)
Three skill sets of . . .TechnologyEducationalTechnology (The studyand ethical practice offacilitating learning andimproving performanceby creating, using, andmanaging appropriatetechnological processesand resources)
Why use social Media? St. Paul evangelized according to the mediaof his time Bishop Sheen did the same with TV. Pope – Twitter
Our Media Go where the people are Reaches new audiences Provides information in the manner that we areused to finding it Available and accessible
The New Media -- TODAY We are expanding the message of Christand the apostles become our own NOT changing the message … but making itrelevant to our time
New Media – Right Tool Technology use General public○ 2% innovators,○ 14% early adopters○ 34% early majority○ 34% late majority○ 16% laggards
New Media – Right Tool Technology Use among Catholics estimate 1% are innovators, 9% early adopters, 20% early majority, 30% late majority, 40% laggards Fr. Roderick Vonhogen – New Media
Helping Catholics to Embrace NewMedia Educate Presentations, seminars, YouTube TRAININGvideos, newspaper columns, one-to-one witness,Emeritus Pope Benedict’s call to adopt newmedia Encourage Improve current modes of technology use○ Email○ Website
Helping Catholics to Embrace NewMedia Encourage Adopt current modes of technology http://www.xt3.com Expose Excellence SHARE what you find (Curating)
Helping Catholics to Embrace NewMedia Evaluate Where are we now? Where we need to go? PLAN with experts Execute Build the idea of what “users” want Does not have to be expensive Use Guidelines by USCCB Social Networking Policy by your diocese
New Media – Authentic Voice? How can I remain confident that we are trulycommunicating THE Catholic faith and my OWNversions of the Catholic faith? My solution is tosaturate my writings with Scripture and theChurch Fathers – but especially the ChurchFathers. If I am to write an article or post aboutthe Sacraments of Baptism, I have to begin byadmitting the following: What did the greatFathers, theologians, and saints say about it?Therefore I try to constantly glean authoritativepassages from Church history.Taylor Marshall– Church in the new media – Brandon Vogt
Closing PrayerHeavenly Father, You made us in your image.May all we do and sayLead others to know and love you more.Saint Isidore, Patron of the InternetAnd St. Frances de Sales,Patron of Communications Workers,Pray for us who face the challenges of21st Century communications.In Jesus’ Name, we pray.Amen.
Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min.firstname.lastname@example.org://www.facebook.com/c.cervenyhttps://twitter.com/ccerveny@ccervenyhttp://acyberpilgrim.orghttp://catechesis20.orghttp://digitalcatechesis.ning.comhttp://ddbcformation.orgResource: Evangelization in the Digital Age,Sr. Geralyn Schmidt, SCC