Who am I? MSEd, Teacher, Lay Minister, Faith Formation, RCIA, and now… TechnologyI am not an expert, but I feel that everything in life should be examined in light of our faith and Church teachings. Who are you? Catholic or other faiths. Where are you from (city, state or country?) Why did you come?What is your comfort level with technology? Spectrogram.Beginners – this will be too much info for you. Advanced – use it as a persuasive presentation for your church/parish. You can get it on slideshare.net (give handout)
Before beginning,Read scripture... How might this parable apply to life in our time, our culture, and our ministry as teachers and lay people, especially with regards to technology and faith?We must become the voice/models for a new way of thinking about how we share our faith in a digital information-sharing world. WE are the new wineskins.
Our plan for today… some of the areas we will discuss.This is meant to be persuasive to beginners, so that you can start the conversation in your parishes. It is a Catholic perspective, but you can adapt it to your faith.
General definition of technology for our purposes today
A term used by the Catholic church when talking about media of just about any kind.
The world of communications media is changing fundamentally, and now includes user-created content like never before. Now, each of us, our children, and all future generations will have the capability to CREATE and COLLABORATE using the Internet. The Internet is no longer a passive tool of information. Social networking allows us to find others of similar interests. How is this going to affect FAITH SHARING, EVANGELIZATION and COMMUNITY-BUILDING?
WHO’s DISCUSSION TECHNOLOGY TODAY? Everyone – business, church, education, media…Educational technology has been a growing field of study for 40 years.Clearwater High School switching to electronic textbooks and Kindles this year – 2100 were given to students and teachers.Computer training starts as soon as students come to school – even in prek and KSchools are developing Acceptable Use/Responsible use policies. Most of the “hits” on Google about technology and faith are related to Acceptable Use policies of faith-based schools.Online courses available thru Podcasts, webcasts – now are prevalent for teens and adults.
There are issues about safety that every parent should know to keep their kids safe when using technology. FBI has a whole cybercrime division, and we all need to be aware of the dangers out there.
Digital Catechesis is a web site for catechists to network and share ideas about how to integrate technology in their classes.Anyone here can join.
USCCB actually has a really great site that includes all kinds of guidelines for issues related to the media:The Communications Committee oversees many divisions that are responsible for developing and maintaining information You can follow USCCB on Facebook or Twitter. You can Read Social Media Guidelines: These guidelines were recently released by our bishops and can be referred to when parishes decide to have a voice in social media. These are excellent guidelines to establishing something like a parish Facebook page.You can read official statements issued to the media about hot topics.You can sign a statement agreeing to use media responsibly, and to sacrifice an hour of media use to pray instead.Read Policy on Media productionView Ratings of entertainment mediaLearn about what the Catholic Communications Campaign does and what it funds (it funds the USCCB web site, for example)
Even our Pope is talking about technology.We live in a time of rapid change and adjustment.Looking the other way, hoping our children get that training in school or hoping social networking will go away is no longer an option. Leaders in the faith community MUST step up and learn about social media so we can guide our children.
Post Vatican II, Pope Paul VI instituted an annual World Communications Day in order to give the Church an opportunity to have a voice in the social communications media forum. This link takes you to a compilation of links to the WCD messages, sorted chronologically. It is in different languages and is provided by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.In most countries, the Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on the Sunday before Pentecost. A papal message for the occasion usually is released Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of journalists.We are using WCD this year in our parish to show a movie of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the pioneers of Catholic voice in Social Com Media. He said “The only way to win audiences is to tell people about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Every other approach is a waste.”
Let’s take a look at just how fast the world is changing. Keep in mind that what you are about to see is already a couple years old.
If Every age has it’s “REVOLUTION” – ours is certainly “Social Media”Technology is changing as we speak. While static Internet content is still around, it’s very quickly being replaced by SOCIAL MEDIA. It’s important that we recognize that this “revolution” is taking place! It’s vital that we understand the world that our children are entering – the world they are being called to transform for Christ.Creator of this video lists his sources: http://socialnomics.net/2010/05/05/social-media-revolution-2-refresh/It’s really an advertisement for a book by Erik Qualman about the impact that the new social media platforms have on consumers: Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business.
Mystagogical reflection: use your senses. Sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell. What did you experience through this video and how does it relate to your faith?What do all of these statistics have to do with FAITH? Can’t we just continue to do what we have always done, the way we always have – with traditional faith formation classes?What are some of the ways technology has influenced us thus far?IS TECHNOLOGY GOOD OR BAD OR NEUTRAL?
Although Tech may be neutral, its affect on us is not.Children - kids see 8,000 murders on TV by 8th grade. 20,000 commercials. 900 hours/year in school: 1500 hours/year watching tv! TV Models and actresses thinner than 95% of all American women. What impact does this have on our expectations about our bodies?Has technology given us an image of people created in the likeness of God?Has technology made it more or less likely that people will make moral choices?
SO – YES, WE DO HAVE TO “BOTHER” TO ADDRESS the impact of technology on society today! The Church has been calling us to talk about it for decades!Popes since Vatican II have been asking us to address technology/social communications media issues:FromInter Mirifica – the Decree on the Media of Social Communications, 1963 – Pope Paul VI called for Catholics (both pastors and lay people) to use the wonders of technology responsibly.
The latest theme for WCD (2011) talks about the revolution of communication and information that is created by new digital technologies.
Pope Benedict’s statement in the 43rd WCD: New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship. Where he particularly calls young people to evangelize through the use of technology to spread the Gospel.WHO is going to guide and INFORM our young people and help them be properly FORMED so that they can TRANSFORM the world through the use of technology?
Lumengentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Paul VI, 1964. We are called to share in Christ’s mission and ministry. Everyone is familiar with this phrase from LG. What does it mean in everyday language?To sanctify is to make the world a holy place, so that everything we do reflects respect for the dignity of humans. We pray. We are honorable.To teach is to speak the truth, to guide the young, to be faithful to our teachings, to evangelize in the everyday world.To govern is to use our authority and power as parents, in our jobs, in our ministries to bring right order to the world – peace, justice, dignity
Evangelization – must be carried into cyberspace. This is how young people, at least in the developed world, communicate, how they create, and how they collaborate.Storytelling – there are incredible, FREE opportunities for us to witness to God’s love in the world through digital media. Faster communication – If you have a Facebook page, you can post a notice about a church activity and it will instantly be distributed to people at not expense. Prejudicial boundaries – race and culture are irrelevant in the sense that they are not obstacles to communication over the Internet. I can receive e-mails from people of other faiths and learn to be less suspicious and to find out common ground for addressing the injustices of the world.Dialogue – There are no boundaries to whom I can talk to about Jesus. They can be in China, Brazil, anywhere.Disaster – our church’s response to Haiti earthquake. The country’s response.
How could technology be integrated into catechetical ministries?“We are Disciples: Followers of Jesus” Make a collection of photos of our Other-Abled ministry: sharing a meal, singing songs, doing a service project, participating in liturgy and learning about faith in catechetical sessions.Relate these story-photos to Scripture: Jesus called his disciples (Mt 4:18-22). Record interviews with the parents , godparents or caretakers about what they hope your faith life will be like : What is it like to welcome other-abled people into your parish community? How do these people reach out to others with the gifts they have? How do they contribute to building God’s kingdom?Show the video to our church community to share what we’ve learned. Post it on the parish web site. Invite comments from parishioners.
Voicethread is one of the applications you can use to tell a faith story – such as this one I created for my catechists, called The Creed.This word cloud was created by wordle.net. It contains the text of Bishop Herzog’s report about social media to the General Assembly. The larger the word, the more it was used in his report. How could you apply this free tool to allow your students to show you what they know about their faith?
It might seem like a daunting task, but remember…And remember that our church is already offering guidance:
Your Family and Cyberspace – published by the Office of Media Relations of the USCCB Defines many terms related to Internet such as “cyberspace” and “Chat Room” Cautions parents about dangers of the Internet such as predators, pornography, and “hate-speak” States that all “Catholic” sites are not authoritative Offers helpful strategies to parents such as filtering sites and supervising children Calls for all producers and consumers of digital media to share responsibility in providing safe and appropriate sites Provides a list of Safe Internet Tips for parents
If you follow the USCCB, you will know that in the fall of 2010, they held their annual General Assembly. You can check the USCCB web site and see the topics that were addressed, or you can follow the USCCB on TWITTER and have those headlines at your fingertips, literally, with links to full articles. One of interest:This report by Bishop Ronald Herzog, of the Communication Committee. This is a very readable, practical call to embrace the new forms of social media and to recognize that they are not “fads” and to see them as a “new form of pastoral ministry.”READ EXCERPTS: The USCCB Facebook page has 25,000 fans after only about 7 months. The average # of friends a user has is 130. If a fan shares the information with only 10% of her friends, the message of today’s Scripture will have reached 325,000 people. The cost: only staff time to do the posting.“Although social media has been around for less than 10 years, it doesn’t have the makings of a fad. We’re being told that it is causing as fundamental a shift in communication patterns and behavior as the printing press did 500 years ago. And I don’t think I have to remind you of what happened when the Catholic Church was slow to adapt to that new technology. By the time we decided to seriously promote that common folk should read the Bible, the Protestant Reformation was well underway.”
2010 is dedicated to priests – the Holy Father is asking them to use new technologies to witness to the Gospel.Summer training offered by our diocese?
Look at the three discussion questions. These are some key questions to begin a conversation in your parish. Discuss if there is time.If out of time, ask participants to take the questions with them to discuss with church staff, catechists, or parishioners.
Sometimes, people seem afraid to embrace change.We need not be afraid of change, because all the earth is in God’s hands. This is one Scripture that can certainly be used to give people courage to shed the light of Christ in the world today. Change is sometimes frightening, but…Dr. Who says “I’m not afraid of monsters. Monsters are afraid of me.” With Christ on our side, we have already won the most frightening battles of good vs. evil.Streams in the wasteland – suggests that those seeds we plant will somehow be watered.
We may not see the results of our struggle to understand or integrate technology into our church, but we can be sure that we are part of God’s plan to bring everything under His command.Oscar Romero – As the Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's brutal civil war, Romero became the "bishop of the poor" for his work defending the Salvadoran people. After calling for international intervention to protect those being killed by government forces, Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980. http://www.uscatholic.org/oscar_romero
What do YOU want need to know to live as a priest, prophet and king in the world of communication technology today?How can you receive further training in any of these areas? Are you well grounded in your faith formation, and ready to learn to utilize the new technologies?Hardware, software and humanware– all three areas must be developed.The area most often overlooked is training of humans to use the technology that’s already in place.
Attend: a professional conference, such as Interactive ConnectionsOnline: webinars, such as DEN (Discovery Network online resources for ed tech), Paulist Evangelization webinars, Tech & Learning (ed tech resources and training for k-12)Local Stores: The Apple Store offers free training for many Apple productsHelp Menus: Read the menu and become familiar with the jargon. Look up what you don’t know.Network: Join a social network dedicated to promoting faith sharing through the use of social media (Digital Catechesis). Follow experts on Twitter to link to current events.Be creative: pick ONE area and focus. Learn all you can about it and find a way to apply that skill. E.g., Digital photographyVolunteer: Offer to help in your school’s computer class. You will learn as the students learn!Read – both online and hard copy books and articles. Subscribe to a tech magazine: PC World, Tech & LearningInvest in Yourself: Take a college class, Summercore, to update your skill sets so you can communicate with younger generation.
Technolgy and Faith in the 21st Century
Technology and Faith in the 21st Century<br />Who am I?<br />Who are you?<br />
Opening Scripture<br /> “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”<br />Mark 2:22<br />New American Bible<br />
Why discuss technology and faith?Why people of faith must have a web presence.What does the Catholic Church have to say about all this?<br />
Technology<br />The use of tools of communication and information-sharing, especially the tools made available to us in the last 20 years by the widespread use of computers and by <br />Internet access.<br />
Social Communication Media<br />Any form of media that facilitates communication and information sharing. Examples: radio, TV, computers<br />
Social Networking<br />The use of Web 2.0 computer technology to connect people of similar interests.<br />Examples: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter<br />
Who’s talking about technology?<br />http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/<br />
Who’s talking about technology?<br />http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide/parent-guide<br />
Who’s talking about technology?<br />http://digitalcatechesis.ning.com/<br />
Who’s talking about technology?<br />http://www.usccb.org/comm/social-media-guidelines.shtml<br />
Who’s talking about technology?<br /> “These technologies are truly a gift to humanity and we must endeavor to ensure that the benefits they offer are put at the service of all human individuals and communities.”<br />Pope Benedict XVI, 2009<br />43rd World Communications Day Statement<br />
Why Bother?<br />In 1963…<br /> It is the duty of Pastors to instruct and guide the faithful … <br />…the laity especially must strive <br />to instill a human and Christian spirit into these media.<br />. <br />Pope Paul VI <br />Inter Mirifica, The Decree on the Media of Social Communications 1963<br />Chapter 1, paragraph 3 <br />
Why Bother?<br />Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life <br />in the Digital Age<br />Pope Benedict XVI <br />45th WCD Message, 2011<br />http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/communications/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20110124_45th-world-communications-day_en.html<br />
Why Bother?<br /> It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this "digital continent". Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm. <br />Pope Benedict XVI <br />New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship<br />43rd WCD Message, 2009<br />
Why Bother?<br />We share in Christ’s ministry <br />as priest, prophet and king: <br />We are called to<br />Sanctify<br />Teach<br />Govern<br />Lumen Gentium<br />Dogmatic Constitution on the Church <br />Pope Paul VI, 1964<br />
Applications<br />The potential blessings of technology<br />Evangelization<br />Digital storytelling<br />More effective, faster communication<br />Overcoming prejudicial boundaries <br />Opportunities to dialogue <br />More effective response to disaster<br />
Change is in God’s Hands<br />The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; <br />the world, and they that dwell therein.<br /> Psalm 24:1<br />
USCCB document: Your Family and Cyberspace, published in 2002<br />http://usccb.org/comm/cyberspace.shtml<br />Our Church Offers Guidance!<br />
Our Church Offers Guidance!<br />The USCCB Fall General Assembly<br />Bishops Urged to Embrace Social Media in Order to Effectively Evangelize ‘Digital Continent’ – Nov. 15, 2010<br />http://www.usccb.org/meetings/2010Fall/2010-address-social-media.shtml<br />
Our Church Offers Guidance!<br />The last five years: World Communications Day<br />44th World Communications Day, 2010, <br />The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: <br />New Media at the Service of the Word<br /> -Calls priests to witness to the Gospel through the new technologies available to them<br /> <br />We have an opportunity to assist our priests in this area!<br />
How can you ensure the authenticity of a “Catholic” web site?<br />What are some ways we can ensure the safety of children who have access to the Internet ?<br />Have you discovered any creative ways to use technology to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ?<br />
Scripture<br />“See, I am doing a new thing! … <br />I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” ~Isaiah 43:19<br />
Oscar Romero<br />"We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise."<br />
What is Your Vision?<br /><ul><li>Information (education)
Transformation (changing the world)</li></li></ul><li>Ideas for Training<br />http://www.wordle.net/<br />
Closing Prayer<br />God of love and light,<br />Guide us as we bring your Good News<br /> to the Digital Continent of the 21st Century.<br />Give us the information we need<br />To form us as your holy people<br />So that we may transform this world<br />With you love.<br />Amen<br />
RESOURCES<br />Social Media Revolution YouTube Clip<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-Ng<br />Inter Mirifica, The Decree on the Media of Social Communications 1963<br />Chapter 1, paragraph 3 <br />http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19631204_inter-mirifica_en.html<br />45th World Communications Day Message <br />http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/communications/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20110124_45th-world-communications-day_en.html<br />43rd World Communications Day quote<br />http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/communications/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20090124_43rd-world-communications-day_en.html<br />
RESOURCES<br />Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. 1964. Pope Paul VI. <br />http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html<br />Your Family and Cyberspace<br />http://www.usccb.org/comm/cyberspace.shtml<br />USCCB Fall General Assembly<br />http://www.usccb.org/meetings/2010Fall/2010-address-social-media.shtml<br />44th World Communications Day<br />http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/communications/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20100124_44th-world-communications-day_en.html<br />Voicethread<br />http://voicethread.com<br />Wordle<br />http://wordle.net<br />