A New Approach To Communication And Pastoral Ministry

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A presentation made by Fr. Jerry Martinson, S.J. at the EAPI's Social Communications in Pastoral Ministry workshops in 2009. Includes "The Church & Communications", "Mass Communication: Bringing God to Masses of People", "The New Areopagus", "Training for Ministry in the New Areopagus", etc.

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A New Approach To Communication And Pastoral Ministry

  1. 1. A New Approach to Communication and Pastoral Ministry
  2. 2. The Church & Communications • “Go forth and teach all nations…”
  3. 3. The Church & Communications “The Church is Communications” Cardinal Avery Dulles
  4. 4. Intra-Communication – Finding God Within In the depths of one’s being…
  5. 5. Intra-Communication – Finding God Within Mediated by • Material creation • Environment • Body • Senses • Emotions • Intellect • Experiences - of love, joy, peace…
  6. 6. Question! • Are pastoral agents trained to understand and use media for intra- personal communication? • Media Education
  7. 7. Inter-Communication Helping people discover God • in the world • in others • in themselves
  8. 8. Inter-Communication • One-on-one • Small & large groups
  9. 9. Inter-Communication Mediated by • Physical characteristics • Personal Attributes • Accidentals
  10. 10. Inter-Communication Mediated by Technology
  11. 11. Question! • Are pastoral agents sufficiently trained in interpersonal communication and appropriate use of media and AV ‘extensions?’
  12. 12. Mass Communication: Bringing God to Masses of People To Individuals in all corners of the world
  13. 13. Mass Communication: Bringing God to Masses of People Physical Groups
  14. 14. Mass Communication: Bringing God to Masses of People • To Virtual Communities
  15. 15. Mass Communications Exposing people not physically present to the values of Jesus Christ and the gifts of the Spirit
  16. 16. Mass Communications • Enabling people not physically present to discover and experience God
  17. 17. Mass Communications Mediated by: • Our bodies and accidentals • Electronic extensions: radio, TV… • Multimedia, hybrid extensions: cable, wireless, blogs, websites…
  18. 18. Question! Do we know how to identify, nurture, and train pastoral agents with potential for the mass media apostolate?
  19. 19. The New Areopagus…
  20. 20. Is the Areopagus of the Media…
  21. 21. In a Highly Mediated New Areopagus… Christ’s Message is inseparable from the media used to communicate it
  22. 22. In a Highly Mediated New Areopagus… Christ’s Message can be confined and confused by media
  23. 23. In a Highly Mediated New Areopagus… Christ’s Message can be extended & enhanced by the media
  24. 24. In a Highly Mediated New Areopagus… Christ’s Message is the media
  25. 25. Question: What would they do now? • St. Paul • Thomas Aquinas • Francis Xavier • Matteo Ricci
  26. 26. Question! • Are we doing what they would do to equip our seminarians, priests, and religious to meet the challenges and opportunities of the New Areopagus?
  27. 27. Training for Ministry in the New Areopagus • Training in TV and Video Production
  28. 28. Training for Ministry in the New Areopagus Training in Computer Graphics and Design
  29. 29. Training for Ministry in the New Areopagus Training in Website Design and Construction…
  30. 30. Obstacles to Ministry The Media
  31. 31. Obstacles Globalization
  32. 32. Obstacles Post modernity
  33. 33. Obstacles Tradition
  34. 34. Obstacles Overloaded Curriculum and Schedule in Seminaries and Houses of Relgious Formation
  35. 35. The Solution? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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