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T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and social media


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Our world is completely wired and often we cannot see the real connections that seem invisible.And it's not only young people who spend hours using social media every day,but more and more grown-ups are joining social media sites for a variety of motives. Even the Pope tweets. In this presentation I explore questions about social media, faith and education and share two frameworks for evaluating how students, teachers, and others create content and consume it. The T.H.I.N.K. strategy is easy to learn, apply and share with even young children.

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T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and social media

  1. 1. Sr Rose Pacatte, FSP Pauline Center for Media Studie © Daughters of St. Paul
  2. 2. Katy Perry’s ROAR on Social Media
  3. 3. Social Media Revolution
  4. 4. Social Media Explained • Twitter- I m eatg #donut • Facebook- I like donuts • Instagram- Here’s a vintage photo of my donut • Youtube- Here I am eating my donut • Linkin- My skills include donut eating • Pinterest- Here’s my donut recipe • Google+ - I am a Google employee who eats donuts
  5. 5. Social media are “web-based tools for interaction for conversation and to create and share content”= Meredith Gould
  6. 6. Questions for Catholic school teachers, catechists, parents, and students today:  Network or communion?  Creators or consumers?  Freedom or responsibility?
  7. 7. Pope Francis The goal of the Church for its communications efforts is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of today in order to appreciate their desires, their doubts and their hopes.” September 21, 2013
  8. 8. How did Jesus communicate the Good News? • Storytelling • Conversations • Question and answers • Debate • Dialogue
  9. 9. Think theologically about social media “You will need to know what you believe about God as well as God’s ongoing, eternal communication with us” - Meredith Gould “The Social Media Gospel” The Apostles Creed
  10. 10. “The challenge is to rediscover through social communications, as well as by personal contact, the beauty that is at the heart of our existence and our journey, the beauty of faith and of our encounter with Christ” September 21, 2013
  11. 11. Google Passover
  12. 12. Character Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. 13. Character What you do when no one is looking Empathy “How would you feel if someone did that to you?” Character education = human formation The spiritual is built upon the human
  14. 14. Values Values are overarching ideals that guide our lives What are the three most important values that guide your life? Share with the person next to you
  15. 15. What are Jesus’ family values? • To feed the hungry • To give drink to the thirsty • To clothe the naked • To give shelter to the homeless • To visit the sick • To ransom the captive • To bury the dead.
  16. 16. More of Jesus’ family values • The spiritual works of mercy • To instruct the ignorant • To counsel the doubtful • To admonish sinners • To bear wrongs patiently • To forgive offences willingly • To comfort the afflicted • To pray for the living and the dead
  17. 17. Remember why we are even talking about all this: Kids need human formation to base the spiritual
  18. 18. Kids’ brains, the frontal cortex where consequences are considered and decisions are made is not developed until they are in their 20s – boys almost 30.
  19. 19. Parenting – the Church’s most important apostolate Our children need  Communication  Consistency  Guidance  Good example  Communication  Honor  Respect  Communication
  20. 20. Control lasts for a moment Communication lasts a lifetime
  21. 21. Goals of Catholic formation & education Critical autonomy Independent thinkers Empathetic people Who participate in society Responsible and free Collaborators who care about people, society, environment
  22. 22. Thinking, character, values, choices: as content creators and consumers
  23. 23. Media Mindfulness: What’s going on? What am I seeing? Hearing? Playing? Reading? How aware am I?
  24. 24. This is an awareness test
  25. 25. Media Mindfulness: What’s REALLY going on? Who pains? Who gains?
  26. 26. Coke Commercial South Africa: Go Crazy
  27. 27. Media Mindfulness: Does it make any difference? What Christian values does this media experience support or ignore?
  28. 28. Media Mindfulness: How can I make a difference? What response seems appropriate in light of my Christian values and beliefs?
  29. 29. Before you watch, play, create, post ….
  30. 30. = Is it True? North American House Hippo
  31. 31. Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s
  32. 32. = Is it Helpful? • Brick discovers the Internet
  33. 33. I = Is it Inspiring? Katy Perry sings “Firework” with Jodi, a girl with autism
  34. 34. = Is it Necessary
  35. 35. = Is it Kind? Homeless man finds woman’s ring
  36. 36. Questions?
  37. 37. Let us remember that the world is permeated by grace even when it does not seem so (cf. Karl Rahner)
  38. 38. Christ Has No Online Presence but Yours • Christ has no online presence but yours, • No blog, no Facebook page but yours, • Yours are the tweets through which love touches this world, • Yours are the posts through which the Gospel is shared, • Yours are the updates through which hope is revealed. • Christ has no online presence but yours, • No blog, no Facebook page but yours. - Meredith Gould based on the pryer of Teresa of Avila “The Social Media Gospel”