Where Two or Three are Texting: Incarnation & Sacrament in a Virtual World

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The young people in our schools and parishes are increasingly citizens of a virtual world where they carry out many traditionally “physical” activities, including living out their faith! Other Christian communities are experimenting with “online church.” What is an "online church" and is it an option for Catholics? How does the "digital continent" influence the way we prepare young people and catechumens to receive the sacraments?

This webinar will explore these questions and offer some avenues for appropriate use of digital technologies in living our faith.

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Where Two or Three are Texting: Incarnation & Sacrament in a Virtual World

  1. 1. WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE TEXTING: INCARNATION & SACRAMENT IN A VIRTUAL WORLD Jonathan F. Sullivan Director of Catechetical Ser vices Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
  2. 2. T WEET ALONG WITH THE HASHTAG #VirtualFaith
  3. 3. OPENING PRAYER Collect, The N a t i vi t y o f t h e L o r d ( At t h e Mass during the D ay )
  4. 4. OUTLINE  Farming Digital Dirt  Online Faith Practices: What’s Going On?  Challenges to Catholic Practice  Bridging “Physical Faith” and “Virtual Faith”  Q&A
  5. 5. FARMING DIGITAL DIRT
  6. 6. FARMING DIGITAL DIRT Simulating Real Life  Virtual farming  Virtual prayer? Community and Communion Online
  7. 7. ONLINE FAITH PRACTICES: WHAT’S GOING ON?
  8. 8. ONLINE FAITH PRACTICES Faith Resources Online Online Faith Communities Prayer in Cyberspace Broadcast of “Live” Services “Digital Church”
  9. 9. CONTINUUM OF PARTICIPATION
  10. 10. CHALLENGES TO CATHOLIC PRACTICE
  11. 11. CHALLENGES TO CATHOLIC PRACTICE Enlightenment vs. Catechism I think, therefore I am.
  12. 12. CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, NO. 364-365 The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul… The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures unified, but rather their union forms a single nature.
  13. 13. CHALLENGES TO CATHOLIC PRACTICE Enlightenment vs. Catechism Temporary, Mutable Avatars What is “Participation?” “Virtual” Sacraments?
  14. 14. BRIDGING “PHYSICAL” FAITH & “VIRTUAL” FAITH
  15. 15. BRIDGING “PHYSICAL” FAITH & “DIGITAL” FAITH Cultivate Online Communities Invite Digital Faithful to Participate in Person Stress Importance of Physical Symbols
  16. 16. Q&A

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