Looking Ahead

Next Thursday, I’ll lead a discussion with the Anglican/Episcopal House of Studies at Duke, on the topic of digital technology. I’ll show them Wesch clips (don’t look ahead, if you’re an AEHS Duke student!) and urge my case that students who are preparing for church leadership may opt to prepare for a cultural environment that flourished in the 1950’s, began to age unbecomingly in the 60’s and 70’s, and now has one foot in the grave — or they can prepare for very different circumstances that already prevail in many quarters, and seem likely to overtake the rest of the world sooner than later.
I have to refrain from expounding my whole megillah “Meaning, Communication, Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Pastoral Practice, Sound Theology, and Everything Else” understanding of how they might best gird themselves for ministry in a pervasively digital cultural ecology, but I do want to leave a note here in case there’s something very important that readers may want to remind me to include.

4 thoughts on “Looking Ahead

  1. I would love to sneak into that discussion… Alas, I have other commitments, and probably can’t become Anglican quickly enough anyway.

  2. Everyone’s welcome, Kyle — AEHS is the core constituency, but the doors will be open.

  3. It might be worth discussion of active and entrenched resistance to the encroachment of “pervasively cultural technology” in said cultural environment (commented the vicar of 4 congregations, a bit more than half of whose parishioners have any comfort with cell phones and less than 1/3 of same use email, let alone other frills).

  4. What Jane Ellen said–and since the older members of oen’s congregations tend to be significant givers and hard-working members, how to help them cross those boundaries with you.

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