Summer Workshop June 2015

Sharing the Good News in the Era of Pope Francis: A Week-Long Exploration of the Theology and Use of Digital Media in Dialogue and Evangelization.

Saint Mary’s College of California

Pope Francis

June 8-12, 2015

The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.  We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.  A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive.  Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.  The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.  This is something truly good, a gift from God (Pope Francis, “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter,” excerpt, January 24, 2014). 

In our digital age, our words can connect us or cut us deeply.  They can be words of self-promotion or of self-gift.  They can mock or heal, play or ponder, edify or confuse, celebrate or lament our human experience.  In this context, the Church’s task to proclaim Good News is infused with a new mission to offer human communication the hope of the Word Incarnate, a hope that moves human connection toward the image of human-divine communion. Proclaiming Christ today necessarily involves the culture wrought by digital communication; our question is no longer if, but how (Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Connected Toward Communion, p. 130).

Facilitators

Professor Daniella Zsupan-Jerome of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and author of the recently-published Connected toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age (Liturgical Press: 2014)

Professor Ed Tywoniak of Saint Mary’s College of California, board member of the Media Ecology Association and Lasallian educator whose doctoral study was in the field of Leadership and Technology from the University of San Francisco

The staff of the Information Technology Services of Saint Mary’s College 

 

book

Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Anthony Gittins, C. S. Sp., Professor Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, author of fifteen books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality, including Ministry At The Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission (Orbis, 2002); A Presence That Disturbs: A Callto Radical Discipleship (Liguori, 2002); Come, Follow Me: The Commandments of Jesus (Liguori, 2004); Where There’s Hope, There’s Life. Women’s Stories and Practical Theology (Liguori, 2006); and Called to be Sent: Co-Missioned as Disciples Today (Liguori, 2008)

Eucharistic Presider and Homilist,
Monday, June 8, 2015

The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S. J., bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California.  Bishop Barber is a licentiate in systematic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and formerly the Director of Spiritual Formation in the archdiocese of Boston and professor at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.  He is also a chaplain in the U. S. Naval Reserve.

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