Webinar - Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 2 | Michigan District, LCMS

Webinar - Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 2

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 01:30 pm EST

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Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 2

Part 1 - January 24

What effect does constant engagement with social media, often through our personal devices, have on faith formation? What are the challenges for faith formation in the Age of the Selfie? This webinar will explore the nature of how social media and personal devices influence our lives in ways that deeply affect our faith. Part 2 will focus on the spiritual aims toward which we are directed as we engage on social media. It will also explore the effects of and motivations for constantly engaging our personal devices.

Key Takeaways:

  • The hidden goals toward which we are aimed through our use of social media and personal devices. This will be characterized using the language of ritual and liturgy to give a sense that our use of these things has a religious nature, to the extent that it is creating a competing paradigm with the Christianity we claim.

  • The spiritual vice that is unintentionally practiced through constant engagement with social media and personal devices.

  • Strategies for engaging social media and using our personal devices otherwise, especially in ways that promote healthy spirituality and deeper relationships.

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Dr. Chad Lakies

Assistant Professor of Theology
Concordia University, Portland, OR

Topic: "The effects of social media and devices on our personal (and spiritual) relationships and some ideas for recovering them."

Chad's work explores the intersection of faith and culture. His doctoral dissertation argued that the church is culturally captive in a variety of ways, then points toward a solution for recovering practices that more faithfully embody the biblical narrative. Chad has published journal articles that also take up various topics in the intersection of faith and culture. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Concordia University, Portland, OR.

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