Or, I hope so. It sounds promising. At least they are asking the question. Weâ€™ll have to see what the conversation brings.
Interesting that this is happening; Iâ€™ve been looking allover for people excited/energized by Social Media/New Media/â€online faithâ€ that are NOT solely entranced by the â€œevangelism/get â€œthe message out thereâ€ aspect; this to me seems to ignore the McLuhan insight that â€œthe medium is the messageâ€ â€“ the idea that theology and how it is â€œconceivedâ€ and â€œthoughtâ€ and â€œarticulatedâ€ is somehow unaffected by the channels by which it comes and goes.
Hence the urgent need for a conference to empower pastors, laypeople, and the up-and-coming theologians of the next generation to do â€œtheology after Google,â€ theology for a Google-shaped world. Thanks to the Ford funding, weâ€™ve been able to assemble a stellar team of cultural creatives and experts in the new modes of communication. We are also inviting a selection of senior theologians, and well as some of the younger theologians (call them â€œtheobloggersâ€) whose use of the new media (blogging, podcasts, YouTube posts) is already earning them large followings and high levels of influence. For two and a half days, in workshops and in hands-on sessions, in lectures and over drinks, these leading figures will be at your disposal to teach you everything they know.
Of course, this conference frustrates me that it is in California. Not exactly the most accessible place for those of us East of the Mississippi.
Nevertheless, Iâ€™ll be watching whatever is â€œput out thereâ€ on all the available channels.