Webinar - Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 1 | Michigan District, LCMS

Webinar - Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 1

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 01:30 pm EST

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Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie – Part 1

Part 2 will be held February 5, 2018

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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 1 will focus significantly on describing various cultural practices and habits that intersect with Christian spirituality in ways that are often perceived as benign but in fact may be detrimental.

Key Takeaways:

  • Helpful statistics on the proliferation of social media and device usage for all demographics

  • Correlating social effects, such as depression, anxiety, declining civil discourse, increasing loneliness even in the midst of greater connections

  • Discussion of the challenges created in these circumstances to congregational and spiritual life.

  • Ideas for fostering better habits, especially when people are together in an embodied way.

Part 2 - February 5

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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."

Dr. Lakies' 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. Lakies 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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