e-Formation evening speakers: Sarah Lefton, Bruce Reyes-Chow
e-Formation evening speakers: Sarah Lefton, Bruce Reyes-Chow

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A new feature at this year’s e-Formation Conference is two public, evening presentations by respected faith leaders known for their innovation and tech savvy. These sessions will take place in the Lettie Pate Evans Interim Chapel in the Addison Academic Center at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Here’s some info about our speakers. Those attending the conference during the day receive complimentary admission. Tickets for the general public cost $10 and are available here.

Animating Scripture – Sarah Lefton, founder of G-dcast

Monday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.

G-dcast's Sarah Lefton

Sarah will share her story of going from religious illiterate to prizewinning Jewish educator through a unique journey involving cartoons and a cobbled together team of teachers that were her friends from the arts world. How can G-dcast’s founding story inspire us along our own learning journeys? Sarah will bring insights from the filmmaking and game design processes to help us as educators and leaders bring today’s digitally distracted students into the tradition of text study that Jews and Christians hold so dear.

Sarah Lefton is the founding Director of G-dcast, a new media production company that the press calls “the Schoolhouse Rock for Jews.” A grad of NYU’s infamous Interactive Telecommunications Program, Sarah produced early online experiments for The New York Times, the Village Voice, Princess Cruises, and several robotics startups before dropping out to bring her technology and storytelling skills to bear in the nonprofit world.\

At G-dcast, Sarah has produced over 70 short films and 7 mobile apps that have been featured on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal, and at CNN.com. She is a recipient of the Pomegranate Prize for exceptional educators, a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs, and was named one of the “Forward 50″ most influential Jews by the Forward newspaper.

Stories of Faith, Technology, Race & Parenting – Bruce Reyes-Chow, speaker and author

Tuesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Spend an evening with Bruce Reyes-Chow, San Franciscan, Gen X, Asian American, blogger, pastor, and parent of three daughters, as he shares awkward, painful, and transformative stories of faith, technology, race, and parenting. Bruce is one who believes that life and faith should be approached with a posture of nuanced thinking, excruciating graciousness, and much laughter, so be prepared to laugh a bit, shed a tear, learn a tech trick or two … yes, it may even be better than Cats. Bring your devices to tweet, your questions to ask, and your hearts and minds open to where the Spirit may lead.

Bruce Reyes-Chow is a San Francisco-based writer, speaker, coach, and Presbyterian minister. He is the author of two books, The Difinitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in Church and But I don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race and is in the process of completing his third book, Craptastic, a humorous memoir.

Bruce teaches social media and technology courses in a variety of contexts and is a Senior Consultant at the Center for Progressive Renewal. Bruce has pastored congregations for nearly 20 years and was the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, a church of young, progressive Presbyterians. You can connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks. Visit his blog at reyes-chow.com.

We’re so excited to host Sarah and Bruce at this year’s conference. We hope to see you there!

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The Center for the Ministry of Teaching (@VTS_CMT) curates faith formation resources for dioceses, congregations, and schools in the Episcopal Church and beyond.

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