Webinar access returns to e-Formation
Webinar access returns to e-Formation

Sound equipment

We are once again offering live webinar access to the e-Formation Conference for those who can’t join us in Alexandria. This year’s webinar access will be significantly expanded:

  • participation in all three days of the conference
  • technology upgrades for improved user experience

Below is the tenative schedule. Individual workshop selections are subject to change, but the plenary sessions are fixed. We will announce possible availability of individual workshop recordings after the event, but we cannot guarantee digital access to e-Formation content except through live webinar participation.

Registration costs $75 and is available here.

Image credit: Podcasting gear by Stephan Ridgway via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Monday, June 2

9 a.m. – Opening Session

10:30 a.m. – Stealth Christian Formation – Tim Schenck

Was your recent 27-part series on Deuteronomic Law poorly attended? Do you wish more people took advantage of education opportunities at your parish? You can keep teaching to the choir but how do we reach the people who don’t “do” classes? Come learn how Lent Madness brought Lenten discipline, knowledge of the saints, and spiritual growth to the masses and how this model can work for you.

The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA, is a priest, author, syndicated columnist, blogger, and creator of the wildly popular online devotional Lent Madness. He is the author of  What Size Are God’s Shoes: Kids, Chaos, and the Spiritual Life (Morehouse) and Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos. Tim blogs at Clergy Family Confidential and is active on social media. You can follow him on Twitter @FatherTim where you’ll encounter a blend of inspiration, humor, and snark (not necessarily in that order). Tim lives in the St. John’s rectory with his wife, two teenage sons, a dog, and pet ferret named Mimi.

1:30 p.m. – Expanding the Circle: Hybrid networks for in-person/at-home small group learning ‒ Kyle Oliver & Lisa Kimball

Are your regular faith formation offerings reaching the same well-formed parishioners but missing countless others who acknowledge their curiosity or hunger but cannot or will not commit to weekly in-person meetings? Come hear about a group of parishes who have been supplementing periodic in-person gatherings with weekly activities and conversation online. We will send you home with a set of content ideas, guidelines for recruiting, technology tips, and data for helping convince the rector and other leaders that this is a ministry model whose time has come.

Kyle Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is a content developer for the e-Formation Conference (eformationvts.org) and curates faith formation resources, models, and stories for multiple websites, including the CMT’s Key Resources.

Lisa Kimball holds a PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership and Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to this she was a member of the faculty in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota with dual appointments in the School of Social Work (Youth Studies) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Before assuming an academic career, Lisa spent 20 years serving on the staff of five congregations and two dioceses in California and Minnesota. In addition to writing for books and journals, she maintains a regular schedule of national consulting, conference presenting, and teaching in youth ministry, evangelism, congregational and leadership development.

4 p.m. ‒ Curating Faith Formation: Digital Content for Bible, Theology, Spirituality, and More – Sharon Ely Pearson & John Roberto

With an abundance of content in all forms—print, audio, video, digital—faith formation leaders are learning to become curators of religious content and experiences—researching, grouping, evaluating, organizing, and delivering the best and most relevant content and experiences to address the life issues and concerns, religious and spiritual needs of people in their congregation. Learn the process and skills for becoming a curator and how to find the best faith formation resources.

Sharon Ely Pearson serves an editor and in book acquisitions at Church Publishing, where she has served as the Christian Formation Specialist with a specialty in curriculum and resources. She is the co- author of The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education (3rd edition) and author of numerous articles in a variety of journals. Her blog is RowsofSharon.com.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates has designed curriculum and faith formation resources for youth, young adults, adults, families, and intergenerational groupings. He teaches a 3-day course on 21st century faith formation across the country. His latest books are Generations Together (2014) and Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2014).

7:30 p.m. ‒ Animating Scripture – Sarah Lefton, founder of G-dcast

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.

Tuesday, June 3

9 a.m. – General Session: An Honest Conversation with Meredith Gould

Meredith Gould

Meredith Gould, PhD (@meredithgould) is a sociologist, author and longtime communications professional. An early adopter of social media, she’s known for being an exuberant evangelist for using digital tools for ministry. Dr. Gould is founder of the weekly Twitter-based #ChSocM (church social media) chat. She has nine published books including The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church, Faith Today, and her latest book, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. An independent consultant since 1989, she provides counsel and training as well as hands-on fix-it services to local churches and judicatories across denominations. (www.meredithgould.com)

10:30 a.m. – Digital Storytelling & Tools ‒ Colin Chapman

1:30 p.m. – Virtual Formation: Web-Based Conferencing and Streaming – Julie Lytle

Faith formation occurs when we make connections between God’s Story and our own, yet many are finding it increasingly difficult to meet physically. Fortunately, there are new technologies that enable us to stay connected! Churches, schools and committed individuals are getting in on the action using cell phones, tablets and computers to facilitate virtual connections. This workshop will identify some virtual formation resources, survey the options for video-conferencing and streaming (including Sykpe, Google+ Hangouts, and Adobe Connect) and provide a guide for how to determine which to use for interpersonal sharing, small group discussions, distributive learning, or giving visitors a glimpse of what your church is up to.

Dr. Julie Anne Lytle is a digital evangelist, theological educator, media consultant, and author of Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age. Her dream is a distributive learning network where we offer the resources we have and gain the wisdom we need with one another using commonly available technologies.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Province I, she is working with Claremont School of Theology to develop courses and launch two hybrid degrees in the fall (MDiv and MA in Ministry, Leadership and Service) using her mantra “Message, Method, then Media.”

4 p.m. ‒ How to create a “real” community using the tools of digital social media ‒ Alfredo Feregrino

This workshop will guide you through situations and experiences of a Mission Developer and his use of digital social media as he develops a Bicultural-Bilingual Latino-Anglo urban ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. We will discuss various combinations of social media platforms and will analyze which tools will be most effective at reaching people and nurturing their faith. We will also look at how to present yourself and your ministry with the goal of creating your own Christian community.

The Rev. Alfredo Feregrino was ordained as an Episcopal Priest on June 13, 2013. He obtained the Master of Divinity at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. He is originally from Mexico City, Spanish being his first language, and he came to Seattle in 1992. He is the ministry developer for Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church in Seattle.

7:30 p.m. ‒ Stories of Faith, Technology, Race & Parenting – Bruce Reyes-Chow, speaker and author

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.

Wednesday, June 4

9 a.m. ‒ General Session Presentation: The Future of e-Formation – Lisa & team

10:30 a.m. ‒ Webinar-only Application Workshop: Putting Our Learning into Practice – Kyle Oliver

12 p.m. ‒ Closing General Session: Mini-Presentations by Participants


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