Joy and… judgement?

Lent has now begun.And it started for me, as it does for many Christians, by being marked with ash on my forehead in the sign of the cross. Memento Mori. Remember you are but dust, and to dust you shall return. It's a poignant reminder that over the centuries Lent has been a penitential time of …

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#MediaLit17 Chronicles 19: Digital Destinies

The final session, before the concluding devotions, is reflecting on the whole week. Karen has tweeted out a storify collection of the #MediaLit17 tweets on Twitter. We spent some time discussing in groups our reflections on the week. One group observed that it’s important we operate with discernment and a desire for balance. This was …

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#MediaLit17 Chronicles 15: Presentations — Part 2

We come to the second slot of presentations! Briefly, we had presentations on: Consuming and responding to the Media: Given that Jeremy Corbyn did better than expected, is it fair to say that the power of the media is finally over? Heard about the recent terror attacks through social media. The Church of England often …

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#MediaLit17 Chronicles 14: Entertainment

We turn now to Cranmer Hall’s own Kate Bruce who is leading a session engaging with the Theology of Entertainment. We started by thinking about those occasions where we have encountered something of God in entertainment and then wondered what the positives of associating with theology and entertainment. Theology shouldn’t just be solemn and grim, …

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#MediaLit17 Chronicles 5: Could AI have souls?

The afternoon session concluded after having talked through a variety of different practical solutions for using technology in church or for podcasting and vlogging. Then we transitioned into evening prayer, done via the Church of England app or website. There was also the option to tweet a prayer if wanted during this. I tweeted this: …

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#MediaLit17 Chronicles 2: Theomedia

Andy Byers has been giving a passionate presentation on the idea of Media and the role it plays in influencing us (with some interesting diagrammatic presentations of the weight of influences across different christian traditions). He’s written a book, Theomedia, which seems to be the basis of this session. Theomedia on AmazonThis has been shaped by …

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