Advent, Christmas and Epiphany time presents a unique opportunity--as well as a unique challenge--to provide hospitality to a wider group of seekers. What online tools can be used to make the yule times bright for members of your congregations and for the visitors to your church? GTS Digital Formation invites you to learn about online resources for hospitality this holiday season by joining the third webinar of the 2013-14 series Equipping Digital Saints. To be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the free webinar, Social Media, Hospitality & the Holiday Season, will explore tools to create an atmosphere of hospitality and welcome this holiday season.
GTS Digital Formation is The General Theological Seminary's initiative to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church appreciate the theological foundations and effectiveness of social media and digital technology for gospel proclamation and ministry. Leading the program is the Rev. Colin Chapman, GTS '12, Digital Missioner.
The 2013-14 GTS Digital Formation program includes the Equipping Digital Saints series consisting of six webinars and "Quick How To" videos posted monthly on GTS Digital Formation's YouTube channel. For October, Chapman has been teaching viewers, in less than four minutes, how to get sermons from the pulpit to SoundCloud, an online audio-sharing platform; click here to learn quickly. Additionally, Chapman is tweeting live during General Seminary's two named lectures this year, the Paddock Lectures and the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, both of which will address the interrelationship in the twenty-first century of digital technology and religion.
Here is the complete schedule of the 2013-14 GTS Digital Formation offerings:
Equipping Digital Saints: Thursday Webinars Six free, hour-long webinars on selected Thursday afternoons, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, examining both the technology and mission uses of social media and digital technology. The webinars will include opportunities for viewers to ask questions. For those who are not able to attend the webinars in real time, recordings will be posted soon after the original broadcast on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel.
September 19, 2013—Getting Past Unknowing: What is the “Cloud”? Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube. October 17, 2013—Digital Giving & Financial Stewardship Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.
December 5, 2013—Social Media, Hospitality & the Holiday Season - Click to register. January 16, 2014—To All Nations: Five Ways to Get the Message Out - Click to register. February 13, 2014—Go Forth: Mobile Apps for Ministry (iOS and Android) - Click to register. March 13, 2014—Transformation: The Evolution of Social Media & the Church Today - Click to register.
Digital Wisdom: Wednesday Quick How To'sTen "Quick How To" videos posted on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel on the first Wednesday of each month.
Scholarly Tweets Live Twitter coverage of General Seminary’s named lectures in 2013-14. To follow GTS Digital Formation on Twitter, click here.
OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age The Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality Presented by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston Author of Hope as Old as Fire and Cloud Walking Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
To learn more about GTS Digital Formation and its history, click here.