Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media Practicum


The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2015 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, click here.

General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, to enhance their ministry or prayer, or to delve into a theological topic. They include alumni, faith leaders seeking ministerial development, people discerning new calls to ministry, people discovering a religious commitment, young and young-at-heart wishing to try graduate-level studies, and individuals seeking spiritual growth through learning. Especially during the summer months, when courses are designed in varying day/time formats to meet busy schedules and invite travel to New York City, General Learners can study alongside seminarians, gain familiarity with the Seminary's library, and experience the gift of theological education.


What does it mean to be present to each other as spiritual companions? How can the telephone, the web, social media, email, and Skype be used for spiritual encounter and community? What advantages do these media offer us in developing spiritual community, and how are they inadequate?

This course will explore the use of digital media in spiritual community and practice. During the first week of the course we will meet solely by digital means using video, Skype, teleconference, email, and Facebook, while the second week we will meet on campus. We will explore how we are present to each other through spiritual practices such as lectio divina, centering prayer, group spiritual direction, intercessory prayer, pastoral care, and worship in traditional formats, and experience such practices via digital means. We will examine how digital media enable us to create community in new and creative ways for the populations in our specific ministries.

This class will be useful to those who are interested in using digital media in ministry, as well as those who are not particularly attracted to digital media but would like to learn more about using digital media as a spiritual investigative tool. We will also explore the more troubling uses of digital media in our culture and the ways in which we may be called upon to lead and guide others in their use of digital media.

Adj. Prof. Lindsay Boyer. 2 credits. Two Weeks: Monday-Thursday, July 13-16 (meeting digitally), 7:00-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 20-23 (meeting on campus), 7:00-9:30 p.m. Additional digital hours will be determined by the professor.

To learn more and register, click here.