eFormation 21: Dwelling Places for God, will take place online July 13th-15th, 2021. This conference – designed to optimize learning, minimize fatigue, and renew our spirits – will feature keynote speakers, a workshop track, and the opportunity to engage in focused small groups with digital ministry peers. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more!
Join us for a robust engagement of what it means to be Dwelling Places for God, online, in pews, and in our communities. After a year of forced migration to all-digital platforms and programming, do we see the work of digital ministry differently? Each day of eFormation21 will include a keynote speaker, time for group reflection, workshops, and affinity group time. We are looking forward to being with you!
Tuesday: Dr. Heidi Campbell, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Dr. Campbell’s research focuses on the intersection of digital and mobile media, religion and digital cultures. Her expertise is in the social shaping of technologies approach and Digital Religion studies related to how religious groups negotiate their use of new technologies. Her research focuses on how religion is translated and transformed by digital cultures and the influence of digital and mobile technologies on Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. She is Professor of Communication, affiliate faculty in Religious Studies, a Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M and director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. She is also co-editor of the Routledge’s Studies in Religion and Digital Culture book series and on the editorial board of the Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, New Media & Society, the Journal of Media, Religion & Digital Culture and Ecclesiology & Ethnography.
Wednesday: Rev. Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
The Reverend Dr. Sam Wells has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields since 2012. He has served as a parish priest for 20 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel.
Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College. He is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He has published 35 books, including works on Christian ethics, mission, ministry, scripture, liturgy, and preaching. Sam is married to Jo Wells, who is Bishop of Dorking. They have two children.
Thursday: The Hon. Rev. Kim Jackson, Vicar at the Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta and State Senator, GA41
The Rev. Kim Jackson serves as vicar at the Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta’s downtown street church that intentionally strives to build community and care for the spiritual needs of the homeless. Jackson, the first black LGBTQ+ person ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta represents Georgia District 41 in the Georgia State Senate.