online | june 3

Fourth annual all-day, all-online conference

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This online event reflects over six years of the eFormation learning community providing a space for leaders to grow and experiment with digital media for ministry practical tools and resources. eFormation provides relevant, forward-thinking, and vocation-grounded workshops and connections.

Ministry leaders will discuss practical resources as well as future-forward initiatives. This all-day, all-online conference will also feature opportunities for prayer and small groups throughout the day. Join us for this innovative way to form connections!

The Rev. Keith Anderson

Run and Do Not Grow Weary: Acknowledging and Managing Digital Fatigue 

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced congregations to shift their ministries online and ministry leaders to become video conferencing hosts, webmasters, social media curators, media producers, and more. How can ministry leaders, who very well may have been experiencing digital fatigue before this pandemic, sustain themselves in this time? As we begin our day together, Keith Anderson will help us acknowledge our digital fatigue, offer practical advice for managing our relationship to digital technologies, and strategies for avoiding digital burnout.

The Reverend Keith Anderson is the pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save Reboot: The Digital Ministry Bible, the second edition of their popular book on digital ministry (Church Publishing 2018). Keith also serves as the Associate for Digital Content at Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary.  

The Never Ending Story: How church tech can rebrand us.

During this 30 minute talk Crystal Cheatham will discuss social trends as seen behind the dashboard of an app developer. Let’s get into the weeds about personal story and how tech can help us discover who we are as progressive Christians.

Crystal Cheatham (she/hers) received her MFA from Antioch University. She is an LGBTQ rights activist with a focus on religious liberty. Since 2011 Crystal has worked simultaneously as a ghostwriter and queer rights activist with groups such as Soulforce and the Attic Youth Center. As an entrepreneur Crystal is the founder of two projects: Our Bible App and The IDentity Kit, both of which provided resources for marginalized communities of faith. As an outspoken activist she has written for The Huffington Post on the intersections of faith and sexual identity, a faith and spirituality column for the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, sat on the steering committee of the HRC as the Faith & Spirituality chair, and partnered with Equality PA to influence clergy to support non-discrimination legislation. She is the host of Lord Have Mercy, a podcast about God, sex and the Bible, and has been featured in TeenVogue, Autostraddle, and LGBTQNation amongst others. Contact Crystal at Crystal@ourbibleapp.com.

Crystal Cheatham
The Rev. Dr. David Peters

The Good News According to Tiktok: From Renegade to Redemption

As the popularity of Tiktok soars among youth, and not a few olds, it gives Christians a platform to share their faith with many people who know very little about our Episcopal religious tradition. As the Tiktok Priest, David will share with you why he is on Tiktok, and give you some ideas on how to get started.

Fr. David served as an enlisted Marine and Army chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005-2006. His experiences in Iraq and the founding of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship is told here by NPR’s John Burnett. David is a graduate of Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, (M.Div), Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC (D.Min) and The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest (MAR), where he has taught classes as an adjunct instructor. David is a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Pflugerville Rotary, and is a Board Certified Chaplain. His books, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War, Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares For People Who Have Been to Hell and Back,and Christ Walk Crushed with Anna Courie describe his own path to healing after war, a path he regularly invites his fellow veterans to consider. David blogs for the Huffington Post, Oxford University Press, and hosts two podcasts, the Dear Padre Podcast and a serial story, The Ermenfrid Penitential. David loves ultra running, social bicycling, and dark chocolate. He is married to the talented Sarah Bancroft and has three sons. Connect with him on Twitter @dvdpeters, Instagram @david_w_peters or Facebook

The Expanded Table: Ideas for an Hybridized Worship Experience between people on Zoom and people in person

Bruce is an author, speaker, parent, consultant, coach, podcaster, and pastor. He speaks and writes on issues of faith, technology, race, parenting, and church culture. He is currently the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Senior Consultant with the Center for Progressive Renewal, and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. For 30 years he and his wife lived in San Francisco where they raised three children and numerous canines. In 2019 he and his family moved to Palo Alto, CA to become the Pastor of First Presbyterian Chuch of Palo Alto. He is an avid USNWT soccer fan and lifelong supporter of the Oakland A’s. Additionally, photography feeds his soul, afternoon naps are non-negotiable, and he likes food. He has an active online presence and can be found on most social networks via @breyeschow.

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Reyes-Chow
Ellie Singer

You Too Can YouTube: The Second Largest Social Network

Ellie runs “Common Prayer,” a YouTube vlog channel, in partnership with TryTank. She encourages you to visit the channel and see what it’s all about! Ellie is also Social Media and Multimedia Specialist at the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, where she works with church leaders to expand their virtual community, produces audio and video, and runs a variety of social media accounts. As a gen-Z Episcopalian, she is interested in bridging generational divides, energizing the church into action, and following the Holy Spirit wherever we’re headed. Follow her on Twitter at @elliegsing.

Searching for God with Google: Forming faith through questions

Digital technologies like search engines have made us accustomed to learning through questions. In this session, author Ryan Panzer describes the intersection of search technology, questions, and faith formation. We look at three techniques for making space for questions in your ministry, and explore how you can use technology to facilitate faith-based questions in your community.

Ryan Panzer (M.A., Luther Seminary) is a learning and leadership development professional in the technology industry. A student of digital media and its influence on our lives, he is a writer and speaker on the intersection of faith and technology. His book Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture (Fortress Press) comes out on September 1st. He lives in Madison, WI. For more on the book and other resources, visit www.ryanpanzer.com.

Ryan Panzer
Sandy Milien

Our Stories Speak of God- The Power of StorySharing

During this presentation, we’ll have the opportunity to learn of the power of storysharing in our own stories and the stories of others. We’ll look at resources available that can help us share and reflect on the many ways we’ve experienced God’s presence, and how we can begin to make storysharing our way of life.

Sandy Milien is a young and driven Afrolatina, passionate about social justice and the calling of The Episcopal Church to empower youth and young adults to be leaders in their communities. She is currently the Co-host of The Way of Love podcast with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as well as project lead for the Episcopal Church Beloved Community StorySharing Campaign. This evangelism initiative that seeks to help and equip faith communities and individuals to share and receive stories of faith, race and difference to become agents of healing and reconciliation in their churches and their communities. Sandy lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she works as the Diocesan Missioner for Community Engagement and Assistant to the Bishop. In her free time, you can find Sandy reading, dancing or spending time with family and friends.

Media Mindfulness for a Digital Age

What does it mean to live our faith in this digital age? What are the promises and challenges of today’s pop culture’s content and technologies? How is a Christian to navigate this culture? Mindfully! Learn the skills of media literacy through a media mindfulness methodology and how they can help you discern and enhance all your media experiences and teach others to do the same.

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is a Daughter of St Paul, #MediaNuns, and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist, an international speaker, theologian, writer, film reviewer and pop culture blogger for bemediamindful.org and CatholicMom.com, with degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her award-winning book entitled, A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics is a theology of popular culture. She’s an avid social media enthusiast and can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Sr. Nancy Usselmann

Our Chaplains

Cara Modisett and Terry Jon Stokes will be guiding our community through opening, mid-day, and closing prayers. They will be grounding our very full-day with innovative, inclusive worship!

 

Cara Modisett
Terry Jon Stokes

Ready to learn from this amazing group of digital leaders?