Spirituality in a Digital Age - DAY ONE

What are our sacred spaces?

“... spirituality is understood as the unique and personal response of individuals to all that calls them to integrity and transcendence.... [it] has something to do with the integration of all aspects of human life and experience.” - Schneiders

Encountering God in our world today....

“...the spiritual concept of grace goes beyond “information”and “events” into a realm of relational mystery that is at the heart of the way of knowing and teaching... In receiving spiritual grace we understand that we not only seek but are sought, that we not only know but are known, that we not only love but are loved. Indeed, it is because we are sought and known and loved by grace that we are capable of seeking and knowing and loving. The disciplines of spiritual formation aim finally at enlarging our capacity to receive this larger grace, a grace that is always reaching for us from the heart of love. It is a gift we cannot manipulate and command but for which we can only pray...”  - Palmer


Palmer: To teach

                          is to CREATE A SPACE

                                            in which obedience to truth is practiced.

Hess: The more DIVERSE the knowers,

                           the more ROBUST the knowing.

Digital spaces have contributed to massive changes in the ways we view




We used to see information as being protected by experts.


We used to see agency as CONSUMPTION.

We used to think we could 'inoculate' people against media...

    (what about learning how to CREATE? )


We (Those of us in multiple communities of privilege) used to think we could hide from racism...


                     (hetero)  sexism

the spirituality of creativity...

Questions Raised in Class Discussion:

  * What about the marketing of digital media? Isn't what we see being controlled by marketing interests? Might it be more faithful to "go off the grid"?

*  How does (should) digital media change the ways that we view authority in the church?   - In our politics?  

         (authority is built/earned, in relationship)

*   Might we gain a sense of entitlement from the "power to create" that our digital media gives us?  - That we know better than others?  

        (what is the news anymore? How do we access it?)

Towards Storytelling....

“Knowledge,” Emerson wrote, “is the knowing that we can not know.”

To grasp the importance of this, we first need to define these concepts as a ladder of understanding.

At its base is a piece of information, which simply tells us some basic fact about the world. Above that is knowledge — the understanding of how different bits of information fit together to reveal some truth about the world. Knowledge hinges on an act of correlation and interpretation. At the top is wisdom, which has a moral component — it is the application of information worth remembering and knowledgethat matters to understanding not only how the world works, but also how it should work. And that requires a moral framework of what should and shouldn’t matter, as well as an ideal of the world at its highest potentiality.

This is why the storyteller is all the more urgently valuable today.

-From Wisdom in the Age of Information...

We hold PARTICULARLY POWERFUL STORIES in our religious communities...
  ...that we are not fully making accessible, or putting to use.

                                                              What possibilities does digital media offer us?