i took part in a conference in austin in the run up to sxsw interactive exploring mobilefaith - how faith and practice can be animated, supported and enlivened with mobile technologies. it's a great question and always interesting to see how new media change a lot more than we initially expect. the highlight of the day ended up being texan bbq at rudy's after it was all over to unpack all the talks and talk about these changes more. we ended up discussing education, politics and religion in the new environment for quite some time!
i was last on and felt people had been sitting for a very long time but if anyone was there (or not) and is interested in the slides they are on slideshare here. i used some of the ideas i explored a while back in digimission if anyone remembers that. it was great to bump into paul soupiset again. he was sketchbooking notes which are simple but delightful.
there were a few good lines thrown out in the day - one of my favourites was that the bible should be thought of not as a piece of content but a piece of community...
if anyone wanted the piece i read on the network of christ it is here. it was actually part of a series where i was reflecting on clay shirky's brilliant book here comes everybody - see also posts on sharing and collaboration , i participate therefore i am and its a small world
to conclude the day i wrote a final piece of liturgy that went like this...
god of connection
your presence is always on
god of relations
to you we belong
god of community
you have called us friends
god of participation
your possibility never ends
send us out in the power of your spirit
on an adventure of the imagination
to join in where you already are
in the name of the Open Source
(thanks to karlie for the join in where you already are line which i 'borrowed' from here). it's about time i added some worship tricks so the #mobilefaith prayer is worship trick 18 series 4
I felt the benediction was inspired. It seemed to me that God was opening me to new creative possibility in bringing His truth into the culture I am surrounded by. Also, I am marinating in this: "Sin is the last truth told." simply incredible. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Dave Stewart | March 10, 2012 at 06:35 AM