GTS Digital Formation, The General Theological Seminary's initiative to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church appreciate the theological foundations and effectiveness of social media and digital technology for gospel proclamation and ministry, is pleased to announce its 2013-14 program. Leading the program will be the Rev. Colin Chapman, GTS '12, who will serve as Digital Missioner.
The program will include free webinars on various aspects of social media, "quick tip" videos posted on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel, and live Twitter coverage of the Seminary's named lectures in 2013-14, especially those which address topics relating to the Church in the digital age.
Chapman co-founded GTS Digital Formation with the Rev. Joseph P. Peters-Mathews, GTS '12. They have hosted webinars on such topics as QR Codes: In and Around the Church and Skype and Spiritual Direction, and created YouTube quick tips on, for example, setting up a church as a Foursquare location. They also created a splash at The Episcopal Church's General Convention held in July 2012 with a booth featuring the Seminary's state-of-the-art technology for connection-making. There, they made name-badge stickers with QR codes for convention delegates, displayed a live Twitter feed on an interactive whiteboard using The Episcopal Church's #GC77 hashtag, and gathered people for conversation about the theological implications and formative aspects of social media and digital technology.