By Jan Edmiston, DMin ‘01
I was listening to Daniel Goleman on TED Radio last weekend talking about the 21st Century generation’s unique developmental journeys. He said that we are witnessing the first generation of human beings who are learning empathy, conversation and compassion via social media. Or not.
What will it look like when a whole generation learns how to make friends, engage in conversation, navigate conflict, and date primarily via social media? We all know that it’s easier to be mean and trollish on social media than it is to be mean and trollish face-to-face. What if the next generations never learn how to connect up close and personal?
Goleman says: “Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.” Continue reading Stuff Church Offers (That the World Needs Right Now)
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning
Well, the debate about physical books vs. e-readers is on again. Recent articles about the pros and cons between books and digital books and “research-based” articles arguing the case against e-readers have cropped up, with passionate readers on either side of the argument. Then, there are those like me, who scratch their head about the assumption of a forced choice. For us, it’s not either-or.
Continue reading Books, Tablets, E-readers and Typewriters
By Dawn Martin Hyde, MDiv ‘12
Karl Barth said to read the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other. Well, these days we do both in one hand, on one device. A smart phone, a tablet, a laptop. One device to connect to the world, to each other, and to the divine.
I am a PCUSA pastor serving a church in San Francisco. For us, our first encounter with Christ is online. Without fail, each visitor who walks into our church found us on Yelp or through Google. One search for “evening worship” or “progressive theology” in San Francisco and there we are: Mission Bay Community Church. Continue reading There’s an APP for that!
By Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education
As mentioned in Preach This, Tweet That (Part I), Black Millennials find themselves in a peculiar socio-cultural predicament that renders them spiritually disjointed. Black youth have been suffering from a fatal prognosis for many decades and the iHomiletic is a recommended prescription for realigning Black youth and young adults with the Black Church. Continue reading Preach This, Tweet That (Part II): The iHomiletic™ How-to Guide
By Sarah F. Erickson, Director for Lifelong Learning
Thanks to the web, there’s a vast array of resources out there. Assessing how and what to use is a challenge. How do you curate your lists of resources and information, your “go-to” lists for planning learning events, worship, conducting program assessments, hiring, or writing effective proposals?
It’s a daunting task. According to this Industry Tap article, human knowledge is doubling every 13 months. By some forecasts, and thanks to the “internet of things,” information could soon double every 12 hours.
I don’t have a singular answer to these questions. But I have a 7-point approach (a perfect number!) and some of my current favorite resources to share.
Continue reading Resources for 21st Century Lifelong Learners