Teaching Media Literacy Across Cultures: A Missiological Approach
Margunn Serigstad Dahle
A plurality of media technologies and media messages are increasingly shaping our everyday lives. This is becoming a key global challenge for mission and discipleship, resulting in an urgent need for relevant teaching and contextual educational resources. Based on wide experience from a variety of cultural contexts, this lecture proposes a missiological approach for teaching media literacy, analysis and critique across cultures.
The Internet: The New Gospel Highway
Lord Robert Edmiston
Jesus commanded us to 'go' and throughout the centuries Christians have gone on foot, on horseback, by land and by sea. They have taken the spoken word, the written word, the printed word, and in more recent times used radio and TV to fulfil His command. Now a new global network exists that is accessible to everyone: the internet. Most churches use the web to provide information about their services and events, but many have not grasped the opportunity for global evangelism that it presents. How can we strategically communicate the Gospel on today’s pathway?
The Prophets in a Media World
This session will explore the relationship between the biblical prophets and today’s media world by exploring themes which are central to both. These include truth, justice, values, relationships within society, and right foundations for life. These are issues with which journalists, as well as filmmakers, writers, and other creatives regularly engage, and which fuel heated debates within social media. We will consider how both the biblical prophets and the contemporary media prompt people to reflect on their current reality and present alternative possible futures. This leads to some final reflections on how the biblical prophets can serve as role models for communicating truth in today's media world.
Communicating Biblical Truth to a Secular Culture through the Media with Clarity, Creativity, and Confidence
In today’s global cyber-village stories on issues at the interface of Christianity and culture generate a huge amount of media interest and publicity. This creates great opportunities to impart a Christian worldview perspective for those who are willing to take the necessary risks and seize the opportunities on offer. It is essential that a Christian view is heard clearly and is able to shape media dialogue and public policy and yet many Christians seem reluctant to put their heads above the parapet and speak out. Responding effectively to these opportunities requires courage, planning, monitoring, wisdom and grace. Training can help but the best way of learning is to get involved and learn on the job. Based on extensive experience in the UK campaigning and speaking on issues at the interface of Christianity and medicine this seminar will examine how to get involved with attention to messaging, media training, consultancy, delivery and use of social media.
Strategic Lessons Learned in Media Communication from the Global Church
Rudolf Kabutz and Finny Philip
How will the future direction of media communication equip and enable the Global Church to have an impact on society? While media is becoming increasingly automated through the use of robotic algorithms that shape the consumption of media and the generation, the human relational aspect of media may be reduced. How will media communicators and church leaders be able to complement each other by utilising the media to share each other’s stories, interacting with each other, and learning to relate to God? What insights from our past experiences in media communications can equip us for equipping the church of the future? And how does a global perspective of the Church shape expectations in media communications?
Media and the Other
Andrea Zaki Stephanous
The advent of the internet, the wide spread use of social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and the ability for people to interact with the media directly has changed the role of the media dramatically over the course of the past 20 years. This change has allowed the media to serve purposes it had never served in the past, including defining key issues and serving as a platform for advocacy as well as isolating other regions and topics from mainstream culture. In this session we will consider the role media service in these elements, with particular focus on the non-Muslim “other” in the Middle East and creating pluralistic societies.
The Theology of Daredevil, Batman, and the X-Men: Engaging Secular Society with Modern Mythology
People need stories to make sense of life. Sometimes these stories or myths are true and other times they are fabrications or caricatures of reality. The people of old used myths and spiritual folktales for entertainment, and then these evolved into narratives to give coherence to the world they inhabited. Fyodor Dostoevsky said it best; "At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts." Today these myths are told in many forms with the most popular form being that of superheroes: Superman, the Avengers, and Spiderman to name a few. Man has, in Aldous Huxley’s words, “an infinite appetite for distraction.” The secular world does not want or need God in their lives, or at least that is what they think. This talk will discuss effective ways to engage this secular culture using the modern mythos of superheroes.
Lars Dahle and Margunn Serigstad Dahle
In the final session of the Network, participants will be able to share their work, discuss the challenges they face, and plan to implement the lessons learned from the week.