OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age
Presented by Bishop Steven Charleston
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00pm
What defines spirituality in an age of digital communication? What defines community in a global culture of information villages?
The technological parameters of post-modern networking are expanding exponentially. They are re-shaping and re-defining what we understand as the context for spirituality.
In 2011, Bishop Steven Charleston began testing a simple spiritual exercise. Each morning he compresses a single spiritual thought into a few concise words and posts them on Facebook, the largest social network in human history.
The result has been the development of a unique spiritual community: an inter-religious, international congregation of people from many distinctive backgrounds, all linked by a shared response to a spiritual vision that is both pragmatic and poetic. When he began offering this spirituality Bishop Charleston had four people who were part of his circle of contact. Today there are thousands, and still growing.
Bishop Charleston will speak about his experience in creating this new form of spiritual community and how it may tell us something about the evolution of faith into the far horizons of both the human spirit and human technology.
Bishop Charleston is a Native American elder from the Choctaw Nation, a Bishop in The Episcopal Church, and the founder of Red Moon Publications. Thousands read his spiritual meditations posted daily on Facebook, some of which have been collected in his two books, Hope as Old as Fire and Cloud Walking, widely acclaimed for their deep spiritual vision and for their ability to bring people of widely different faith journeys together. He also is author of the newly published novel The Bishop of Mars.
He has served as the national director for Native American ministries in The Episcopal Church, the Bishop of Alaska, and the President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School. Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Native American Theology at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University.
When & Where
The General Theological Seminary
The General Theological Seminary, located in New York City, educates and forms transformational leaders for the church and the world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of The Episcopal Church, General embodies the belief that rigorous academics, vibrant worship and beloved life in community, and practical experience in the real world are inseparable aspects of formation for all ministries of Christ's church.