The Princeton Theological Seminary’s 2001 Institute on Youth Ministry was titled “Proclaiming the Gospel in a Wired World.” While these lectures are now over a decade old, and the world is now more “wireless” than “wired,” these theological reflections on modern technology and globalization still have wisdom to impart.
Amy Scott Vaughn, Director of Leadership Development at Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry, writes: “Whether you laud the changes technology has brought or long for yesteryear, there is no denying that today’s wired world affects how we share the good news of Jesus Christ. Those who are engaged in ministry with youth are translators—charged with the daunting task of making connections for young people who are more familiar with gigabytes than with grace.”
Here’s a link the resources from that gathering: http://www.ptsem.edu/scvm/iym/index.aspx?hdr=7204&sn=1770&id=1775
The lectures are by Dr. Thomas M. Beaudoin, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University; Dr. Marva J. Dawn, internationally renowned theologian, author and lecturer; Dr. Richard Osmer, Professor of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary; and Katherine Paterson, author best known for children’s books and winner of two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards.
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