GTS Digital Formation on the “Cloud” – Next Webinar on September 19

DigitalFormationGTS Digital Formation invites you to learn more about the “Cloud” by joining the first webinar of the 2013-14 series Equipping Digital Saints. To be held on Thursday, September 19, from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time, the free webinar, Getting Past Unknowing: What is the “Cloud”?, will explore the basics of the “Cloud,” teach people how to access it better, and consider its theological implications.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Colin-Chapman1_high-rez_cropGTS Digital Formation is 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. Leading the program is the Rev. Colin Chapman, GTS ’12, Digital Missioner.

The “Cloud” is a way of storing digital content, which can be anything from emails to photographs taken with a digital camera that are posted on Facebook, from YouTube videos, such as the recording of this webinar, to songs on Spotify. The “Cloud” allows anyone with an Internet connection to access information that is contained in a network of computers and servers located around the world.

This webinar will the first of six free, hour-long webinars to be offered by GTS Digital Formation in this academic year. In addition to the Equipping Digital Saints series, the 2013-14 program will include “Quick How To” videos posted monthly on GTS Digital Formation’s YouTube channel. The first video in September explained Facebook privacy: Click here to view it. Also, Chapman will  be live tweeting during General Seminary’s two named lectures this year, the Paddock Lectures and the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, both of which will address the interrelationship, in the twenty-first century, of digital technology and religion.

Here is the complete schedule of the 2013-14 GTS Digital Formation offerings:

Digital Wisdom: Wednesday Quick How Tos
Ten quick “How To” videos posted on the on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning in September 2013.

Equipping Digital Saints: Thursday Webinars 
Six free, hour-long webinars on selected Thursday afternoons, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, examining both the technology and mission uses of social media and digital technology. The webinars will include opportunities for viewers to ask questions. For those who are not able to attend the webinars in real time, recordings will be posted soon after the original broadcast the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel.

September 19, 2013Getting Past Unknowing: What is the “Cloud”?
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October 17, 2013—Digital Giving & Financial Stewardship – Click here to register.
December 5, 2013Social Media, Hospitality & the Holiday Season – Click here to register.
January 16, 2014To All Nations: Five Ways to Get the Message Out – Click here to register.
February 13, 2014Go Forth: Mobile Apps for Ministry (iOS and Android) – Click here to register.
March 13, 2014Transformation: The Evolution of Social Media & the Church Today – Click here to register.

Scholarly Tweets
Live Twitter coverage of General Seminary’s two named lectures in 2013-14. To follow GTS Digital Formation on Twitter, click here.

Media, Meaning and Ministry in the Digital Reformation
The Paddock Lectures
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Drescher
Author of Tweet If You Heart Jesus and Click 2 Save
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age
The Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality
Presented by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
Author of Hope as Old as Fire and Cloud Walking
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about GTS Digital Formation, its history, click here.