Today, it’s the Premier Digital Conference. Normally, I would be meeting with 5-600+ other Christians in London to talk digital and church, followed by a swish awards ceremony. As with everybody else’s events this year, the event has had to go online – which in many ways is great – because my energy is poor – so this can be done in comfort from the sofa + an early night afterwards… and earlier this week already had 1000+ people signed up!
Rev Bryony Taylor and I are doing two sessions, a 10 minute keynote at 1.15pm, and a 30 minute breakout session on hybrid church and mission at 2.25pm. Our slides are here:
- Bex’s blogs about cancer
- Bex’s slidedecks
- Bex’s press articles
- Bryony’s blogs about COVID/church – lots of practical tips
- Deanna Thompson – Virtual Body of Christ
- Nick Baines – returning to church after the first lockdown
- Bryony ‘Stations of the Spirit’ video
- Robb Sutherland: the idea of pie
- Holy Pandemic meme group
- Miranda Threlfall-Holmes re communion online
- Pete Phillips: piece re church buildings
- Heidi Campbell: The distanced church
- Bex’s article in Surveillance and Society re being a Christian online
- Grove books: hybrid church
- Craig Philbrick – digital tools for discipleship
- Bex: legal sources of images (may need updating!)
- Premier Digital Church (FB Group)
- Church Comms Collective UK (FB group for UK church comms people)
- CPAS – Everybody Welcome Online (May 2020)
- CPAS Disciplekit
- Church of England Digital Labs
- Faith Online
Hopefully they’ll be lots more links shared on the hashtag today – there are so many resources online – there could be less reinvention of the wheel and people building on each other’s expertise within individual parishes (which maybe would give a bit more space to continue some of the digital work that has been accelerated this year).
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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.