[SPEAKER] Digital & Social Panel Discussion for @StrongerNetwork Conference

Yesterday I took part in this (50 minute) session, chaired by Matt Hogg, and in discussion with Emma Sijuwade and Igor Demba. The session was advertised as:

Hear from experts about how the digital landscape has changed over the last year and how as individuals and organisations we can make the most of the opportunity to connect with our client base, customers, or community for the Kingdom of God. Don’t miss a great discussion with thinkers and practitioners who will be able to us us level up our digital game.

You can watch the recording back here – an enjoyable chat, or look out for other future/past sessions at the conference.

*Decided it was a day to get out the pricey NHS wig – what you (hopefully) can’t tell is that about halfway through, the nausea started to roll in, and the wig started to feel really tight!

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[SPEAKER] Faith in a Digital Age @DallasSeminary

I’ve been invited by John Dyer to engage a small group of doctoral students at Dallas Theological Seminary with some insights into faith in a digital age, including some insights into the UK experience, and some of my experiences with cancer/faith/digital:

Faith in a digital age: Dallas Theological Seminary from Bex Lewis

[SPEAKER] Experimenting with #OpinionMinute on Tik-Tok

I’ve been playing around on Tik-Tok a bit this week, been thinking about this for months… As an academic, we’re encouraged to prepare, and think, and prepare some more, before committing to speaking/writing. Even my media work, which can be relatively ‘off the hoof’, I’ve got a good idea of the story, and have done some prep and reading. I’ve barely used Tik-Tok, so thought it would be a good space to experiment … although it then offers the option to share to Instagram, which I have set up to share to Facebook and Twitter, so that’s brought in some interesting stats.

For these videos, Tik-Tok has a limit of 60 seconds, so have to get whatever my thoughts are out within that time frame. I have a couple of ring-lights – this one is set on my desk and happens to be the right height, though I need to play around with how to set it up properly because only seem to get phone in one place. I have a second bendy ring light that can be shoved in a bag (for all those times we’re allowed out and about at the moment, ha ha ha).

Anyway, for these, at present, I know I have the minute (can see the timer counting down on my phone), I’ve generally thought a bit about what I might want to have an opinion on (I’m a trained historian, as my friend Justine said, we’re very well trained at sitting on the fence with authority (based upon evidence)), then doing just one take – which means I might not have time to say all I want … feels like a ‘fun’ experiment at the moment – we’ll see how long it remains fun/interesting, and has had a surprising amount of engagement – including reposts, responses with people saying that I have captured what they think, or encouraged them to think differently – already! I mean, I guess these topics are already near the top of my head so have been ‘rehearsed’ in other settings maybe.

So, here are the first 3 that I’ve done – next step is working out what app let’s me give written captions for the content – ‘Mix Captions’ did a half decent job when I tried with the third one – it’s one coin per second, with £4.99 buying you 60 minutes – but it did miss some bits out and I had to edit quite a bit. And I need to get better at tagging within the limitation of Tik-Tok captions!

@drbexl? original sound – Bex Lewis

Views: Tik-Tok: 282; Instagram: 403; Facebook: 622; Twitter: 511

@drbexlToday’s ##OpinionMinute on ##FamilyChristmas – thinking about ##cancer and ##covid? original sound – Bex Lewis

Views: Tik-Tok: 286; Instagram: 318; Facebook: 941; Twitter: 515

@drbexl? original sound – Bex Lewis

Views: Tik-Tok: 117; Instagram: 313; Facebook: 495; Twitter: 782


[SPEAKER] Talking about Hybrid Church, the Pandemic and Mission in a Digital Age, with @vahva, at #PremDAC20.

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:

Being One Church for #PremDAC20 from Bex Lewis

Hybridity and Mission for #PremDAC20 from Bex Lewis
We also promised to highlight some of the links in the presentation (and reserve the right to return back and add some more):

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).

An opportunity to contribute to research:

Have you been to a religious service during the pandemic? We want to hear from you. A major new research project at Manchester Metropolitan University is looking at how religious communities across the UK have adapted to the pandemic and its restrictions. The project examines the new ways that religious communities of all kinds are coming together in these difficult times and use those findings to help these communities build resilience for the future. To help us do this better, please take our survey Whether you’re a regular attender, a religious leader, or just come to the occasional wedding or funeral, we’d like to hear from you. It’s all at our website,  Please complete it and forward around the link. Thanks!


[SPEAKER] Online Church as Real Community with @premierdigi

I have just finished a webinar session within Premier Digital’s webinar series

and I love to share slides, so that people can listen and not scribble (if they wish):

Premier Digital: Online Church as Real Community from Bex Lewis

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