This assignment by Angela Gorrell guides participants through a wide variety of Christian practices to engage over the course of a semester. Not all of the practices incorporate technology, but they are informed by the realities of seeking spiritual centeredness in the midst of digitally mediated (sometimes over-mediated) lives.
(4) Engage: Truth-telling
View this YouTube video and this TED talkFind a congregant in your church (or a staff member) or friend in your small group to discuss the following questions with. Choose someone you trust. However, please choose someone that is not your roommate or family member. This will probably take about 30 minutes. Consider offering the person coffee or tea or preparing a meal for them.
- Do Christians have a responsibility to truth-telling with regard to social injustice, systemic issues (racism etc.), and/or current events? If so, what should this sort of truth-telling look like online and offline?
- In her book Living into Community, Christine Pohl explains that truth-telling “should involve affirming what is right and good.” How can we affirm what is right and good online and offline?
- What does it mean to be truthful when engaging with social media and other forms of new media?
- How can we foster an honest presentation of self and truthful interaction with others online? How do we keep from being preoccupied with reputation management?
Some of the practices in this assignment are informed by faith-adjacent media artifacts, including the following:
Clint Smith, “The Danger of Silence”
Curtis Almquist SSJE, “Gratitude: Living Life as a Gift”