Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Several of My Recent Students Offer An Advent 2007 Podcast Series


VTS Press Release:

Alexandria, VA – Several Alumni of the Virginia Theological Seminary have launched Devo-to-Go for Advent, a collection of podcasts written and presented by clergy and lay people from throughout the country for the season preceding Christmas.

Contributors to this collection of digital meditations include co-creators the Rev. Lonnie Lacy (VTS ’06) and the Rev. Casey Shobe (‘06), the Rev. J. James Derkits (’06), the Rev. Susan Fawcett (’06), the Rev. Allison Liles (’06), the Rev. Eric Liles (’07), the Rev. Ryan Kuratko (’06), the Rev. Lauren Kuratko (’05), the Rev. Allen Pruitt (’07), and the Rev. Melody Shobe (’06). Devo-to-Go is available at www.ecmgsu.org/podcast.htm.

Devo-to-Go, a co-production of Cathedral Young Adults at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas and Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern University, is a series of digital meditations meant to help Christians move along their own spiritual journey toward the Light, to help people listen for how God might be speaking to them today.

“With the emergence of new technologies like iPods and other portable media players,” said the Rev. Lonnie Lacy (’06), assistant rector of Trinity Church in Statesboro, Georgia, “people are now more connected to the digital world than ever before. At the same time, they're increasingly isolated from God and one another. Devo-to-Go is our attempt to bridge the gap - to stage a meeting between the advent of personalized media and the Advent of the Christ who comes to make us one.”

Launched last Advent with great success, Devo-to-Go was followed by a Lenten series that gained a surprisingly large international following. Continued Lacy, “We think that such committed listenership points to a basic hunger on the part of many people for daily connection with God that is thoughtful, accessible, and relevant to their everyday lives.”

On January 23, 2008, Lacy and the Rev. Matthew Moretz will be leading a three-day continuing education conference at Virginia Seminary entitled Small Churches on the Web: Effective Evangelism in the Age of the Internet. The course will introduce participants to some basic principles of web page design, and to the many web technologies that are accessible to congregations, even those with limited resources. For more information about this course or to register, visit http://www.vts.edu/education/events/.

Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1823. Committed to a theology which is orthodox and open, Virginia Seminary prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. The Seminary currently represents more than 40 different dioceses and 9 different countries.


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