Cyberspace: New Frontier in Mission — 8th Mission Lecture Series

If you’re a religious educator, or a CLE or CL teacher, or a college theology instructor/professor, or a formator,or any faith-based tech-savvy trekker and you can ‘dig’ terms such as: Friendster…YM…online chatting…ICQ…internet…MSN Messenger…e-mails…Chikka…website…blogging…texting …SMS… MMS…GPRS…WAP…wi-fi…PDA…tablet…iPod… Then the 8th Mission Lecture Series is for YOU!

But if you cannot decipher some of these lingoes, then there’s nothing else we could surely say other than: The 8th Mission Lecture Series is DEFINITELY for YOU!!!

Let us navigate the evolving 21st century cyberspace culture, which can leave us groping in understanding the internet generation our kids, students and formandis. The 8th Mission Lecture Series, however, will be more than just an ‘orientation’ to the fascinating world of instantaneous global communication. In its entirety, it is a wake-up call so that we can synchronize our religious road-maps and faith perspectives with contemporary developments and explore the possibilities of a combined CYBER-ian and CHRIST-ian existence.

PROGRAMME
Sessions are from 8am-12 noon and 1:30-5pm
Registration on May 21 starts at 7:30 am

May 21
“Breaking Barriers/Cracking Codes: Cyberspace and Global Connectivity”
Eufracio C. Abaya, PhD Professor of Anthropology, University of the Philippines

Book-Launching
Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia
Edited by A. Brazal and A. Lizares Si
To be introduced by a short talk on “Cyberspace, Body and Gender”
Agnes M. Brazal, PhD/STD
Professor of Feminist Theology, MST
“CyberSex/Cyborgasms: Ethical Challenges”
Carlos Ronquillo, cssr, STD
Professor of Christian Sexual Ethics, MST

May 22
“Wired in Christ: The Church Online ? Ecclesiological Questions”
Emmanuel S. de Guzman, PhD
Professor of Theology of the Church
MST/St. Vincent School of Theology (SVST)

“Cyberspacing Popular Mission in the Philippines”
Nonong Fajardo, cm, PhD
Professor of Missiology, SVST
Dissertation on Web Missiology, Gregoriano, Rome

“Forming the Internet Generation: Religious, Seminarians, Youth”
Bro. Josemari Jimenez, fsc
Postulancy Director, De La Salle Brothers
High School Teacher and Principal, De La Salle Canlubang

This particular lecture series, which is addressed to religious educators, formators and IT professionals, aims to:

  • explore how new and instantaneous means of global communication (internet, cable TV, cellphones, etc.) are changing cultures and transforming ways of relating
  • discern the ethical, theological and missiological challenges in the use of new information technology
  • learn how to deal as religious educators and formators with the internet generation immersed in cyberculture

    Workshops are aimed at eliciting greater participation and contribution from the part of the audience.

    A certificate of attendance is given to participants who participated in at least 80% of the sessions.

    The fee for the entire series, inclusive of hand-outs, snacks and certificate, is PhP 1,150.00.

    Bring packed lunch or you may buy from school cafeteria/nearby fastfood restaurants.

    Ten percent discount (net, P1.035) is offered to participants who register and pay in full * on or before: April 30, 2007.

    Every group of five gets an early bird*, flat rate of P1,000 per participant

    Late registration fee of P100.00 will be charged starting May 16, 2007 (deadline of enrollment)

    REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:
    1. Submit one copy of the registration form to the Alumni & Development Office, MST PO Box 1323 Manila or via email at the mstalumni@yahoo.com cicmmstp@info.com.ph . Indicate whether you are paying directly to the MST Cashier or through the bank. Deadline for bank payments is May 16, 2007.

    2. When paying to the MST Cashier, submit a second completed form for assessment and settlement of accounts. Otherwise, deposit at BPI Family Bank, E. Rodriguez-Broadway. Accnt Name: Maryhill School of Theology, Accnt No. 6871-0008-22. Present the copy of the registration form on the first day of the symposium.

    3. Show official receipt/deposit slip to and/or claim conference kit from the specified booth on the first day of the symposium. Register your official name for the issuance of certificates. MST Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 11:45 noon Saturday For more information – Phone: (+63) (2) 7212695 / 7225043 Ms. Ria C. Perez, loc 147 mstalumni@yahoo.com cicmmstp@info.com.ph Dr. Agnes M. Brazal, loc 143 abrazal2001@yahoo.com

    Maryhill School of Theology In collaboration with St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
    62, 14th St., New Manila, Quezon City PO Box 1323, Manila, Philippines

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