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Faith Formation: We Need Creativity & Initiative

Sharing a few personal thoughts…

A particular challenge facing us is that a secular culture and its media is no longer either neutral or a partner in the transmission of Christian faith and morals. Our archdiocesan Church administration seeks to remedy this by a modification of a classroom or lecture approach to adult catechesis and continuing faith formation to an online and/or recorded format. This is understandable, because it is the easiest approach, and extends strained resources, but it may not be wholly effective given the widespread competition for the hearts and minds of believers. The basic change that we see in the archdiocesan effort in Washington is the increased reliance upon online resources. This is a good step, but will it be enough? Maybe we can do more than insert “talking heads” into pop-up video frames. For instance, skyping holds great promise in bringing people together in real time. We must also move away from stagnant webpages to dynamic-interactive pages. Many still treat the webpage like a piece of paper. This fails to respect the many applications and potential it holds. We must begin to think outside the proverbial box.