Church & Digital Media
Experience and Reflection
Webinar (in Dutch) on 8 September 2020
The lockdown digitalized a large part of our social and professional life. Even church meetings were no longer possible: baptisms, communions and marriages were postponed. In order to avoid a complete standstill, parish life also took a digital turn; in Easter time, various parishes were taking the initiative to develop live streams and videos for everyone who wanted to join in to pray and celebrate.
After six months we take stock: are these ad hoc initiatives worth keeping? How did parishes experience their online presence? Has this situation of crisis changed their view of media use? Which difficulties did they meet? What did they learn for the future of parish life?
Philip Debruyne sj (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Leliëndaalkerk Mechelen) en Bart Paepen (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal Antwerpen) are experts by experience in the field of digital liturgy and pastoral care. During the lockdown they developed their own offering in their respective parishes. In this webinar they testify about the possibilities and limitations of being a digital church; an exciting conversation about the practical and theological consequences of online liturgy, sacraments and pastoral care.