#MediaLit17 Chronicles 18: Digital Vocation

Our penultimate session is with the Rev Dr Joshua Mann and he wants to get us thinking about how we can plug in with some of the things of the last week into our sense of calling.

Vocation: an area of life to which God has called you to throw your energy

Digital Vocation is a bit of a misnomer, but it’s a helpful title. How can you use digital media (more, better, etc) in order to be more effective in fulfilling your vocation? Better might actually mean how do we avoid unhelpful forms of technology?

Technology is not Neutral

The medium is the message in a very real sense when it comes to the technological.

In the picture to the left you can see a ‘tube map’ of the roman road system. We reflected on how might the road as technology help the Romans? We noticed that it would help people who are on the network but what about those who aren’t on the network? There’s an economic disparity between the rural and the city, particularly with regard to infrastructure. There’s questions of capacity, and direct and indirect benefit to different people.

Cultivation and Kingdom

The idea of nurturing ourselves, our society and our world through technology. One challenge to this is how we handle climate change and the place of technology in the world within the context of God’s sovereignty. The language of cultivation isn’t just pruning and weeding, maintaining. Rather it’s the idea of creative agency, creating as we are created.

Sometimes it seems that the Mattean version of some stories are more well known so Josh read from Luke 12:

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

By thinking about the idea of cultivation and kingdom, the hope is to challenge us to think about how we can answer the questions posed by technology for our own sense of God’s calling in our lives.

It’s now time for Coffee before we return for our final session, dramatically titled: Digital Destinies.

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