Monday 5 December 2011, 1:15 p.m.
Elaine Rudolphi: Virtual Faith?! Spirituality in the times of the Internet
Christian presence, signs of hope
Lunchtime Conferences at the Chapel of the Resurrection 2011/12
In 2001 the first international conference on religion and the Internet was held in Denmark. Religion online has since developed in a multitude of facets. The Internet is first and foremost a technological tool, and its use depends largely on the motives and desires of its users and designers.
The Internet can promote both religious knowledge and practice. It is equally a social technology, helping people of shared faith to gather together, virtually. The Web has the capacity to connect persons from the same religious tradition who would normally be separated by geography, time or other limitations. It provides a new image of the global community of the faithful, a real “catholicity”. At the same time, the Internet has become a place to facilitate personal spiritual experiences and growth.
This conference will take the specific approach of Ignatian Spirituality and give you examples of how it is spelled out across the Web, giving special attention to the chances and limitations of these offers.
Elaine Rudolphi works at the Jesuit European Office in Brussels. She has a formation in Spiritual Direction and runs several websites promoting Ignatian Spirituality.
- Websites presentation
Christian Presence, Signs of the Resurrection is a public lecture series hosted by the Chapelle de la Résurrection in cooperation with the Jesuit European Social Centre.