Affinity groups will be available during two different times as part of the eFormation 2017 online conference.

As part of these online meetings via the Zoom platform, interest groups will be able to gather together to discuss digital media for ministry within their context and also the eFormation workshops presented online.

The affinity groups for the June 6th all-online eFormation conference include:

12:30-1:30pm EST: Affinity group offering 1

4:00-5:00p EST: Affinity group offering 2

We are looking forward to our facilitators guiding discussion and holding space for conversations to happen!

Affinity Group Descriptions and Leaders

Formation The Formation group is a place to discuss the ways online tools & communication can enhance your formation programs.
Bill Campbell is the Executive Director of Forma, the Network for Christian Formation.

Adult Formation Dive deeper into the fantastic morning presentations: Keith Anderson’s “Digital-First Faith Formation” and Nurya Love Parish’s “Using Videos for Ministry,” which we’ll reflect upon and discuss.
Chris Yaw is the rector or St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, Michigan and the founder of ChurchNext, which produces online learning experiences that shape disciples.

Spanish speaking communities (in English and Spanish) This eFormation affinity group will gather those who serve in and minister to Spanish-speaking communities. The 12:30pm (EST) session will be conducted in English. The 4pm (EST) will be in Spanish.
Eduardo Rivera is the interim communications director in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Quakers This affinity group is for those in the Quaker community, coming together to discuss important communication and formation issues.
Kathleen Wooten is a convener of Quakers, both in-person and online. Follow her adventures on her blog: QuakerKathleen.

Spirituality Online What mindset do you need to adopt to create an online spiritual experience?
Jamie Coats works for the monks, the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist and helps with their online ministries.

Digital Storytelling Stories orient and inspire us; they shape our identities. How do we tell the stories of our faith in the digital space?
Lisa Brown is the Director of Digital Ministry for Membership Vision, a digital engagement company focusing on churches and their stories.

Communicators An opportunity for communicators in dioceses, congregations and organizations to discuss their work in the context of the conference offerings.
Melodie Woerman is Director of Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of
Kansas and serves as president of Episcopal Communicators. Jason Franklin is the Creative Director for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.

Open Session An affinity group where any and all are welcome.
Lisa Kimball is the Virginia Theological Seminary‘s Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning, the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership.

Make sure you register for eFormation 2017 so that way you can get reminders about the workshops and affinity gatherings!

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