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What is MediaLit?

A five day training course at St John's College, Durham University offering the very best of theological reflection, academic interaction and practical training on digital culture, communications and media for those engaged in Christian ministry at any level.

MediaLit is open to anyone interested in engaging with the media – mass media, broadcast media, social media, community media. It’s about getting you equipped to work with media professionals to convey good news to your community. You don’t need to be a media specialist, or a technology geek to join the course. Come along, engage in the discussions, join in the activities, learn something new!

CODEC will be holding its seventh MediaLit training course from 13th to 17th June 2016 exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

This year we have the awesome Kate Bottley coming to help us explore her ministry in and through the media. We will be holding a special public event in Durham Town Hall on Thursday evening called KateSquared, including Revd Kate Bruce and Ivor Pop who describes his music as "musica frizzante".

Previous MediaLit courses, held annually since 2010 (see 'Related Links'), have been greatly valued by the participants – ministerial students/ordinands, ministers, media professionals, diocesan and district communications officers.

Speakers for 2016:

Rev Kate Bottley, Vicar and TV Presenter

Rev Dr Kate Bruce, CODEC Fellow in Preaching, Deputy Warden, Cranmer Hall

Rev Dr Andrew Byers, Free Church Tutor, Cranmer Hall

Benjamin Ellis, Social Technologist, Redcatco

Andrew Graystone, Freelance Media Theologian and Consultant

Josh Mann, CODEC Fellow in Biblical Literacy

Dr Karen O'Donnell, CODEC Fellow in Digital Pedagogy

Rev Dr Peter Phillips, CODEC Director

Talitha Proud, Digital Media Officer, Church of England Communications Office

Dr Marika Rose, CODEC Fellow in Digital Theology

Rev Dr Calvin Samuel, Academic Dean, Cranmer Hall

Start joining the conversation: Twitter: #MediaLit16; Facebook Group


WHEN: Monday June 13th - Friday June 17th, 2016
(full days Mon-Thurs: 0830-2030, half day Fri 0830-1400)

SPECIAL EVENT: Kate Squared - Kate Bottley, Kate Bruce, and music from Ivor Pop

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED SO FAR: Revd Kate Bottley,Rev Dr Andy Byers, Benjamin Ellis, Rev Dr Kate Bruce, Josh Mann, Dr Marika Rose, Rev Dr Pete Phillips

WHERE: St John's College, Durham

COST: only £350 including lunch and evening meal, refreshments, and teaching. Discretionary discounts are available for those who are ordained (£300) or unwaged (£200).


Feedback received includes:

  • The course has affirmed for me the real need for the church to engage with media issues and given me tools and skills to take that challenge forward.
  • Excellent quality of teaching from both in-house and external speakers; relevant and current experience. well structured. Inspirational speakers.
  • If you want to be challenged in your thinking; be at the cutting edge of thought in media literacy, experience discussion and practical session on creativity and broadcasting you need to be at MediaLit15!
  • I would strongly recommend the MediaLit course to everyone in leadership, including those in churches and business. This course is essential in engaging important messages in an age of ever-changing communication techniques.
  • A course which combines sound and thoughtful theological and biblical teaching integrated with cutting edge digital media.
  • Essential media training for leaders in Christian churches.
  • Excellent even for a technophobe like me!
  • The course leadership provoked excellent discussion and brought a full learning experience to the course.

MediaLit is open to anyone interested in engaging with the media - mass media, broadcast media, social media, community media.

Come along and add your voice to the conversation.