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Durham University

The CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology


MediaLit19 – Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers.

Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

Day 1: Digital Culture 101– an introduction to the digital revolution – tech, culture, comms – setting the context within which we are working. “Cross the Pond Lecture” from Katherine Schmidt (Molloy College) on “Being Digital”

Day 2: Digi-Church– how is the church changing in response to the digital reformation? Our talks today range over political theology and pop culture podcasts, to Tim Hutchings exploring online church and discipleship. “Cross the Pond Lecture” from Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M) on “Discipleship in the Digital Age”

Day 3: Broadcasting God– we spend the morning with Anna Drew exploring how to manage a comms structure within the local church. In the afternoon, we turn towards God – what is digital liturgy and how does technology impact our worship. Simon Rundell will be leading our digital liturgy at the end of the day. Two “Cross the Pond Lectures” – one from Andrew Scanlan-Holmes on “Technology and Worship” and one from Teresa Berger (Yale) on her book “iWorship”.

Day 4: Out/Reach-In/Digital– today we consider how to explore issues in a digital world. We open up with a series of talks from evangelism to blogging from campaigning to digital inclusion. In the afternoon, Justin Brierley and Kevin Bennett from Premier Media share something of their understanding of communicating the gospel. And at the end of the day, we bring key speakers together to discuss where we’ve ended up!

Day 5: Digital Destiny – the last day of the course, opens up with some futurecasting – where are we heading and what role do I have in digital culture and ministry in a digital world. We’ll bring our thinking together from the week and end with a time of reflection on what we have learnt and where we are heading.

Registration – including meals, refreshments, conference pack:

Conference: £300*

Day Rate: £60

* concessions available for students, non-waged.


WHEN: Monday June 10th - Friday June 14th, 2019
(full days Mon-Thurs: 0930-2030, half day Fri 0830-1400)

WHERE: St John's College, Durham

COST: £300 including lunch and evening meal, refreshments, and teaching. Discretionary discounts are available for those who are ordained (£250) 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.
  • 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.

Send your Booking Form to the CODEC Administrator

or Book and pay here