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Friday, February 8, 2013

Part 6

Kathryn Reklis, Fordham, church cannot exist fully online. Incarnational presence is too much a part of Christian tradition. Digital incarnation is not embodied incarnation. This is the insight from this conference. Reklis suggests we not settle these conclusions too quickly. She affirms the recovery of embodied Christian faith, but wants to push us to think about embodiment in digital interaction. She makes the case that the online world is no longer an "other" world. The continuum between digitally mediated life and face to face life is fluid. These are platforms we use to be ourselves across time and space. Presence is redefined. We can be present beyond geographical limitations. Reklis is bringing up the prospect of digitally integrated bodies in the years ahead.

She raises the prospect that we are dissipated in our use of technology, and our presence is over extended. I hope this is making sense. It is quite engaging in person.

Jason Byassee is on last. "We have been a virtual body from the first." That is, the body of Christ transcends geography. Pauline epistles also reflected a communion among people who were not physically connected.

Signing off. Thanks to those of you following this web log.


jerry lapp said...

As I read through these posts Phil, I was reminded that this is the first time I'd ever been made a part of, even in a small way, a pastor's participation in a conference. This digital sharing creates more opportunities for pastor/geographical parishner to converse at other interesting and inquiring levels face to face. And I see that it creates opportunity for those who may follow online only, as well. thanks for taking the time to post.