In terms of technology adoption, I’ve heard cynically stated that Catholics move ‘at the speed of church’. Well, as John Fielding put in his comment on the last CTT blog entry, Vimeo vs. YouTube, “we Catholics are finally catching up”. I am pleasantly surprised to see that Catholics now have two annually technology conferences available to us. Earlier this year, I attended the Catholic New Media Conference put on by SQPN in Kansas City and I was, quite frankly, impressed. The quality of the speakers, the depth of content, and interaction from the audience was quite impressive. It was on par with any secular technology conference I’ve ever been to. The next Catholic New Media conference will be at the end of August in Texas in 2012.
For those that missed SQPN or can talk their leadership into a second conference in a year, there’s another conference one coming up, Interactive Connections. Interactive Connections is put on by Sister Caroline Cerveny and will be held down in Florida the week of January 23rd. The Interactive Connections conference celebrates and explores faith-based educational technology for ministry and evangelization in the 21st Century. I’ve been to this conference previously and it offers a nice array of speakers and topics from beginning topics to more advanced sessions. Plus attending a conference in Florida in January does offer the simple pleasure of warmth for those of us who live in more northern climates!
Seeing the emergence of two difference technology-oriented conferences centered on the Catholic Faith is indeed a sign that we are awaking to the power of the Internet. The next generation of parishioners are growing up online and its our mission to make sure we’re they’re to greet them!