Date(s) - October 5, 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Southridge Fellowship Baptist Church
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ACTS Seminaries Theology in Culture Public Seminar – Fall 2019
Interactive one-day seminar for parents, youth pastors and educators seeking a balanced experience of gaming for youth. Offered in partnership with SouthRidge Fellowship Church.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Location: SouthRidge Fellowship Church – 22756 – 48 Ave, Langley, BC
Cost: $40 (Lunch included)
An interactive one-day seminar to help parents, Christian leaders and educators guide children, youth and young adults to a balanced experience of gaming, appreciating the benefits yet recognizing the signs of unhealthy imbalance. Offered in partnership with SouthRidge Fellowship Church.
Who is this for?
Parents of pre-teens, teens and young adults; youth leaders and pastors; educators; young adults and late teens.
Video games are changing the world. They have become a major catalyst for how we think and relate to one another, particularly for children and youth.
Game enthusiasts laud the interactivity, immersive experience and social aspects of gaming, as well as their artistic and creative potential to birth fantastic worlds like those imagined by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Critics, on the other hand, focus on objectionable content and the antisocial aspects of gaming, including physical inactivity, disrespect for authority, and poor appreciation of the consequences of actions.
Where do we find a balance in the discussion? And how do parents, Christian leaders and educators help guide children, youth and young adults to a balanced experience of gaming, appreciating the benefits yet recognizing the signs of unhealthy imbalance?
In this one-day seminar, we invite you to consider the What, Why and How of a Christian approach to video games.
- What do we need to know about video games?
Kevin Schut, PhD, Professor at Trinity Western University and author of Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games, examines the medium of video games, tackles several religious, spiritual and social issues surrounding them, and offers his perspective on finding a balanced Christian approach as parents, teachers and mentors. His interactive presentation will look at specific examples of games and give opportunity for attendees to explore and participate for themselves.
- Why do we need to re-think a Christian approach?
As Christians, we are called to engage in culture, not just reject or withdraw from it. A panel of theologians from ACTS Seminaries will reflect on the medium and experience of video games and share their perspectives on what we can learn from the Bible and the example of Jesus to guide an informed, critical Christian approach. Panel members will include:
John Auxier, Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, ACTS Seminaries
Michael Morelli, Adjunct Professor of Theology in Culture, ACTS Seminaries
David Sigrest, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Languages, ACTS Seminaries
- How do we translate a Christian approach into action?
Expert perspectives are valuable, but the real challenge can be translating them into daily life. Each panel member will lead a discussion group on a theme so that participants can explore practical ways to apply what they’ve heard into their own context. Discussion group themes will be determined based on the interests and needs of participants, for example, parents of pre-teens, teens and young adults, educators and youth pastors.
If you are the parent, teacher or pastor of a child, teen or young adult and struggle with how to wisely guide engagement in video game culture while avoiding potential pitfalls, we encourage you to join us for this one-day exploration of this influential aspect of culture.
- Kevin Schut, PhD Professor of Media and Communication and creator of the new Game Development program at Trinity Western University
Kevin is the author of Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games, and has written and spoken on games and a wide variety of topics, such as narrative, masculinity, and faith. He is also a lifelong fan of Sid Meier’s Civilization and likes getting beaten by his daughters in Super Smash Bros.
- John Auxier, PhD Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, ACTS Seminaries
Dr. Auxier is interested in the impact of technology on marriages and spirituality, has published on the use of serious (non-recreational) games in theological education, and teaches a graduate course on “Theology of Popular Culture” (THS 691) for ACTS Seminaries
- Michael Morelli, PhD Adjunct Professor of Theology in Culture, ACTS Seminaries
Michael studies theological ethics, meaning he is fascinated by the ways God’s truth confronts and changes the realities that make up our existence. His recently completed a doctorate focused on technology in the writings of French Christian scholars Jacques Ellul and Paul Virilio. Prior to graduate studies, Michael worked in local church ministry, and he continues to serve the church in a lay capacity. He also publishes and presents on a variety of topics within the fields of theology, morality, culture, politics, and technology.
- David Sigrist, PhD (cand) Adjunct Professor of Biblical Languages, ACTS Seminaries
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am What do we need to know about video games? Interactive session with Kevin Schut. Includes break around 10:15
11:30 am Lunch (provided) & explore/try video games set up a various stations
12:45 pm Feedback/thoughts/insights from morning and lunch exploration
1:00 pm Why do we need to re-think a Christian approach? Panel discussion
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm How do we translate a Christian approach into action? Breakout group discussions for different contexts. Led by panel members
3:00 pm Feedback/thoughts/insights from group discussions
3:30 pm Conclude