The next Sanctuary Studies session is on February 28, 2016 at 6:30pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Sanctuary Studies is a program meant to change the tone of religious discussions by tackling tough and timely topics that are important for Christian faith and life. Below is a description of this month’s topic.
Networked digital technology (e.g. smart phones, social media) have enabled a wide range of ways to connect with one another that were impossible or impractical even a decade ago, but current research indicates that the bright prospects of such networked digital technology casts a dark shadow over our ability to pay attention to one another and to demonstrate empathy to fellow human beings. This is a challenge not only to society in general, but particularly to Christians who take seriously the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We must recognize that all technology is a transaction—while we gain many benefits from digital technology we also relinquish something in exchange. In this session of Sanctuary Studies, Pastor Caleb Bassett will offer a straightforward approach to assessing the technological transaction so that you are equipped to make wise decisions that foster virtue and empathy.