An Online Catechumenate: A community Chat

Online via Zoom
July 7
Event Title
An Online Catechumenate: A community Chat
Event Host and/or Location
Journey to Baptismal Living
What kind of event is it?
Zoom Community Chat
Event Details
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, some congregations were envisioning alternative ways of implementing the Catechumenate into their context, especially where weekly in-person gatherings would not be feasible. The pandemic made this transition even more pertinent, and the changes that have resulted provide a new model for catechumenal ministry today.  Some congregations have returned to in-person ministries, some have remained in the digital environment, and many have attempted to bridge the two environments by constructing hybrid ministries.

This community chat will look at issues that are present in this move online, including:

  • Recruiting participants,
  • Choosing appropriate technology,
  • Developing online meetings and rites,
  • Participating in hybrid ritual practices, and
  • Evaluating what is gained and what is lost with the move online.

Chat participants will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners and scholars, envision what ministry looks like today, talk about practical skills for an online catechumenate, and share experiences about faith formation over these past two years.

Britt Olson will facilitate the chat.  Britt is the Vicar at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Seattle.  Britt has developed an on-line catechumenate at St. Luke’s.  Previously she served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero will host the chat.  Kyle is the Steck-Miller Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy at United Lutheran Seminary.  A member of the JBL Board, he has served as chair of the Catechumenate team at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, and his current research looks at digital approaches to worship.

To participate, register at  Put “Community Chat” in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the text.  We will send you a Zoom link and relevant material nearer the date of the Chat.