Our keynote speaker was John Roberto of Life Long Faith Associates. Throughout the conference, he presented his seminal work on faith formation. I am still working through the information he presented, but to quote one of the attendees from the conference, “my view of faith formation will never be the same.”
He talked a lot about technology and about having a digital platform for faith formation. This fit right up my alley since I love technology. In fact, my presentation was on tech: “Technology Toolbox: Free, Cheap, and Easy Tools for your Ministry.” About 20 people attended my presentation and unfortunately I over-promised what I had to offer. I thought I had 90 minutes to present, but I only had 90 minutes. It went by so fast. I also participated in a tech panel. Contents of my presentation are available here.
One of my favorite aspects of any conference is the networking and at WCEC, one is introduced to educators (both clergy and lay) from the PC(USA) (WCEC is the regional gathering for and sponsored by APCE), from the UCC (WCEC is also sponsored by AUCE) and from the Episcopal Church (WCEC is also sponsored by FORMA). I found some kindred spirits and wise individuals I look forward to consulting int he future.
As part of creating a digital platform, a number of conference attendees created faith formation websites before they left the conference. One such example is: http://ukiahpresyoungadults.weebly.com/gatherings.html
Overall it was a great conference in a beautiful, scenic location. I am looking forward to next year’s conference.