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Digital Catholics | Media and Faith

Digital Catholics | Media and Faith

Sr. Helena’s “Digital Catholics” Presentations on Media and Faith

Sr. Helena’s approach to media is that of Media Literacy. Sr. Helena has been involved in media all her life and believes that in today's digital world we need to be active and informed "Digital Catholics.”

INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA LITERACY
What does it mean to live in a media culture? What are the promises and challenges of today’s media content and technologies? How can you be a "media smart" family? What is the Church’s official position regarding media? Learn the basics of media literacy and how they can help discern and enhance all your media experiences.

MEDIA IS A FAITH THING (MEDIA IS A FAMILY THING for parenting or family/intergenerational catechesis)
Learn the basics of media literacy and how they can help you effectively communicate about media with your kids, teens, and as a family.

BODIES ARE NOT OPTIONAL: LIVING CATHOLIC IN A DIGITAL AGE
How can we as Catholics use media in the best possible way?

GOD AND THE MEDIA (teens)
Where is God in a wired world?

THE NEW WORLD OF NEW MEDIA
The new media (Facebook, iphones, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, etc.) present new problems, but also new opportunities! How can we and our youth respond to the challenge to communicate effectively as Christians?

PHILOSOPHY 101: DISCOVERING THE POWERFUL PHILOSOPHIES BEHIND THE MEDIA
Ever wonder where the media gets its strength? Ideas have names...and consequences!

MEDIA AND YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE (teens)
Develop your personal philosophy of life as you meet the philosophers who helped create the world we live in. (Great for Confirmation!)

FINDING TRUE LOVE IN THE MEDIA
What is true love? Can it be found in the media? We’ll use Pope John Paul II’s revolutionary  “Theology of the Body” and God’s 5 F’s of True Love. (Lots of media clips are used.)

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING (for teens)
Whether you're telling your story for the film, TV or computer screen--crafting character and story are the heart of your masterpiece! Learn the basics.

Length: 1 hour
What to expect: interactive, resources

Presenter:
Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God's Word through the media. She is finishing her M.A. in Media Literacy Education; has a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John's University, NYC; studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One, Hollywood; and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry. She is a movie reviewer for Life Teen (and for 6 years, “The Catholic New World,” Chicago’s Archdiocesan newspaper). She has studied Theology of the Body at the Theology of the Body Institute, PA. She is currently writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione: www.MediaApostle.com and is a co-producer on www.The40Film.com  Her book for young women is “He Speaks to You”: www.tinyurl.com/DailyBook  Sr. Helena gives media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada, and believes that media can be a primary tool for sharing God's love and salvation.

How to contact Sr. Helena Burns to schedule a media workshop.

hburns@paulinemedia.com   cell 617 850 5584

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