#CNMAC14 Speaker Profile: Thomas Creedy (@ThomasCreedy)

There’s another excellent line-up for the fifth Christian New Media Conference (1st November 2014, The Brewery, London). With CODEC involved in developing the line-up, we’ve given the speakers the opportunity to answer a few questions:

imageCreedyWho are you, what do you do, and how does your story feed into #CNMAC14?

My name is Thomas Creedy (mostly Tom!), and I’ve just wrapped up my MA at St John’s College in Nottingham. I’m currently juggling several hats – working with theology students, writing, blogging, etc – whilst hunting for a part time job.

Can you give us a ‘sneak peek’ into your session at #CNMAC14?

My session is perhaps a bit odd for a ’new’ media conference! I want to look back a little, to consider why people had such a problem with papal authority, and then look even further back to what the New Testament says about leadership.  I’m hoping that we can then think together about ‘post/modern popes’, thought leaders, and the ways in which we think and change and dream, particularly in relation to our doctrine.

Session description: Transforming the Church: The digital age isn’t just about data projectors and downloaded liturgy. How is the digital age transforming our experience and expectations of the worship life of the church and one of its key leaders, Pope Francis (with Ed Olsworth-Peter).

The theme for 2014 is ‘Transforming Church, Transforming Society’. What do you see as important areas within this theme?

I don’t think you have to look around that far to see that society is in need of real, measured, thoughtful transformation. And the Church often isn’t in a much better shape. I think transformation is a slow process – but I think too easily, in Church and Society, we look for quick fixes or pragmatic solutions.

What do you think a digital age mean for us, seeking transformational living?

I think the digital age means we can’t claim ignorance of injustice any more. I think the digital age means we have less excuses to not connect with people, particularly relatives and those abroad. I think the digital age means we need to think carefully about what it means to be human, to be church, and to be ‘good’.

Outside of your own session, what are you most looking forward to at #CNMAC14?

I’m seriously looking forward to connecting with, and meeting, folk who I’ve interacted with on Twitter for a few years. I’m also excited to see what other speakers come up with – particularly in terms of connecting usage of media to ‘real-life-results’ (if that isn’t a misnomer…)

Check out more on the conference itself where we’d love to see you (easy to book here), or see the archives from previous years.

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