Two decades on since LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube entered our living rooms, our lives have become increasingly lived against social media backcloth. We live in the perpetual present, reuniting with old friends, sharing images of joys and grief and seeing events as they happen. But we also face opinions, news, views and theories which may have little contact with reality or truth: the Christian faith particularly is often distorted and misrepresented and attacked by those who don’t know it. These sessions probe how we can effectively communicate the Good News of Jesus to those whose source of ‘truth’ is social media.
Elaine Storkey is an academic, author, broadcaster, and former President of Tearfund. A member of Newnham College, Cambridge, and Fellow of Aberystwyth University, she has taught in UK universities and overseas, including USA, Canada, India, Haiti, and Ethiopia. For ten years she directed the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and has made a number of film and radio documentaries. She has served on the C of E ‘s General Synod, on Archbishops’ commissions and numerous councils. Author of 9 books, hundreds of articles and SU notes, her most recent book is a 2022 commentary on Matthew’s Gospel entitled 'Meeting God in Matthew'.