As she presented new media and its potential for the Missions, media professional Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg observed that we have "the most exciting story in the world, the lived experience of faith."
She offered listeners a detailed picture of new media today -- and where it's going. And she ended up by musing on what this all means to the Church in general and the Pontifical Mission Societies specifically. (Her PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded here, in three parts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.)
In the midst of the high-tech discussion, all the power in the hotel -- and in the surrounding area -- went out. Offered one participant: "It brought us back to basics in communication, keeping us focused on the heart of what we do -- our love and faith in the Lord." Boston, Massachusetts, director Father Tom Kopp offered a response to Sherry's presentation, stressing his own renewed enthusiasm to harness the potential of the media at hand today, to utilize it with "imagination and creativity." "Media opens opportunities for us -- limitless possibilities when approached with imagination and creativity," he said. "Itís a tool for us to change the world, to help the Missions."