Bishops launch technology consultation
The Bishops' National Information and Communications Technology Committee has called for submissions from church groups as part of a "whole-of-church" process to create a "21st century environment for the Church community and its services".
Key professionals and senior executives from Catholic agencies met have endorsed an 'wholistic' approach to the provision of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) across the Church, a Church Resources statement says.
The statement followed a meeting in Melbourne to discuss ways of working collaboratively to create a 21st century environment for the Church community and its services.
Greg Whitby, Chair of the Bishops' National Information and Communications Technology Committee said collaboration among agencies is beginning to bear fruit.
"It is encouraging to meet senior information officers and systems managers ready to share and develop their skills in the service of the Mission of the Church – evangelisation and service to those in need.
"We identified practical ways in which collaboration will benefit all participants such as increasing internet bandwidth, enhancing skill level and purchasing efficiency and developing innovative ways of presenting faith in a new medium."
The Melbourne consultations are part of a process of clarifying strategic direction and practical action. The National ICT Committee has produced a Green Paper on the scope of requirements for a "whole of Church" approach to ICT.
The Committee's recommendations will be discussed at the next national bishops' conference in November.
Bishops ICT Committee, Media Release, 6/7/07
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Greg Whitby website
Bishops launch national info tech committee (CathNews, 4/4/07)
6 Jul 2007