What is via media?
via media is video enhanced curricula designed to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ Jesus and to present the Episcopal Church in a contemporary context.
via media celebrates who we are as American Anglicans and invites others to "come and see," offering seekers both the content and the context for conversations about Christian faith from an unabashedly Anglican perspective.
via media is grounded in the traditional Anglican perspective, rooted in the Trinity and offers diverse, compelling witness to the unique way of being Christian that is our Anglican heritage.
via media invites those seeking spiritual community to explore Anglican Christianity through a non-threatening course of study, prayer and conversation surrounded by radical hospitality.
via media challenges the idea that only Evangelicals can do evangelism. What via media celebrates is a church that tells the truth about both its strengths and its challenges, inviting those seeking spiritual community to come and do the same.
How does it work?
via media invites those seeking spiritual community into eight, sixteen, or twenty-four week journeys of study, prayer and action.
via media combines learning styles, including video, written materials, small group discussions, and large group forums. Participants encounter basic principles of Christianity through the Anglican approach of scripture, traditions, and reason.
via media doesn't offer easy answers to the hard questions 21st century seekers are asking, but models in the video and table discussions that answers are in conversation and community; enriched by differences our faith is enlivened by our challenges.
How is the curriculum provided?
media curriculum comes to you on a CD. Two versions of the curriculum are provided; a .pdf version
that's ready to be printed and duplicated and a MS
Word version that you may edit as you see fit.
A Coordinator's section,
to help the person overseeing via media to prepare all the
materials; this section includes a script for each session,
to help participants and facilitators know what to do next.
A Facilitator's section,
to help the table leaders to get prepared for each weeks'
session; this section will include several suggested discussion
questions to go along with each video.
A Participant's section,
including take-home materials (a Theology Statement, a Question
for Reflection, etc.) aimed at helping participants to reflect
on what's been presented at the via
Closing Worship -
as always, you are welcome to do something different, but
we have provided several different kinds of closing worship,
tied to the subjects for each week, that aim to provide an
introduction to different methods of prayer.