Technology and Faith Unconference


On December 8, 2018, Seattle Pacific UniversityAI and Faith, and TheoTech hosted an unconference at the SPU Library to explore the relationship between technology and faith.

What is an unconference?

An unconference is an informal conference without a preset program or formal presentations. Attendees collaborate at the beginning of the meeting to organize sessions and tracks, and everyone is expected to participate actively in the discussions that occur. 

What did we talk about?

Technologies both shape and are shaped by our deepest values—values about human dignity, well-being, social justice, and the spiritual dimension of life. Throughout history, faith traditions have helped shape these values and the design and use of technology. As we develop new technologies that are profoundly and irrevocably transforming our lives and world, what is the role of faith today?

Read notes from the unconference here.

Planning Group

Michael Paulus, Seattle Pacific University

David Brenner, AI and Faith

Chris Lim, TheoTech

Daniel Rasmus, Serious Insights


8:30 AM -- 9:00 AM Registration opens; coffee and pastries available
9:00 AM -- 9:45 AM Welcome and schedule-setting
9:45 AM -- 10:45 AM Session 1
10:45 AM -- 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM Session 2
12:00 PM -- 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM Session 3
2:00 PM -- 2:15 PM Coffee Break
2:15 PM -- 3:15 PM Session 4
3:15 PM -- 4:00 PM Closing Discussion