Technology and Faith Unconference


On December 8, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seattle Pacific University, AI and Faith, and TheoTech will host 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 will 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?

Modeled on THATCamp (“The Humanities and Technology Camp”), the Technology and Faith Unconference will provide an opportunity for selected participants to discuss and reflect on the role of faith in our emerging technological environment. Possible topics include: 

  • Values and beliefs that inform ethical frameworks.
  • Opportunities and challenges for people of faith related to new and social media, information and attention management, big data and data analytics, automation and artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and virtual/augmented/mixed reality.
  • Engaging faith communities in discussions about accelerated technological change.

The actual topics and conversations will be decided by participants. If you are interested in participating in spontaneous but substantial discussions about how our spiritual lives and faith communities are being impacted by—and also impacting—technological innovations, register to attend. Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. The deadline to register is Friday, November 30, 2018.

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

Unconference Document