Hopefully, over the past couple of weeks, you have heard about the new film, The Third Way, and you have heard that we are hosting on online viewing party and live Q & A with the Executive Producer, Fr. John Hollowell.
If not, here’s something to whet your appetitie:
Today is the day!
At 2:00 pm Central Time (3pm Eastern, 12noon Pacific) we will gather online through ProjectYM Events and watch the movie roughly simultaneously while participating in a live chat. If you have a question that you would like to ask our panel, including Fr. Hollowell, but you don’t want to post it in the chatroom, you can hopefully submit it via the embedded question bar or private message me, Scott Dougherty, through the chat interface. If neither of those options work, you can email your question to me at [email protected]
If you signed up earlier this week, you should have received an email asking you to register at the new event page. This will give you access to the Event room. You will find a video window and a chat window. Please log in to the chat via Facebook or Twitter, or create a new event specific account by clicking on the chat input bar.
Spend some time getting comfortable and press play on the film at 2pm when directed to by one of the chat moderators.
Following the movie, we will all click the yellow graphic link to go to the live Q&A room. You will see a live feed of a google+ hangout at the top and another chat window at the bottom. You may be asked to login to the chat again.
We encourage you to participate in the discussion, however, we ask that all participants remain civil and courteous. For general Guidelines I will directly borrow/adapt some of the rules Fr. James Martin, SJ, has posted on his facebook page:
1.) No “ad hominem”: that is, no attacking others personally. …comments like “She is a heretic” and “He’s an idiot.” Comments like that are absolutely unacceptable here. I don’t care how justified you think you are. Remember what Jesus said about calling another person a name like “rhaka” or “fool” (If you forget, you’ll be liable to either the judgment of the Sanhedrin or the fires of Gehenna.) Make a distinction between a person and a person’s argument. In other words, “I’m not sure I agree with that argument because…” It’s really not that hard….
…4.) No snotty comments like, for example…well, no snotty comments.
5.) No posting of links to things that malign people (yes, I check to see where those links lead), to articles or videos that have nothing to do with the thread or to fundraising websites.
6.) No endless quotes from church documents. A link will suffice. That is, instead of posting twelve paragraphs from “Gaudium et Spes,” just write “See No. 12 of Gaudium et Spes,” with a link.
7.) Enough with the ALL CAPS! and EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! We can hear you just fine.
Overall, just be charitable. That’s the most basic rule.
As I said, I’m enforcing those rules more strictly these days. That is, I’m deleting posts when they don’t adhere to the rules of charity. You can charitably disagree with someone without resorting to attacks or sarcasm or snottiness. And if someone persists in not following these rules over time, or even over the space of a few hours, they get banned. The rules are to provide a friendly space for everyone else.
We can’t wait to share this video and conversation with you!