Dear readers, as much as I enjoy Marshall McLuhan Mondays, they are taking over the blog! McLuhan’s personality and work will remain interests of mine, but my favorite things are practical tools and inspirations for you all who volunteer or work in the Church, with media. Therefore, I’ll be posting the last Marshall McLuhan Monday on the day after what would have been McLuhan’s 102nd birthday: July 22, 2013.
Michael W. Higgins notes the following, about Marshall McLuhan’s connection between our changing media eras and their effects upon humanity – and therefore, upon the Church. I want you to help me chew on this:
He commented on more than one occasion that the visual age had ended, and with it had ended the emphasis on centralisation, cataloguing, control from the core. Because that was collapsing all over the world and in the church as well and the church was largely unaware of it, it was ill-equipped to understand what was happening to it. But what was happening was actually freeing the church up to become a primary and immediate agent of evangelisation.
Whew! That’s quite a bit to unpack. We’ve previously discussed McLuhan’s thoughts on the decline of the Roman Curia. What I’m more curious to ponder is the idea that this whittling away at bureaucracy is “freeing the church up to become a primary and immediate agent of evangelisation.”
How is the Church becoming more 1) a primary agent of evangelization, and 2) an immediate agent of evangelization? What examples can you see in relation to this lessening of bureaucracy?
A tickle for your brain: Pope Francis has been emphasizing a more evangelical, less “self-referential” Church.