“Creating Silence: Listening and Communicating in an Overstimulated World” – Theology on Tap for March 2018

In the 21st century we are connected with each other more than ever been before. Digital media is an omnipresent force in modern life. Most of us likely communicate through several forms of social media every day, whether it’s email, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Snapchat. The excessive amount of communication today has caused us to forget how to be silent: with our friends, with our family, and with our God.

Perhaps, we speak too much instead of listening, we take too many pictures instead of enjoying the view, and we separate our lives into what happens on the smartphone and what happens without it. In this presentation, communications professionals Jennifer Brinker and Gabe Jones will share ideas for creating more silence in our lives and how to listen more authentically to others.

About our speakers

Jennifer Brinker is a reporter at the St. Louis Review newspaper and Catholic St. Louis magazine. For nearly 20 years, she has covered topics as they relate to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including life issues such as abortion, human trafficking, homelessness, poverty and race. Her work has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. She is an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Gabe Jones is primarily a husband and father, but self-identifies as a liturgical purist, an aspiring role model, a novice philosopher, and a former athlete pretending to still be athletic. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science and economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team and Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity. He lives in Affton with his wife, Sarah, and three children, and in his day job works in the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. During his precious little free time, he enjoys a good beer, a good book, and good conversation (with a side of good sarcasm).