The beloved conference is online this year, but with a focus on building local community.
The past year has left Christians feeling isolated as so many of our communal activities aren’t possible due to pandemic restrictions. FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) has an antidote to that isolation: a virtual event that builds in-person community.
FOCUS’s SEEK Conference has been very popular in-person in the past. This year, they’re taking the conference online, while encouraging small-group connections to keep the sense of camaraderie that is a SEEK hallmark.
“We’re bringing thousands of people together for an all-new SEEK experience unlike any we’ve had before,” their website says. “Whether it’s through moderated speaker sessions, small group breakouts, shared mealtimes, and more, SEEK21 is your chance to be accompanied in your faith journey on a more personal level, right where you are. It’s what makes this year’s event extraordinary.”
This first-ever live broadcasted event welcomes attendees to participate in the following elements:
“Be accompanied, wherever you are”: Join with other attendees locally as a small group, whether in your living room, campus center, or parish hall. Spend time viewing talks, sharing meals, and diving deep into discussions with each other for a more personal SEEK experience right at home.
“Interact in real time”: Connect with the main stage emcees and speakers throughout all four days of SEEK. You can customize your schedule to accommodate you and your small group.
“Unite with the Church worldwide”: Celebrate the beauty of our universal Church and adore the Eucharist with others around the globe in our first-ever Worldwide Prayer Vigil.
But if you’re not able to join a small group or watch the event live, no problem! All live sessions can be viewed again later, with continued access to the online platform for six months following SEEK21. Friday, January 29, is the last day for regular registration pricing.
Nearly 18,000 people are registered for SEEK21 so far, making it the largest FOCUS conference ever. People of all ages are welcome to join, not just young adults. FOCUS has several hosting resources online for people leading small groups.
All of the SEEK21 speakers are sure to be exceptional, at least if past FOCUS conferences are any indication! It’s hard to pick which talks you “can’t miss.” But if we have to narrow it down, these are the 10 speakers whose messages we are most excited to hear!
1Francis Chan and Curtis Martin
Chan is an evangelical pastor who made waves in Christian circles when a sermon he gave to his Protestant congregation went viral for his views on the Eucharist and Christian unity. Martin founded the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and he will speak with Chan at the close of SEEK21, “to share an illuminating look at the Scriptures and our universal call to missionary discipleship.”
An auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, Barron reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.