Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
18 July 2016. On Saturday, the three-day conference under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness Aram I concluded its work in Antelias. Rev Bedros Manuelian opened the meeting at the “Cilicia Museum Hall.” He told the participants that the theme “Armenian Youth and Social Media” demonstrates the determination of the Catholicos to strengthen reciprocity between the youth and the church through the new technology. He then invited His Holiness to address the meeting.
Catholicos Aram I said that because modern technologies of communication have become very powerful, each user of social media must consider how he or she uses that power. He asked the participants to be aware when they write on social media, they have the potential to influence others. He cautioned them not to fall into the easy expressions of the dominant global culture, but rather to keep their identity strong and work to preserve Armenian culture and identity founded on the spiritual values of the church.
The sessions continued with formal presentations and dialogue in plenary, followed by workshops, and concluding with a statement.
Plenary presentations included: “Social Media and Education” by Mrs Shaghig Kandaharian-Khoudaverdian, “The Positive and Negative impact of Social Media” by Mrs Tamar Hasheolian, “Social Media and Identity” by Dr Antranik Dakessian. Three other speakers, Mrs Christine Arzoumanian-Ghazarian, Ms Araz Kojayan and Mr Aram Somounjian addressed the topics “branding,” “content creation,” “blogs” and “The art of photography.”
In the last plenary, participants heard a lecture on “Social Media and the Armenian Cause,” presented by Messrs Hrag Avedanian and Shiraz Djerdjian. Citing the example of the aggression by Azirbaijan on Karabagh in March 2016, the speakers addressed the misuse of the technology for propaganda purposes.
In the final Plenary the conference adopted a statement highlighting the following: