...Smart Catholics...and it was a privilege to take part. I was invited to speak on "Women and the Church".
This was my first experience of a large-scale on-line event organised through "Hopin". Previously, I've used ZOOM etc.
The Smart Catholics team work with Catholic Voices and are very friendly, efficient, upbeat and helpful. We had a training session some days before the event.
There really is a strange illusion that there is a genuine conference going on, and one is simply there "on screen" while a large audience is present in person, seated in rows at a conference etc. Actually of course everyone is "attending" like me, by sitting at home with a computer.
The various talks have also been recorded and I think will be available as podcasts etc. This was a joint USA/UK event, and I was speaking at 3.15pm British time. I explained that the funeral of HRH Prince Philip was taking place and my husband was listening to it in an adjoining room. I had asked him to let me know when the National Anthem was played so that I could stand up! In the end this wasn't necessary, because my session conveniently ended shortly before the funeral reached that part of things.