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Sunday, October 9, 2005

Unitarian Universalist podcasting in the news.

Not only has the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, California, started podcasting, the church is getting media attention for it. An 84-year-old church member who can't get to church every week tells the The Argus, "It really comes in handy. It's really delightful to hear the minister's voice coming off the speakers of my computer."

Young and old alike are getting into it:

It's also a great public relations tool, said the Rev. Christopher Craethnenn, the new 29-year-old minister of religious education at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (

"One of the things the liberal church is trying to learn from (those) in more conservative circles is how to do outreach. When your faith isn't grounded in evangelism, it's harder to bring people in. Our religion is really grounded in free exploration so we work really hard to bring people into our circles," said Craethnenn.

Along with Craethnenn, co-ministers Barbara Hamilton-Holway and Bill Hamilton-Holway will be featured in the future podcasts, along with community ministers, seminarians and lay people in the congregation. The church has some 500 members and the trend seems to be catching on quickly.

"We have 10 to 30 people a day who are downloading the sermons," said Brett Hamilton, a listener who also helps the church with its podcasting technology.

Very cool. ("iPods Spread Berkeley Church's Gospel," Kristin Bender, The Argus 10.9.05; I originally linked to this story at another paper's site that didn't have the funky picture of the minister with the iPod: no picture, no link is my new motto!)

P.S. My iPod is stocked almost entirely with music. I've only subscribed to three podcasts: Slate's Daily Podcast, which I recommend; iTunes New Music Tuesday, which I enjoy but which hasn't inspired a single purchase; and MacCast, which is so much more geeky than I am.

P.P.S. You know what someone should do, "godcasting"-wise? Convince Carl Scovel to have his archive of King's Chapel radio talks converted into podcasts. They'd be perfect. My loyal KC reader and I will have to talk about this.

Update 1.17.06: reports that two dozen UU congregations are now podcasting the living tradition.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 9 October 2005 at 7:26 PM

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Dudley M. Jones:

October 10, 2005 07:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

Please be careful with those little bud things you put in your ears. They have great sound, but do not block outside noise as well as big headphones, so there is a tendancy to play them louder, which is can damage hearing. Supposedly people who use ear buds rather than headphones have more hearing loss.
Sorry to be so negative but I see people with those things in their ears all the time.


October 11, 2005 12:36 PM | Permalink for this comment

And here's, a podcast of a radio show produced by volunteers from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua, New York, with funding from the New York State Convention of Universalists. The show is broadcast weekly on five AM radio stations that reach audiences in Auburn, Canandaigua, and Ithaca.

Key to a good podcast: A good Web site that promotes your podcast and gives listeners a place to learn more. is a good example of all of these things.


November 28, 2005 12:59 PM | Permalink for this comment

Two guides to UU podcasts: Jason Tippitt's UU and Like-minded Podcasts and Anna Belle Leiserson's Directory of UU Podcasts.

Dorothy Hoskins:

July 16, 2006 08:06 PM | Permalink for this comment

The minister, Rev. Carl Thitchener, continues to produce the podcasts and they are updated weekly at The live radio broadcast on 5 upstate New York radio stations is no longer available.
You can subscribe to the podcast feed from by following the instructions on (Note: we keep only the most recent month or so of podcasts on line at any given time. Older podcasts can be requested from Carl via email to

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