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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Smallest GA workshop in UUA history?

How I love the ten people who showed up for the workshop I led with UUA webmaster Julie Albanese Saturday evening about the UUA's new face on the Web. (We were scheduled during the abysmal workshop slot between the dinner break and Mary Oliver's Ware Lecture. And Forrest Church was debuting his Hallmark Channel TV program, "The American Creed" at the same time, among other apparently more compelling things.) I love those ten people even though four of them work for the UUA or volunteer for its GA Web reporting team. The other six of you are now my favorite people. You may have yawned once or twice between 7:15 and 8:30, but you did not fall asleep, even when I tried to explain RSS. That counts for something, in my book.

I suppose the low turnout could also be attributed to the success of executive vice president Kay Montgomery's brief introduction to and the coming-soon relaunch of during her plenary report that afternoon, which included my first appearance on the General Assembly stage. (Skip ahead to the 30-minute mark in the video of Plenary VI.) If that doesn't give you enough of a glimpse of the exciting changes in store for, check out the PowerPoint presentation about the redesigned site.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 27 June 2006 at 7:38 AM

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Harold Wood:

June 27, 2006 01:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

I wasn't at GA, but I downloaded and greatly enjoyed your Power Point presentation about the plans for the new UUA website! I think the new organization will be a big improvement, and I'm glad to hear the site is going to a Content Management System (CMS).
1. Will we still be able to easily link from our congregational websites to specific pages on the website? I hope so:

2. Is there any way congregations can piggyback on the UUA CMS?

Harold Wood

Donald Wilson:

June 27, 2006 08:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

I didn't make it to any workshops other than the CLF worship, but I suppose that's the fate of most members of the GAPC. In fact, I didn't even look at all the workshops offered, and didn't notice that your workshop was there... I might have even showed up, as I didn't go to the Ware lecture and had time around then.

Ah well... I'll download your presentation and take a look. You're right: Kay's presentation was intriguing.

Pat McLaughlin:

June 27, 2006 11:16 PM | Permalink for this comment

I would have gone. Honest. But I'd signed up to provide the CSW with some insights and input from congregational presidents about how their congregations were (not) participating.

Given my opinions about the farcical bylaws amendment, I had something to say. Alas, the things that needed fixing weren't even (it appeared) on their radar... and the bylaws fix didn't even get close to addressing any of them.

So while it wasn't nearly as interesting to me, it probably could be classified as a more useful application of my time. Not to mention that I was still torqued off about the amendment, so...

Dan Harper:

June 28, 2006 09:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

I've got the best excuse yet for not attending the workshop! I was in the Webworkers room at GA, writing up another GA workshop for the UUA Web site.

When Julie Albanese got back to the Webworkers room after the workshop, she showed us the new design -- I have to say, it looks great.

My favorite part: from the home page, you immediately click on one of four links, depenind on whether you're new to UUism, a religious leader, etc. -- that alone should make the site much much easier for everyone to navigate. My second favorite part: the new design keeps the most attractive features of the old design, but manages to make it look much snazzier. I'm really looking forward to seeing the new site get online

Hey, Chris and Julie, we love you even if we didn't show up.

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