Thursday, March 8, 2007
Video-sharing to promote Unitarian Universalism.
I'm pleased to see the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, which invested early in podcasting, also leading the way in using popular video-sharing tools to tell the church's story. The congregation has started using YouTube, the social-networking video site, to host a welcome message from the ministers (featured on the front page of the church's site) and selected worship services. The videos are here on the church site, and here on YouTube. Here's the welcome message:
The Berkeley church isn't the first to make videorecordings of its services, nor is it the first to offer video on its own site. But what strikes me as important and promising is that the church is making good video content so explicitly for visitors — especially by using a service that allows viewers to recommend the videos to their friends and post them on their own blogs, like I've just done.
Two questions: Wouldn't it be great if some of the clever people who have successfully launched podcasts or video-sharing for their UU congregations set up topical blogs to promote the technology and teach other congregations how to use it, too? UU podcasters have a Google group, and they've assembled some basic how-tos on their website, but email lists — even relatively easy-to-search ones like a Google group — strike me as unhelpfully walled off from the way most people search for information these days. (They offer no public search results, no public archive, and no RSS, for example.) Maybe I'm pining for the advent of a dedicated podcasting evangelist — and a dedicated UU video-sharing evangelist.
Second: Are there ambitious and talented UU ministers who are ready to try video-blogging as an evangelism tool, like this amazingly talented and entertaining Episcopal priest?
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 8 March 2007 at 9:53 PM