A map of British Unitarian churches forthcoming

The annual meeting of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches took place recently, and (to mark the occasion) I have taken to reading the annual report (for 2012, PDF). Minister and blogger Stephen Lingwood referred to it in early March. Grim numbers. So little wonder I had a parallel concern with the… Continue reading A map of British Unitarian churches forthcoming

Working notes about streaming worship and virtual congregations

The Growing Unitarian Universalism blog featured web-streaming worship services (also) last week, a subject I care about and wanted to add thought to. The idea of a remote congregation isn’t new. Postal missions and radio churches (breadcast sermons) have a long history, both for Unitarians and Universalists and others. Metro DC holds testimony to the… Continue reading Working notes about streaming worship and virtual congregations

Best church website?

Church websites come and go, and what’s considered good changes so much. But their value is hard to overstate. Have you seen (by your own definition) some really good sites lately? Extra credit for pointing out Unitarian Universalist (or Universalist, Unitarian, Free Christian or kindred) ones.

Can’t use a keyboard?

I’ve found a tool that some of you might need. Dasher is a mouse, joystick and eyetracker driven text input tool. Perhaps useful for those of my readers and their friends who have a physical limitation that make a keyboard difficult or impossible to use. Of course, I wrote this post using it.

Hungarian Unitarians promoting free and open source software

The website of Hungarian Unitarian church, in Hungary and Transylvanian Romania, points out three free and open source software projects — thank you, Google Translate! I use all three, and recommend them, too. Links to the English software sites follow: OpenOffice.org office productivity suite (though I use the LibreOffice fork more these days) The Sword… Continue reading Hungarian Unitarians promoting free and open source software

A go at some mapping software

I’ve installed Tilemill mapping software and created a (free of charge) Mapbox supported hosting account. Time to learn it and come up with something. Will be back when I do.

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Teaching ministry subjects online

Again, my love/hate relationship with Google appears. Now it sponsors free (libre) software to manage online classes; also help organizing online learning, which seems like an even more important tool than the software. See the project, course-builder and watch the video describing the project. HT: OpenCulture.org

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What do you think churches should do?

While some of your favorite sites are down — a very severe storm blew through metro Washington, D.C. last night, disabling an Amazon cloud computing center in the ‘burbs — let me ask a question that has been bothering me since the UUA General Assembly: just what do you think the purpose of a church… Continue reading What do you think churches should do?

ObscuraCam to help build church web sites

ObscuraCam is a phone app for Android to help citizen-journalists obscure faces in crowd photographs and videos, say, in undemocratic societies. It might be helpful in building your church’s website. You can use it to hide the faces of minors and other vulnerable persons, should your church’s policies require or recommend it. Two examples: Your… Continue reading ObscuraCam to help build church web sites