This fall I was invited to speak as part of a series called "Conversations that Matter" for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. I gave the talk live at the first conversation in Nazareth, PA and then we recorded it for subsequent gatherings. The invitation was to speak about the future direction of the church in a way that provoked conversation and reflection.
This 22-minute video called "Make Your Neighborhood Your Cathedral" explores something I am deeply passionate about and I think is vital to the future of the Church—getting outside our church buildings and being present in public local and digital gathering spaces, whether it is the local cafe or pub, Facebook or Twitter. (Email readers will need to click here to view the video.)
Many argue that social media depersonalizes relationships and dehumanizes ministry. I have found just the opposite.
A few months ago I started a new YouTube video series called the Two Minute Bible Study. I started it on a whim without very much planning. I just started speaking into my webcam about the upcoming Sunday’s readings. One of the first comments came from a good friend of mine.
He said, “I like the video, but I really don’t want to look up your nose the whole time!” You can see why:
He wasn’t the only person who felt that way.
My friend Katie Osweiler had the same reaction and she performed what I can only describe as a "YouTube intervention". Katie is experienced and gifted in video production. She brought in her own camera to record me at eye level (and at a safe distance), added music, and titles. The production value is a zillion times better.
But the biggest change in the Two Minute Bible Study is the one that is happening inside of me.