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Recordings vs. Face-to-Face

microphone.jpgAs we go more deeply into what it means to make the events of our district virtually accessible many of you have come to us with questions.  Last month I wrote an answer to one such question “what about those of us who do not yet have highspeed internet?” This was a good question. This month I thought I would answer another good question. This one is not so much a question as a statement:  “Video and audio recording as fine but they are not the same as seeing you face-to-face.

This is true. I agree. We do not intend them to be the same. The breakthrough moment in my thinking about this came a few years ago. Our family had gotten our first digital camera. I was feeling—quite strongly—that it was definitely not the same as my old 35 mm. The picture quality was poor. The prints were washed out. Then I had an experience which caused me to see this differently. We were at the time members of the Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

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How to Get the Most From a Consultant

ian-ghostranch08.jpgOne frequent question from congregations concerns use of consultants—whether from the district, from the Association, Alban or elsewhere.  Often the question we get is who would be good for something—planning, conflict, finances, or leading a board retreat.

A question that congregations often ask but should more often is how to use a consultant well.  In fact, with any resource the choice of how the resource is used is often as important as the choice of resource.

On the website of the Indianapolis Center for Congregation there is a great series of free resources about using resources. 
http://www.centerforcongregations.org/files/folders/using_resources/default.aspx

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Nominating and Leadership Development Committees

Ian Evison, CMwD Congregational Services DirectorQuestions regarding nominating committees or as some prefer to say leadership development committees tend to come up each year in the early Spring—as congregational annual meetings begin to draw near.  Recently, I got one such query which motivated me to gather my thoughts on the subject. 

Many congregations have what they call “leadership development committees” who do nothing more than strong-arming people to serve on the board and are active only in the few weeks before the congregational annual meeting.  Unremarkably, our congregations find this does not work well.  

Since this is an area of rather great interest in many congregations just now, we have recruited some people to do a workshop on this at our upcoming District Assembly. Some version of this workshop will be repeated at General Assembly.

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Nominating and Leadership Development Committees

ian-ghostranch08.jpgQuestions regarding nominating committees or as some prefer to say leadership development committees tend to come up each year in the early Spring—as congregational annual meetings begin to draw near. Recently, I got one such query which motivated me to gather my thoughts on the subject.

Many congregations have what they call “leadership development committees” who do nothing more than strong-arming people to serve on the board and are active only in the few weeks before the congregational annual meeting.  Unremarkably, our congregations find this does not work well.

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How do WE access audio and visual recordings?

microphone.jpgOne question we get about our increasing use of audio and video-recordings on the district website is this:

“What about us? We don’t have access to highspeed internet and so cannot make use of these.”

First and most basic answer to this is that any time any congregation wants resources on any subject, they should ask us.  Any time we do video or audio of an event, there are generally also written materials.  Or we can burn a CD and send it to you. Just ask.

Also, your questions about these things help us.  We are always pondering the question of what to provide and in what format. The most helpful source of guidance on this is your questions and requests.

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