“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.”
- Rollo May
The way we communicate with one another has changed dramatically in the last generation. Many of the options at our disposal today did not exist twenty years ago. Even those that did, telephone and print media for example, have changed significantly in cost and access.
The rapid expanse can be a blessing, but also a challenge to navigate. When there were fewer options to communicate online, everyone read their email more carefully. So there is a challenge in how to capture people's attention and retain shared information. Perhaps we are aiming at a moving target!
Over the summer I began using more videos to share information with Ascension: "Ministry Moments" to offer insight to what is happening at church and "5 Minute Bible Studies" to offer formation for those unable to make the other offerings. This fall I started a new series, "Clergy in Cars."
This series is supposed to be an encouragement toward spiritual conversation and a look at social issues through a variety of perspectives. It is also supposed to be fun, a reminder that even serious content can be fun. Recently, the series also afforded me an opportunity to take a short ride with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry!
All of these videos are posted to our Facebook page as well as YouTube. The videos have been popular among Ascension members, but have also given us the opportunity to reach out to others, sharing the joy and love we find in Christ and in our community. If you haven't had a chance to see them yet, you can view them here.