Google Docs & the Re-Making of the World

The second gathering of the Sunday Salon took place on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., instead of directly following worship. There were far fewer attendees this time; I chalked that up to an unusual-for-the Pacific-Northwest sunny-ish afternoon. (Here, even partial sunshine during the rainy season is enough to inspire people to get outside. This is especially bothersome when one is attempting a house remodel and the […]

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In Which We Create A Holy Maker Space*

[*Another in a collection of posts about the experience of leading an organization into the digital age.] We didn’t set out to turn the church upside down. We simply wanted to update the hardware and software, and then begin to move operations to the cloud. We wanted to show committee members how they could work from home and still share documents or update calendars. (They […]

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Out of Organizational Gas

Even in the midst of positive change, it’s possible to run low on gas. In the community I’m trying to bring to the digital world, cloud-based tools are catching on with a small group of people. They’re excited about what can be done with Google Calendar, Google Forms, Google Drive. More people are asking to learn about Zoom. There have even been some volunteers willing […]

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We Forged Some Goals for the Coming Year

I’ve been writing about leading a communications committee that’s working on moving a community church into the digital age.  A Tentative Beginning This week, we concluded the third session of our Zoom “retreat.” When I first posed the idea that it was time for a retreat and said I envisioned a six to eight hour process, I got more pushback than I’d ever expected. I […]

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Is It Possible to Teach Vision?

I ended my last post with two questions: How do [teachers, other leaders] design virtual spaces that lead to not only the expected outcomes, i.e., academics or prayer, but to the deeper opportunities [afforded by digital tools and spaces]? And how do we, the ones experienced with these spaces, inspire them to begin? The past weeks have seen a flurry of activity and, with that, […]

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Plodding and Racing, Simultaneously

No, the theme for the new programmatic year won’t be a beloved community, at least, not by conscious design. “Beloved Community” was seen as a potential co-optation of Martin Luther King’s vision. Also problematic for some was the deep emphasis on nonviolent protest and action, which was not the intention of the general idea of environmental and human justice that had been proposed. Several of […]

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