Wayne Stiles has a helpful look.
Wayne Stiles has a helpful look.
That of the Parish Magazine… The Telegraph reports:
Church leaders fear the writing is on the wall for traditional church magazines after one of the oldest in the country closes after more than 100 years.
For more than 150 years, England’s parish rags were first port of call for anyone wanting the latest gossip or date of the next WI meeting.
But now they are falling victim to the digital age and one of the oldest, the parish magazine at the Brontes former home of Haworth, West Yorkshire, flourished in the aftermath of the sisters’ literary legacy, is to close…
Experts fear less than five years after the Church of England celebrated 150 years of church magazines many as we know them are on the verge of extinction.
Those not replaced by websites are being rebranded as glossy quarterly magazines, minus most of the traditional content.
It seems the fortunes of the vicar’s cricket team, the letter from the Rector, and dates of the next church outing are no longer the compulsory reading they once were.
Bishop of Bradford Rt Rev Nick Baines, one of the guiding lights of Church of England communications, said: “The whole media world has changed.
“People look at a church on the Internet not wandering around buildings.
“If we are trying to communicate more widely there are other more imaginative cost effective ways of doing it. “What we should not be is slaves to nostalgia and see if there is a better way of doing things.
“The other thing is you have to have the people to produce a church magazine which can be a problem these days”…
Sad, but true.
In the Catholic Herald today:
Pope Francis has said that the internet is “a gift from God” in his first World Communications Day message.
… Pope Francis said: “Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.
“The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
… By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone. We are called to show that the Church is the home of all…
The full text of Pope Francis’s message is here.
This is an incredible video:
I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process. The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.
Some thoughts worth reading on the use of iPads vs the physical Bible over at the Bible Design Blog.
The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing.
Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little time pressure. The pastor can commit to write 400 words a week in one post. I do recommend that the number of posts increase to at least twice a week later, but you need to start somewhere.
I think you will be amazed how much the blog benefits the church and your ministry. Here are seven reasons why it is so important…
Read them here.
A new type of stained glass just installed in a Saskatoon cathedral is trying to prove green can also be glorious, combatting the stereotype of ugly, bulky solar panels.
When the Cathedral of the Holy Family needed a new set of stained glass windows, Toronto artist Sarah Hall jumped in with a project she’s been working on since 2005 — one that combines old art techniques with new technology.
Working with engineer Christof Erban, who pioneered the concept of placing a solar cell between layers of glass, Hall’s solar-infused masterpiece is a colourful set of three giant windows set atop the Saskatoon church.
The work is called “Lux Gloria,” or “Light of Glory,” and the largest of the three windows measures 37-feet high by 12-feet wide. The windows — a display of silver solar cells fused with various colours of stained glass — simultaneously shade the church, harvest solar energy from outside and block out heat.
While the Saskatoon project is just one example of Hall’s work in the field of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) – her first installation went up in Washington, D.C., in 2005 – the Lux Gloria is the first of her pieces that feeds back into a city’s electrical grid. She has also worked on two projects in Toronto, one in Vancouver and one in Camas, Washington.
Hall’s studio said the embedded solar panels are capable of generating 2,500 kilowatt hours of power, or about 20 per cent of the electricity used per year in the average Canadian household.
However, it is likely that the power will be used by the cathedral itself.
In a statement, Hall says the Saskatoon installation is the “first cathedral in the world to incorporate solar energy collection into its stained glass windows, bestowing a threefold gift of beauty, inspiration and preservation of world resources.”
Hall started the Lux Gloria project by sketching three full-sized drawings, which were sent to a manufacturer in Paderborn, Germany, where large sheets of glass enamels were airbrushed by hand. The glass was tempered before 1,013 polycrystalline solar cells were soldered in by hand, coloured silver to match the artwork and then permanently embedded. Each solar panel is a different size and shape to add aesthetic appeal.
While solar panels are usually hidden away on buildings’ roofs, Hall hopes that calling attention to them will create awareness of the ease of harvesting solar power.
Hall is the first North American artist to specialize in BIPV, but she hopes her work will open doors to further energy conservation options.