Talking about bricks and mortar

In the 21st century, what’s a congregation? A gathering of people in a brick and mortar building? What about communities that gather using online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype? And what about the virtual world of Second Life? This afternoon I attended a UUA Board-hosted conversation on redefining congregations in our Association’s by-laws. In this segment I meet up with Abbey Tennis to discuss the conversation. Will Saturday’s PLENARY V be a historic vote to no longer specify that UUA member congregations be “local” congregations? (Don Skinner reported on the same event earlier today in his post Workshop: Do congregations need walls?)

Plenary V: Redefining Congregations for the 21st Century? from UU World on Vimeo.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Smith/1365460020 David Smith

    I feel that I am only getting snippets of the debate.u00a0 nnIs this a vote that online social networks will receive equal footing and equal voice with current congregations and fellowships?u00a0u00a0 nnIf so, what would be the qualifying criteria?u00a0 Who/how would authenticate that an online network like Second Life or CUU*YAN has the necessary credentials to participate in the UUA but [fill-in-the-blank] does not?nnAnd then there is the issue of financial stability/sustainability.u00a0 Today, most congregation members provide monthly financial support somewhere between their cable bill and a car payment.u00a0 I don’t know of any comparable level of financial commitment for an online community.u00a0 In the age of google and facebook, most people expect free. nnNone of these are deal-killers on their own, but just careful consideration. For someone who is not attending ga, where can I learn more? nn

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Smith/1365460020 David Smith

    I feel that I am only getting snippets of the debate.u00a0 nnIs this a vote that online social networks will receive equal footing and equal voice with current congregations and fellowships?u00a0u00a0 nnIf so, what would be the qualifying criteria?u00a0 Who/how would authenticate that an online network like Second Life or CUU*YAN has the necessary credentials to participate in the UUA but [fill-in-the-blank] does not?nnAnd then there is the issue of financial stability/sustainability.u00a0 Today, most congregation members provide monthly financial support somewhere between their cable bill and a car payment.u00a0 I don’t know of any comparable level of financial commitment for an online community.u00a0 In the age of google and facebook, most people expect free. nnNone of these are deal-killers on their own, but just careful consideration. For someone who is not attending ga, where can I learn more? nn

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Smith/1365460020 David Smith

    I feel that I am only getting snippets of the debate.u00a0 nnIs this a vote that online social networks will receive equal footing and equal voice with current congregations and fellowships?u00a0u00a0 nnIf so, what would be the qualifying criteria?u00a0 Who/how would authenticate that an online network like Second Life or CUU*YAN has the necessary credentials to participate in the UUA but [fill-in-the-blank] does not?nnAnd then there is the issue of financial stability/sustainability.u00a0 Today, most congregation members provide monthly financial support somewhere between their cable bill and a car payment.u00a0 I don’t know of any comparable level of financial commitment for an online community.u00a0 In the age of google and facebook, most people expect free. nnNone of these are deal-killers on their own, but just careful consideration. For someone who is not attending ga, where can I learn more? nn

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