Copyright and Fair Use. Part one – images

The internet has made things easy to find, and easy to take and use without permission.  As a matter of legal right, and Quakerly integrity, it’s important to think about copyright and fair use concerns when creating media for your own use.  This has become more complicated as everyone now seems to have an easy…

An easy guide to GIFs – graphics that catch attention

I love to learn new things.  I like posts that seem fun.  This fit the bill for me!  I get asked how I create these sort of posts more than anything else – and with Canva they are very easy to do! What is a gif? A GIF, or Graphical Interchange Format, is a bitmap…

Facebook Live – making the Church visible

In the past few weeks, I’ve embarked on a new experiment in digital ministry – Facebook live!  This is a very popular method of sharing on social media.  I’m learning as I go – and have made some mistakes along the way.  However, with a little pre-planning and practice, the results have already been good…

Creating a digital invitation for Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions

As my work for the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, I serve as administrator of our social media accounts, and create lots of graphics and video for many of those posts.   One of our big events is our Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions – held in August in Castleton Vermont.  We may have up to…

Canva – a useful FREE graphics tool for your meeting

One of the most useful tools I have found for creating online media graphics is Canva.  This free program allows you to create great graphics, that look professional, and can be easily downloaded and shared.  The upgraded version is free for churches.  I recommend the benefits of this paid version – although I used the…

Technology is a tool. How will you use it with mindful intention?

Image: Wayne Dahlberg   Image: Rosangela Ludovico   I was taken aback this week with yet another photo of a crowd of people, at a public show, “preoccupied” with their cell phones instead of watching the show like they should.  There was one older woman in the picture, no cell phone, obviously using the wisdom of…

Learning from Others: Where to find inspirations and advice

I had a good teacher friend tell me once, “The best teachers are the best thieves”.  He didn’t recommend formally “stealing” ideas without credit or attribution – but he did realize that sometimes the best practitioners of any craft have learned to learn from others.  I am no “techie” by trade – but I spend…

Facebook posts: suggestions for content

Congratulations – your Meeting has a Facebook page!  Now what should you post? Reminder:  Facebook is social media.  Be prepared to post 2-3 times a day, sharing various content, asking questions and engaging with people that comment on your page.  An unmoderated, neglected page is worse than no page at all – it shows you…

Setting up your Meeting’s Facebook page

Congratulations!  Your Meeting for Business has discerned a Facebook page would be a helpful addition to your toolkit of Outreach materials.  You have create a basic set of posting guidelines.  You have named multiple administrators to shepherd the page.  It is now time to actually set up a Meeting Facebook page.  It may be help…