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…

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…

The Social Media Gospel

  This book, while to written in a specifically Quaker context, has been HUGELY helpful to me in areas of social media.  Gould looks at the options for social media engagement from the “Church” perspective – how we are called to share a message, build community, and speak in gospel order in digital spaces as…

The opposite of “digital” is…

In a class I took recently, Jim Keat shared a helpful perspective that had not formally occurred to me before.  He said we often get stuck in a strange error of perspective – and that the opposite of digital ministry is “in person” ministry.  NOT “real” ministry, as I have sometimes been told.  Jim explained…

Creating a Facebook Event

So your meeting has a Facebook page.  Congratulations!  There are a number of basic things you can do to help the page help you.  One wonderful aspect of Facebook pages is their ability to share Facebook “Events”.  Here’s a bit about the why and the how. Why? A Facebook “Event” is a notice of a…

Creating a Social Media Policy for your Meeting

So your meeting has decided to have a presence on social media.  Now what? In developing our own policies for both the New England Yearly Meeting, and my own monthly meeting, a few key concerns rose around this.  How we thought about handling these concerns became our social media policy (in this case, for Facebook)….

Should my Quaker Meeting/Church have a Facebook presence?

The short answer: yes! I hear from meetings grappling with this question a lot.  Here’s a few things to consider when discerning a social media presence (primarily Facebook). Please note this is about a public Facebook PAGE, not a Facebook group (a different thing). For many people, the first introduction to your meeting is an…