Monday, March 09, 2009
Resource Review - I Am Episcopalian
I Am Episcopalian -
OVERALL - This is a brand new site from the national Episcopal church (launched on Ash Wednesday!). It is nothing more than Episcopalians talking about why they are Episcopalians.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? This site is the soul of simplicity. These are videos done by everyday folks, lay and clergy, talking about their church. They span the spectrum of ages and it's all done in their own voice. Each video is quite short (all less than a minute as near as I can tell). Some are "cradle" Episcopalians, some arrived here from other places. What's interesting is that the selection isn't intended to be static. Make one of your own and upload it and you too can be part of it all! It's easy to navigate because there's not many choices (other than which video to watch).
RESERVATIONS There are only 29 videos (plus a promo video) and no where near enough YOUNG PEOPLE! We ought to be able to fix that quick enough!
RECOMMENDATION This is fascinating as a place to listen to other people's stories even if it's only the Reader's Digest version. The more I look at it the more I think it could be a great conversation starter as well. Imagine sharing the video with your youth then asking them to discuss their reaction to the aspect of church brought up by the person. I believe that discussions of what it means to be an Episcopalian are one of the areas of greatest need in our denomination. I hope this site grows and so does the discussion.