Friday, May 29, 2009

What is Unitarianism? Video

For those of you who don't know me personally and wonder what I look and sound like: here I am:

Well done to the DUWIT folks for getting us some good videos on YouTube at last.


Blogger Paul Oakley said...

Thanks for posting this, Stephen! I had run across the group of Youtube videos in this series just the day before your post. Your post inspired me to post some of them, including yours, on my blog, together with a humorous piece and a couple of UU spots:


2:26 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that these clips do much for the contributors nor for the denomination.A visual medium requires more visual material and less text - watch any good documentary for evidence of this.Much more to the point would be for churches to post audios of their services'/sermons - Dublin does quite frequently ; apart from 'being on You tube, these clips don't work for me - I'm sorry to say the same goes for David Usher's pieces - couldn't he have been video'd in an interesting chapel ?

4:25 pm  
Anonymous Tim (S Manc) said...

I'm not sure what you're getting at, Anon. You say that visual contributions need less text, but you then go on to recommend audio downloads of sermons.

The videos were made on a budget of zero. I think they serve as useful soundbites and they communicate sincere testimony about why the participants are Unitarian. The sincerity is the key, and I think that's all that matters to anyone who is trying to find out more on Unitarianism and searches the word on Google and YouTube.

For an example of the opposite kind of religious film: check out this latest offering from the Mormons. It's slick, but incredibly cynical; it tries so hard to be subtle that the propaganda jumps right out at you.

9:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was striking how Christian these videos sounded - despite being a denomination that for years has tried to paint itself as something 'more than Christian'.....

11:58 am  
Blogger Stephen Lingwood said...

That is an interesting observation Anonymous. I think it's interesting to note the difference between someone saying something on behalf of all Unitarians and trying to be "inclusive" (as David Usher is doing) and people speaking only on their own behalf (as the other speakers in this series do). I've always thought it's much better to have a variety of different voices rather than one voice trying to speak for everyone.

When people do speak for themselves they are able to go deeper rather than broad and engage in a "language of reverence." I hope the amount of "Christian" talk in this videos represents a movement coming to a kind of spiritual maturity, no longer running away from the depths of religious realities, and comfortable with its roots.

3:00 pm  

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