By Val Harlynn, Communications I have received several requests in the last few days about equipment to “step-up” recorded or live-streamed worship. I have been hesitant to offer advice as each congregation has unique needs. There is no one size fits all hardware or software package. Buying a box light and clip-on mic for a…

Ecumenical Leaders re-issue statement about in-person gatherings Denominational leaders from across the state of Iowa, including Bishop Michael Burk, re-issued their April, 28 letter about in-person gatherings. See the new statement: Denominational Leaders Remain United: Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings (May 7, 2020) Critical Incident Stress Management Webinar In the midst of a global…

by Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications Online Worship Attendance This week the churchwide organization release a tool to help measure online worship attendance. Measuring attendance when providing online worship is confusing, as are the data that social media and video platform provide. I have seen lots of reports that online worship attendance has been up!…

The Office of the Secretary has developed a FAQ for Remote Council and Congregation Meetings See the document   ELCA Churchwide announces the COVID-19 Response Fund, see the full letter for information about this fund.   The Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program has decided to postpone sending volunteers until the 2021-2022 year of…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications Music and Copyright for Online Worship  Please note this is not legal copyright advice, I’m not a copyright lawyer. This is a list of resources to help understand more about online worship and copyright law. If you want to learn more about intellectual property online, this video is a…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications The passage of the CARES act last week has many implications for congregations and nonprofits. For more information on any of this, or financial matters you may have questions about contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, [email protected] Paycheck Protection Program (applications open April 3) One part of the act…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications During this time, frequent communication is important. I know many people are trying out new technologies and ways of connecting while we can’t physically be together.  This is a way to share news and information from the Office of Bishop that has developed since eNews, which is published on…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications During this time, frequent communication is important. I know many people are trying out new technologies and ways of connecting while we can’t physically be together. This new weekly blog will serve as an update on Thursdays. This is a way to share news and information from the Office…

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