Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes
A Guide to Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes
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Today's technology gives our congregations many options to connect our members and friends! Even though nothing can compare to face-to-face human interaction, there are many situations where we can use the internet to connect our people:

  • Online evening meetings so that parents with younger children and elders who avoid driving at night can participate.
  • Faith Development courses as webinars during the week where people would have long commutes to church.
  • Live-streaming Sunday services or other events for the travelers, snow-birds and others who can't physically make it to church.
  • Storytimes and other interactive programs for families with small children.
  • Hangouts or small group ministry using a web conferencing service.
  • Alternate ways of using technology for worship during inclement weather, quarantine or other situations where no one can get to the church building but we need community more than ever.

This e-book is a work-in-progress to help your leaders navigate technology and share ideas to help your congregation keep your people connected! This means we are publishing pages even if they are incomplete, and will update them with new information and your suggestions. 

For specific information for  also ​Modifying Sunday Morning for Pandemics.

Contents

  • By UUA Information Technology Service Staff Group
    What technology do you need to stream your Sunday Service? You'll need a subscription to an online streaming platform and the video and audio equipment that matches your budget and needs.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    During an emergency, such as inclement weather or a pandemic, you may need cancel in-person services altogether. In this case you may consider an all-online worship service.
  • By UUA Communications: Publications
    Learn what UUA publications you can use when streaming or posting recordings of your worship service.
  • The easiest way to stream a worship service is to use a phone or tablet, Wi-Fi, and Facebook Live, which is the simplest streaming system to use. (YouTube is also simple, but they now require that your YouTube channel have at least 1,000 subscribers to be allowed to stream from a mobile...
  • One fairly easy way to stream a worship service is to use a laptop computer, a webcam, Wi-Fi, and YouTube Live.
  • Zoom is an affordable paid service that has both streaming and meeting capbilities. It is used by the UUA, affiliates and many member congregations.
  • Your Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation or organization can hold meetings and training sessions over the Internet if it’s hard for you to gather in person.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Because hospitality is important to human relationships, learning how to host in online spaces is essential. People come with different levels of experience and comfort. Here are some tips to help host an online space that can help host an online space that can help build connections.
  • Online meetings and streaming worship don't work well for everyone. Here are some tips and tools to make your online programs more accessible.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Dr. Marcia McFee and Rev. Erika Hewitt discuss how to bring the fullness of our congregational relationships alive in online worship services.
  • By Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine
    Rev. Darcey Laine’ serves two of our small congregations. Because of her idea, congregations across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvannia have started “buddying up.”
  • By Helen Rose, UU Church of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL
    A script and video sample for explaining why church is moving online to her congregation's children by DRE Helen Rose
  • By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA
    Church of the Larger Fellowship past and present Learning Fellows share their top learnings about worship, connecting and doing church online.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Our people need to connect with one another. How might we use technology to make that happen during times of social distancing?
  • Understanding copyright law is not a normal part of church leadership! Here are some tips to help you navigate what music you can use and how to secure permissions.
  • By
    But what if you’re called on to stage a full congregational meeting, with formal debate on motions followed by auditable voting? Here's a robust sample procedure manual!
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    A quality Sunday morning experience online does not need to be complicated or highly technical. Especially helpful for smaller congregations.
  • By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA
    Learn what congregations and other groups are doing to maintain real connection virtually in times such as these. Guests include the Revs Mykal Slack, Jessica Star Rockers and Suzanne Fast.
  • By Larry Stritof, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
    Ideas for how you can make sure every vote is counted at your congregation's virtual meetings.
  • Sometimes circumstances call for special material—and the current pandemic is one such circumstance. We're grateful to the people here who have written and shared worship resources for worship in the time of Covid-19. ...
  • By Lisa Presley
    A case study of how the Zoom polling function worked for the MidAmerica Regional Assembly as a way to vote virtually.

For more information contact conglife@uua.org.

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