Sunday, 27 February 2011
I'm just back from the Unitarian Communication Coordinators Conference at The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire (SK17 8RH to have a look) which started on Friday afternoon and continued until Sunday afternoon. This is the first time I have seen some Unitarians for many years, and there were a few surprises too for my slow to recognise clockwork mind. So I made some good contacts and friends very quickly.
The first gathering was a pre-session in which we could just work on posters for real or imaginary events. My effort involved using Microsoft Publisher not touched since decades back, and given my other contacts I created a spoof Ordinariate poster for Anglicans after the Covenant. Some of this issue 'over there' was in my conversation for folks 'over here' - especially as we want these same sex partnership blessings in our churches and have a positive view embracing difference of beliefs. Then we had a session on making phantom friends from Angela Maher - a marketing tool about focussing on who would be interested in Unitarianism so that materials target specific ideal types of people rather than vague generalities. Next day we had a session on radio spots and interviewing, from Rev. Bob Wightman, the Unitarian (once Congregationalist) minister who appeared often with Terry Wogan and had his own programme on Radio Tay. Then came how to do press releases from writer of many such Kate Taylor and then rating posters from the very hard working website man James Barry. Afternoon sessions were practical - I went to the radio one because (I think) it overlaps with service taking and other public speaking. The evening brought various efforts to the wider crowd plus a look at the weekend, with Sunday morning having a look forward to this time next year, then worship and then socialising up to lunch. There were also two evenings in the local pub (for those who went) and later chat.
I'll make a number of blog entries from my weekend (I've also a few catching up tasks to do at home - and there are photographs to sort and edit and I am making contact with a few folks at the weekend).