United Methodist Communications has announced plans for the inaugural United Methodist Podcast-a-thon event to take place on August 2, 2022.
The day-long event will showcase eight podcasts from the United Methodist general agencies delivered via Facebook Live on the ResourceUMC Facebook page.
“One of the wonderful aspects of podcasting relates to the independence of the medium: anybody can start and build a podcast. Because of this independence, we have a diversity of United Methodist-related voices and topics in podcasting that have all sprung up organically,” says the Rev. Ryan Dunn, Minister of Online Engagement, who hosts two of the podcasts. “Our hope with the Podcast-a-thon is to build some awareness around these independent voices and build a sense of connection and community amongst our podcast creators and our audiences.”
The schedule for the day features podcasts designed to inspire your faith and strengthen leadership (all times in Central Time Zone):
- 10 AM: Pastoring in the Digital Parish (United Methodist Communications) – Creating contemplative community online
- 11 AM: Get Your Spirit in Shape (United Methodist Communications) – Talking ministry with men with Greg Arnold
- 12 PM: Faith Talks (United Women in Faith) – A conversation with United Women in Faith
- 1 PM: MyCom Church Marketing (United Methodist Communications) – How We Work – Tik Tok with Piper Ramsey-Sumner
- 2 PM: Un-Tied Methodism (General Commission on Archives and History) – Exploring the roots of The United Methodist Church
- 3 PM: Voices from the Field (United Women in Faith) – Our giving at work in the world
- 4 PM: Church is Changing (Discipleship Ministries) – Host Paul Nixon explores digital church with Justin Cason
- 5 PM: Compass (United Methodist Communications) – The church, the state, and the label of “Christian”
(times/podcasts subject to change)
“The topics for the day are varied. We’ll have episodes on monastic digital communities, United Methodist history, insight for church leadership, and wariness of the label ‘Christian’ in today’s culture,” said Dunn. “Each podcast has its unique niche and flavor. So the Podcast-a-thon offers an assortment of ideas and expressions, but there’s also a sense of unity in working towards the goal of being a better church and growing in our faith. It’s a cool analogy for what we seek to do as United Methodists.”
The event’s location, Facebook.com/ResourceUMC, is the social media profile companion to ResourceUMC.org – a centralized portal to equip United Methodist leaders with helpful information and tools from the official agencies and across the connection.