Inspires Online

Just got this in from the Inspires team. If you want to be in the know then I suggest you sign up for it too…

I’m writing on behalf of the Information and Communication Board of
the Scottish Episcopal Church with some information about Inspires
Online which will be launched next week.

You may be aware that the I & C Board has decided to make the printed
magazine of the Scottish Episcopal Church (Inspires) a quarterly
publication, thus reducing it from 10 times a year to 4 times a year.
This will be supplemented by an online newsletter. The initial
expectation that this newsletter (Inspires Online) will come out
monthly. This will contain more up to date news than the printed
magazine has been able to do and it is hoped that it will go some way
to solving a problem that some have perceived in our church, of it
being difficult to get news flowing around the Province.

The online newsletter will launch next week. All clergy whose e-mail
addresses are known to the General Synod Office have been signed up to
receive it. (If you don’t wish to receive it, there is an unsubscribe
link at the bottom of this e-mail and on every issue of the
newsletter).

However, this publication is for our whole church, not just for
clergy. For that reason, I’m writing to ask for your help in letting
others know about it.

If people who have not been signed up already wish to receive this
newsletter, then they need to go to
http://www.inspires.org.uk/subscribe
and fill out the simple form there.

I would appreciate any help you can give in getting this information
out. It could be included in congregational/diocesan publications,
websites, blogs, notices in church, service sheets etc.

I hope that this new communication tool will be useful and would like
to thank those who have been working on it, including particularly
Lorna Finley, the Provincial Communications Officer

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10 thoughts on “Inspires Online

  1. Another “lets disenfranchise those without computers” initiative. Will clergy be printing this out for those who
    (a) can’t afford a computer
    (b) don’t want a computer
    (c) only have dial up
    (d) like to read in bed/the bath/not off a screen?

  2. I’m interested in Agatha’s logic.

    Presumably she thinks that because people without computers cannot read what’s on a website, churches shouldn’t have them. I guess that also means that she thinks that because some people can’t read blogs, clergy shouldn’t keep them. (Unless they perhaps print them out too). It seems rather obvious then that she thinks that if some people can’t read her comments, she won’t make any more.

    Rather than a means to disenfranchise those without computers, the Information and Communication Board of the SEC, of which I’m the convener, has a policy of producing things in both web format and in print format. Different formats lend themselves to different forms of content.

    Its worth noting that the fact that some people can’t, or in quite large numbers won’t, read a printed copy of Inspires has never prevented the church from publishing it.

    The balance of print vs screen publishing has undoubtedly changed over the last few years and looks set to change further in ways that we probably cannot yet see clearly.

    Those who cannot access information through computers are increasingly likely to be left out of the information loop. The church may in time need to see them as people who need a special form of ministry.

    For now though, the I & C Board seems set to use as much modern technology as possible to magnify the message of the church through as many diverse channels as it can think of.

    Some days one just has to keep asking the question – WWGD? What Would Gutenberg Do?

    Presumably he had to deal with people who said that as most people couldn’t and shouldn’t read books he shouldn’t print Bibles.

  3. Gosh, and I just had a phone call from Ray who’s in his 80s to thank me for changing my blog design so that now he can keep up to date with the Blog via his Apple reader for the visually impaired. He’s got it. You need to keep up, Gill.

  4. This must surely be a welcomed move. I bet if the decision had been made to not publish online there would be accusations of the church being outdated and out of touch.

  5. Those who cannot access information through computers are increasingly likely to be left out of the information loop.

    Thank you for agreeing with me.

  6. I’m quite pleased by this decision, which manages to retain both the paper quarterly and the electronic newletter. Moreover, the email confirmation (which, quite sensibly) requires the recepitient to click a link to confirm that they did in fact, intend to sign up for the newsletter) is charming! ‘Almost welcome . . . click this link’ and then when you do click the link, an second email follows, ‘Welcome!’

    I commend whomever wrote those emails; how often does a routine subscription email exchange manage to be entertaining as well? This gives me high hopes for the newsletter.

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