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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

Azaria Chamberlain killed by dingo! Fair go mate!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Finally, we can all put to rest the horrific events that occurred at Eyre’s Rock (Uluru) in the central heart of the Australia in 1980. Parents, family, friends and the Australian community offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers for a destroyed family, who lost a baby to a dingo.  

The finding, of what turned out to be over 3 decades of inquests, court  cases and a royal commission, which had more twists and turns than any in Australian history or folklore, took on a surreal atmosphere when heard on radio when travelling from Roma to the Carnarnvon Gorge in the Central Highlands of Queensland, Australia, recently.

Roma is the beef heartland of Australia. Carnarvon Gorge is one of the most spectacular set of natural gorges in the world. To hear this radio announcement while between a major commercial meat processing centre and one where nature seems to stand still in time, causes a most surreal feeling - a tearing of the sensors between death and life.

Tears filled the car, as an enormous amount of empathy and grief was felt for the divorced parents, and their surviving children, of Australia’s first recorded baby dingo death.

Australians were so quick three decades ago to find Lindy Chamberlain both mother and murderer of her only daughter at that stage. Evidence, in hindsight, appears to have been offered to various courts more from the point of view of Lindy’s guilt, rather than her presumed innocence until proven otherwise.

The media vehemently supported this view. We, the community, inconceivably fell in-line to cast total guilt on to this now proven innocent mother.

Lindy’s family never recovered. Her marriage to Michael ended in divorce. Lindy was forced to leave her country, Australia, to try and live a normal life free from the abuse and guilt thrown at her by so many.

Lindy, Michael and their children had to endure the feeling of the convicted. Not once, but over and over, for more than three decades.

According to the coronial findings, the fact that a number of children have been found to have been killed by dingos over the past decade all over Australia, has contributed to today’s innocent announcement. Why, we must ask, were the initial prosecutors, and so many witnesses and others, not able to see that this was a real possibility for the death of Azaria?

As a nation we must feel shame for the failure of our legal system, for the ranging torrents of media hype for Lindy’s guilt and for our own inability to give another Australian a fair go. Something we hold so dear to our hearts – the right to a fair go for all. To help the down and out to be given a chance. To fight for the rights of the oppressed, the disadvantaged and others suffering social injustices.  The right to presumed innocent! A fair go - mate!

The 'Azaria Chamberlain killed by dingo! Fair go mate!' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed) - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 

‘Live for Greatness’ – Live for GOD

Friday, May 25, 2012

Having just written two blogs on the reality of God in our world, especially the digital world that so many of us now actually populate to a ridiculously high level:

Follow the moon beam – everyone is special in God’s eyes

God can’t be found in the computer screen, even less in the smart phone - just look skyward!

it came as quite a shock to read the advert on the back of a newspaper’s feature magazine lying next to me.

This magazine featured a world renowned watch with the caption, “Live for Greatness”.

Oh what a clash! The secular world screaming for us to buy a watch so that we can – “live for greatness”!

What could possibly be the greatness to which we are invited through having this watch on our wrists? May be we could look – COOL!!! Whatever this may mean?! May be we could look wealthy?! No doubt wealth is the answer to the meaning of life – not! So could there possibly be any other reason?

Facetiously, maybe we could wear the watch and time the time we spent with what is the most important existence in this world? But time is irrelevant to this reality! OK – let’s lose the watch! It is not important!!!

Let’s encompass God fully! Let’s live for greatness - for God - really!!! Let’s let God give us the time of our lives!

Nothing can beat the time we spend with God – nothing! God is especially present in our time with our spouse. He is especially present in our time with our family and friends. God is present when we live in the present. He is present in our time with nature, in fun times, in everyday times.

However, God is most especially present in our time with Him!!! Prayer!!! Silence!!! GOD!!!

The '‘Live for Greatness’ – Live for GOD' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 


God can’t be found in the computer screen, even less in the smart phone - just look skyward!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

As I looked skywards, for the first time in a long time, while sitting on the seashore on a bright full moon evening, it dawned very clearly on me, that God is so much more than can be found on a computer screen, or in a smart phone – as found in the digital world, found locked up in cyberspace.

We cannot lock God up. This is what the digital age actually does, whether deliberately or otherwise.

I came to the realisation, while looking towards the sky this evening, seeing the three levels of cloud, seeing the moon in all its glory on this full moon evening, seeing the awesomeness of nature at her best, that our concentration on that small computer screen, on a blinkered reality, diminishes the reality of the awesomeness of our God.

We become unintentionally closed to this reality of God – closed to God.

The small screen encourages small thinking – a small intellectualisation of the reality of God. Over time, we seem to believe consciously or subconsciously, that the reality of containment, as espoused by, or through, the computer screen, is actually real! It is NOT!

Not only small thinking becomes somewhat the norm, but small imagining, small emotionalising, small acceptance of the inherent, closeness of God, who is yet still way beyond our normal everyday actualities, becomes closed, becomes digitalised.

Imagine an existence where our imagination becomes locked inside a computer, or locked inside our own brain, which believes the digitalised world is real, hence becoming for all intent and purpose, an actually believed existence inside a computer - becomes digitalised i.e. becomes other computer worldly – yet still very real for the viewer of that computer screen.

Even greater disbelief for someone within the real world, would be seeing someone who is locked, by virtue of that person’s cyber-world reality, away from any real human emotion. That person is becoming more computer-emotional.

Becoming more one emotionally with the digital world and less one with the human world!

Wonderful human experiences within the real natural world can inspire anyone, even one within the emotionally and intellectually fraught cyber-world closed in realism, to see the reality of a very special God within our human existence.

More moon beams and sun beams are needed to figuratively shine on to the computer screen – to awaken the reality of the one behind these beams. The softness of the moonbeam and the strength of the sunbeam see our God in true action within this world.

 The 'God can’t be found in the computer screen, even less in the smart phone – just look skywards!' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 

 

 


Australian Catholic Media Conference 2012 - a summary of key points for the digital age

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The main points I gained from the Australian Catholic Media Conference 2012 were:

* we, the Church (and its institutions) need a strong loving presence in the digital world

* get the Catholic / Christian message out there

* be gentle and compassionate in your approach - use Jesus as your model

* tell your story, Jesus story and the Church's story - people love stories

* use blogs and social media, particularly You Tube, Facebook and Twitter - take the risk, yet have 'conditions of use' whereby you may cancel inappropriate responses

* [link one to the other for maximum output]

* develop well constructed websites and include links to good Catholic websites eg Fr Barron

* include on these websites podcasts, videos, texts, etc., of messages / sermons from key people within the parish [or school]

* support and promote quality mainstream media shows and articles relevant to the message eg ABC

* support and promote authentic social justice websites and activists

* use xt3.com website for youth involvement throughout Australia (from Sydney Archdiocese)

For an overview of the key speakers and a summary of their points go to the blog post at: 'Australian Catholic Media Conference 2012 - an Overview with Links'.

The 'Australian Catholic Media Conference 2012 - a summary of key points for the digital age' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com 



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