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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

5min 5sec #TEDEd animated clip - The first #asteroid ever #discovered 1801 - Carrie Nugent

Text from youtube "Over the course of history, we’ve discovered hundreds of thousands of asteroids. But how do astronomers discover these bits of rock and metal? How many have they found? And how do they tell asteroids apart? Carrie Nugent shares the story of the very first asteroid ever discovered and explains how asteroid hunters search for these celestial bodies.

Lesson by Carrie Nugent, directed by TED-Ed.
Animation by Reza Riahi: "

Monday, 21 May 2018

12 min @TheCrashCourse clip - Get Outside and Have a #Mystery Play: Crash Course Theater #10

Text from youtube "Not long after drama reappeared in the unlikely home of European churches, the church decided again it didn't like theater. And so, the budding dramatic scene was kicked out into the harsh elements of the outdoors. So, they started having plays outdoors. Today we'll learn about mystery plays, cycle plays, pageant wagons, and how medieval European theater moved from being a religious phenomenon to a secular one. "

Saturday, 19 May 2018

5min @TEDEd animated clip - How the world's first subway system was built - Christian Wolmar

Text from youtube "It was the dawn of 1863, and London's not-yet-opened subway system — the first of its kind in the world — had the city in an uproar. Most people thought the project, which cost more than 100 million dollars in today's money, would never work. So how did they do it? Christian Wolmar explains how the London Underground was built at a time when no one had built a railway under a city before. 

Lesson by Christian Wolmar, animation by TED-Ed."

Thursday, 17 May 2018

4min 39sec @TheEconomist clip - How to solve the #refugee crisis

Text from youtube "The refugee crisis is one of the most pressing challenges for the world today: around 1 person in 100 is a refugee. David Miliband, a former British foreign secretary, offers his thoughts on how to solve it. "

Monday, 14 May 2018

#ruralpresence blog post - Rural Church ideas from Exeter Diocese’s 1st annual report on Growing the Rural Church

(this post was 1st published on the Rural Presence Blog)

Back in February 2018 @CofEDevon tweeted about the launch of their first Growing the Rural Church Annual Report.  The 16 page document covers the first year of their 7 year project, which is funded by the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund and their own Diocesan Synod.  With a project team of 4 the spend in 2017 was £106k (£49k in salaries) and the budget for 2018 is £287k (£144k in salaries).
Reflecting on their experiences so far they report that two things stand out: 
1. People are passionate about heritage buildings, for “their” church, a symbol of their village or community identity which should be open and available to them. 
2. For rural worshiping communities their church building often feels more of a burden than a blessing taking resource away from their passion for mission.
Through their pilot projects they are starting to see glimpses of what can happen when conversations are facilitated between people with one or both of these passions.  These develop when worshipping and non-worshipping members of communities come together to ask two questions, first, ‘What does our community need?’ and second, ‘How might our church, as people and a building, meet that need?’
As a quick heads up for you I’ve summarised below the projects and ideas the report covers.
  1. St Mary’s, Walkhampton – Champing™ with The Churches Conservation Trust – the church is used regularly for worship and community events.  From spring 2018 it will also be used as accommodation for tourists.  This will provide income for the church as well as for local food businesses.
  2. All Saints, North Molton – Developing a Community Enterprise with Stir to Action – the community is exploring, with Friends Provident Foundation’s Stir to Action consultancy, options for the development of a community enterprise.  Ideas include: a cinema, a business hub, a community energy company and a cafĂ©.
  3. Shirwell Mission Community – Stories on the Street – 7 rural parishes are partnering with Mosaic Creative and Mothers’ Union to pilot a UK version of Tearfund’s Church and Community Mobilisation initiative.  It uses bible study, workshops and initiatives to support community action addressing local challenges.
  4. Two Rivers Mission Community – Exploring Community Involvement in Caring for Church Buildings – 4 of the communities’ 11 rural parishes are partnering with Devon Communities Together  and engaging over 400 people in their communities to developing a shared vision for the future of their churches.
  5. Sharing learning – there are webpages with advice and guidance.  Over 40 enquiries from Mission Communities have been given guidance, signposting and case study examples.  They are also engaging in ongoing learning conversations, exchange visits and learning events with 10 other diocese.
  6. Communications – With 3 explicit communications aims for 2017 they have used webpages, videos, case studies, magazine/newsletter articles and speaking engagements.  Videos are popular and Twitter @GtRCDevon has been used to build connections with potential partners at county and national level.
  7. Monitoring and Evaluation –  By March 2018 they aim to develop an Impact Measurement Framework to examine their activities, the outputs, how they help meet desired outcomes, and their learning.  For example, one key outcome is that mission communities have more energy and capacity for mission and discipleship.
  8. Other activities from the 8 pilot projects in 2017 (including those in 1-4 above)
  • Supporting the review and implementation of Mission Action Plans
  • Exploring releasing people from administrative or governance tasks into mission
  • Piloting resources that support the development of mission focused initiatives
  • Delivering community consultations
  • Exploring alternative governance structures for the care of rural church buildings
  • Developing enterprise uses of church building
  • Supporting the development of community groups to share the care of rural church buildings.
9. Plans for 2018
  • Increasing resources to support mission and ministry
  • Developing best practice approaches – e.g. support to different ‘categories’ of rural churches, such as festival churches, rural resource churches and tourism churches.