On the left column are the beginnings of our Home Made Videos.
1. Parish Skit - This is a video I have used at the Confirmation Enquiry night and also in confirmation classes - it is on commitment. May-2011 We called it "Grand Final"
2. Parish Skit - This is a video we used to promote the Young Vinnies group.
We called it "I Believe"
3. Prayer video - Using prayertoons.
This is a home made video from the Prayertoon collection.
Stations of the Cross on Y-tube: click to watch
The TED conference has collected fascinating people from around the world to share ideas, collaborate, and inspire. Narrowing the field of these excellent films is tough, but here are five TED Talks from the past few years we've selected as standouts for ministry leaders.
Sit back with a notepad, and enjoy!
"In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated."
Takeaways: While our society rewards extroversion, introverts bring essential qualities to teams and communities. Parents and Educators will find relevant points here on team building, vision casting, and relating across personality types. Ready to go deeper? Read "The Introverted Leader."
"People aren't just cooking anymore—they're cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for—gasp—'monotasking.'"
Takeaways: Doing more at a time doesn't mean doing better. Cardini posits that multitasking dilutes our attention, energy, and productivity, and shares his creative response to the problem. This will be inspired to craft your own creative response to the problem of multitasking. Also read "Time for Things that Matter" and "Pastor with ADD."
"Brené Brown studies human connection—our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share."
Takeaways: Shame and self doubt are universal human experiences. Vulnerability is the key to true relational openness. You will find a lot here to chew on, and be reminded of the power—and difficulty—of being truly vulnerable. More relevant reads? Try "The Transparent Pastor" and "Skimming" for ways that these principles relate to ministry leaders.
"At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there—because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)"
Takeaway: This is a moving story of working with prisoners and their families. Ministry to the disenfranchised often requires extra creativity and a sense of optimism. Sympathetic, loving ministry can change the course of a life. Read "Making Ministers of Inmates."
"Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them."
Takeaway: Godin hits a productivity nerve in this hilarious talk. Leaders are prompted to think about the "brokenness" of their own systems or patterns. Next steps? Look carefully at your routine to "redeem the time." Also, don't miss "Know Thy Time"
Easter using the tune of 'Hallelujah' ... Kelly Mooney
Priest singing at a wedding: Hallelujah
Video for light relief - Every football fan will like this ...
Videos from other sources that are inspiring:
Why I am a Jew? Jonathan Sacks
"The deepest question any of us can ask is: Who am I? To answer it we have to go deeper than, Where do I live? or What do I do? The most fateful moment in my life came when I asked myself that question and knew the answer had to be: I am a Jew. This is why."
Video on being involved and the cost of doing it - but also the cost of not doing it!
How did you feel when you finished watching the talk?
Video about Vision and possibility - Shinning Eyes - in the brilliant category - imagine if we as a parish could do this for everyone? Different ways of seeing life ... Downward spiral vs Possibility
Video on change your words change the way you see things .. and your response. Blind man
Video about Jesus came to call us to relationship with God
Excellent Video on Listening (5 Ways to Listen Better)
Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what - A Ted Talk which is very challenging. It speaks of dealing with disabilities and differences.
Video about on-line learning and its advantages:
Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education
How to help build family. It uses modern business research material!!
How to deal with bullying without becoming a thug! At the individual level and the community level.
Irish Blessing -
On communication - Her insight is for Scientists but it applies to all:
Topic + (Stories + Images) - (Jargon + Bullet Points)/Relevance x Passion = Understanding (5 mins)
Vulnerbility and Relationships - in the brilliant category 2010! (20min)
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Follow up talk from her talk on vulnerbility 2012.
Pope Francis - 2 mins wisdom on marriage!
"My Mother Kept a Garden, a Garden of the Heart" on the gift of Motherhood.
The Creed - and saying it with meaning and heart!
Called to Serve - compliments one of my homilies - "Who wouldn't I love if I didn't know their story!"
Reflection on what it means to be a Jew - but it is very similar for what it means to be a Christian and an authentic human being.
Jerusalem video about the Holy City.
Stations of the Cross - On the Internet - Very contemporary and based around the Kingdom of God
This video is called Stethoscope it is an interesting 2 min. reflection using songs. At the end - Ask the congregation to hold their hand on their hearts .. "Jesus Lives in Me" x3
Then point to the person in front of you, to your left, to your right and behind - "Jesus Lives in You"
Emmanual singing "Imagine" from x-factor. Emmanuel is from Moria Kelly's orphanage in Melb. Some would rate this among the most moving performances you will see!
Martin Luther King's Speech for freedom
Finding Joe - Hero's Journey from Joseph Campbell
Gabrielle's song about living authentically from 'As it is in Heaven'
Video on Light and its meaning
New Year Prayer and Song
God made me for a purpose and when I run I feel his pleasure - Chariots of Fire.
Video of an Ethiopian man who is a carpenter with no hands!
Story of Ben Coman - boy with cerebal palsy and a runner
Hallelujah by Eskimo village children - creative!!
A You-Tube on Creation - I believe (stunning!!)
A You-Tube about the power of Words!
A You-Tube on * Charter of Compassion
You-tube about Reversing the today's trends - entiled Lost Generation.
There are many Nooma video's by Rob Bell - just do a serach on Y-Tube.
A You-Tube on wonder - bees and birds
Today as gift/Gratitude - Brilliant - Louie Schwarzberg -
100 languages of Children - tragic video
Invictus poem on Nelson Mandella's prison cell
Power of Kindness - Reflections with a song
Who makes a difference? Richest, best, or those who touch us
Digital Christmas! Using internet to tell the Jesus story.
Let heaven and nature sing! David Attenborough on what a beautiful world.
Gratefulness - Bro David Stendle-Rast
Memory improvement - not religious :)
Ran Gavrieli at TEDxJaffa 2013