DioFW@GenCon

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth's Deputation to Episcopal General Convention

Hello, General Convention!

This is the official blog of the Fort Worth deputation to the Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention. Stay tuned for news, events, stories, observations, food, pictures, and all the fun you would expect from a bunch of Texas Episcopalians.

Capturing Video to Tell Your Episcopal General Convention Story

Tips for Flips and Smartphones by Susan Kleinwecher, Social Media Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Publishing video to explain and show your event is a great way to connect to your audience. Using your smartphone, tablet, or Flip video camera is an easy way to capture your video. Planning for success includes understanding the capabilities and limitations of these recording devices and how to overcome them. Smartphones and Tablets: Most mobile device users take decent HD video. Most mobile devices capture poor sound, because the internal microphone is not powerful. Having said that, we always use what we have, because the worst camera ever is the one you don’t have with you. The major challenges while shooting are stability and lighting. This article offers easy-to-read, common-sense tips for lighting and stability, as well as overcoming the limitations of your camera’s sensors:

The House of Bishops Recognizes and Commends the Leadership of the Diocese of Fort Worth and Other Reorganizing Dioceses

The House of Bishops today (July 8, 2012) passed a Mind of the House Resolution unanimously by roll call vote. A Mind of the House Resolution: “Resolved, That Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Quincy and San Joaquin – lay and clergy – be commended for their unflagging efforts to continue to witness to God’s mission as The Episcopal Church during recent difficult times as they reorganize their continuing dioceses in that same spirit; and be it further Resolved, that the leadership in each of those four continuing dioceses be commended for their similar efforts, including in particular the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Rt. Rev. John Buchanan, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy; and the Rt. Rev. Chester L. Talton, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, and especially the strong lay leadership of each diocese.” Read the followup story from the Episcopal News Service.

Diocese of Fort Worth Goes to General Convention

It happens every three years. It’s a combination of family reunion, tent revival, legislation session, county fair, liturgical fashion show, and giant sing-along. It’s General Convention and the bishop and deputies from the Diocese of Fort Worth will be there. What’s more, the whole diocese is invited to come along — well, at least virtually. The 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is July 5 through July 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana. General Convention is the governing body of our church. Registration begins Wednesday, July 4, and legislative committees begin their work that morning. The first legislative session is at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 5. Several people from the Diocese of Fort Worth will be attending General Convention. Below you will find who they are, what they will be doing, and how you can stay connected to them and to the news from Indianapolis. WHO THEY ARE: The Fort Worth deputation is led by Bishop Wallis Ohl. Lay deputies are Deputation Chair Kathleen Wells (Trinity FW), Victoria Prescott (ECPC), Katie Sherrod (St. Lukes’s FW) and Bob Hicks (St. Christopher FW). Clerical deputies are David Madison (All Saints, FW), Susan Slaughter (St. Luke’s, FW), Fred Barber (retired) and Amy Heynie (St. […]

Tweeting about the Episcopal General Convention

A short primer on Twitter, suitable for any deputation, but written for @diofw tweeps by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Convention deputies and anyone tweeting about convention will use a personal accounts, not our diocesan twitter account @diofw. We want a lot of voices tweeting! Getting Started: At twitter.com, create an account, select a username, and in your profile, upload a photo that looks like you.  In your account settings, do NOT protect your tweets (you may change that in a month). Tutorial: Good Twitter Tutorial from gcflearnfree.org Connect with the diocese: search for and follow @diofw. @diofw will add all tweeters in our deputation to a public, subscribable twitter list: @diofw/GC77. The list aggregate our voices. Other people can subscribe to it. Here’s how! to subscribe to/follow other people’s lists: At the start (starting now): Start listening to the conversation! Search  #gc77 in the twitter search box. Follow people you want to hear more from, find other hashtags that interest you #episcopal #tweeps.  Learn how to retweet (RT), reply & mention (@reply & @mention), send a direct message (DM), subscribe to a list.  Go to twitter help  https://support.twitter.com/ and search for an unfamilar term. […]

Who, me? You say I should “be social” at General Convention?

The Strategy of Using Social Media at the Episcopal General Convention by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church brings the opportunity for participants to share so much of their experiences in the governance of TEC and the shaping of the future of the church. And it is vital to do so, in ways perhaps unfamiliar to many. It’s insufficient in 2012 to simply go home and write a 2-page article and publish it along with the rest of your July news and email or snail-mail it to your normal recipients. Yes, by all means, do that, but do more, and do it during General Convention. The “more” is important. It is vital to the life of our church in a time that we so clearly need to grow and reach further, especially to younger audiences, ones that will become the leadership of our church. It is vital to help “folks at home” understand the topics and discussions and decisions that shape our church.  It is important that we do this in a social context, because that’s where our reach is both strategic and effective. It is […]

Writing About Episcopal General Convention

Who, me? Write? I’m not a Reporter! by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth It might have gone down like this: the bishop said, “You guys are all going to write during General Convention, and we are going to publish it. We’re not waiting until we get home.” Blank stares around the room, curt, affirmative nods, except from the excited communications director, who worked late into the night to get a small team very busy on the how. (There will be more on that). Did something like that happen with your convention possee? For the next few weeks, deputies and alternates from all over the country are asked to become content creators and to publish things digitally. So here are some basic instructions for folks who are writing and publishing: You must contribute. Write about what is going on. Write about the context surrounding what is going on. Write what you think about what is going on. Write about how you feel about what is going on. Write about your spiritual experiences, connections and revelations. Take pictures and video of what is going on. Use the pictures and video to help people understand and […]

Using Facebook for Episcopal General Convention

Admittedly, this is a timid approach to using Facebook by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth What Facebook is: it’s the largest social  network in existence, used more than any other on the planet. Getting Started: Go to facebook.com and create an account. Set up an account, upload your image/avatar.   Find some friends! You’ll find people you know on Facebook, along with organizations you care about. Tutorials: https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=260315770650470&ref=hcnav http://www.gcflearnfree.org/socialmedia   http://www.gcflearnfree.org/facebook101 Connect with the Diocese:  Go to facebook.com/DioFW and “Like” the diocese page. This will allow you to receive updates to the page and post to the page. Post to our Diocesan Facebook Page: Our page allows posts by fans. Go for it! Post your resources, information, and links to blogs on our page; post to your personal profile as well.  Page admins may re-post your information to extend its reach. Where are the tags? Facebook does not tag content. It’s quite different from WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest. It focuses on people connections, not content connections. Tag your content everywhere else, but not facebook. Go Mobile: When you’re comfortable with using Facebook in your computer browser, know that every major mobile platform has a good, […]

Using Pinterest for Episcopal General Convention

You mean I can Pin about GC77? Sweet! by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth What Pinterest is: CNET says, “If Tumblr and StumbleUpon had a baby, they would likely give birth to Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board with pins; users grab things from around the internet and pin them to boards. Boards, owned by a user, possibly with other contributors,  are the organization tool, organized loosely around a topic or inte rest.  The shareable content is called a pin; it is usually an image of some kind, with a description, links, and descriptive tags. In Pinterest the focus is on on quality images. It’s about (1)content (2)sharing and (3)sharing & commenting.  Got that? Sharing is real big on pinterest. Getting Started: Go to Pinterest.com and request an invite; Pinterest is invitation-only now, but don’t let that be intimidating; it helps them manage their exponential growth without overloading their infrastructure and disrupting your access.  The email address you use is the one Pinterest will issue an invitation to.  Activate the invitation following the instructions in the email you will receive. Set up an account, upload your image/avatar. Tutorial: http://pinterest.com/about/help/   http://www.gcflearnfree.org/socialmedia At the start: […]

Using Tumblr for Episcopal General Convention

Tumblr – Multi-media blogging with little moderation responsibility! by Susan Kleinwecher, social media coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth What Tumblr Is: Tumblr is a microblogging service providing a short-form blog, or tumblelog, with an array of features allowing easy posts of text, quotes, photos, links, audio, and video posts. The multimedia platform is adaptable and easy to use. According to DigitalSherpa, “You can set up a Tumblr blog and be posting in the time it takes you to brew your morning coffee.” UnlikeTwitter, on Tumblr you don’t have to battle an uncomfortable 140-word character limit and you may freely post graphics with your posts. Tumblr combines all  the traditional elements of a blogging platform with the social and sharing features of popular social media networks, in a simple and concise platform. Ahah! Tumblr does not have a comment feature. Wow, that simpifies moderation responsibilities! Getting Started: At Tumblr.com, sign up for an account. Get familiar with your dashboard, which is where new posts of blogs you follow will be. Upload a portrait photo that looks like you for your primary blog, and a relevant image to represent any secondary blog like one you might have for the […]

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