In this issue:
  • Verity A. Jones leads our webinar on January 19
  • Links to recordings from our Fall webinars
  • It's time to renew your membership for 2016
  • Looking towards Spring 2016 at ALLLM
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New Media and Community Formation: What's at Stake?

with Verity A. Jones
Tuesday January 19, 2pm ET


What if we asked theological questions about today’s digital communication patterns and tools, in addition to the practical questions about how to do it? Digital tools like social media are changing the very way in which relationships and communities are formed, and even defined. What does that mean for how we think theologically about the body of Christ in the world today? This presentation will explore what’s at stake as we think theologically about our communities.

Verity A. Jones is the executive vice president at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). She also serves as the project director of the New Media Project, which she founded in 2010 at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York before bringing it to CTS in 2012. She is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. '89), and Yale Divinity School (M.Div. '95), and is an ordained clergy person with joint standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Verity served as Senior Minister of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Terre Haute, Indiana, for six years, and Associate Minister of the Colchester Federated Church (ABC/UCC) in Colchester, Connecticut for three. She is the former publisher and editor of the award-winning magazine, DisciplesWorld and the past president of the Associated Church Press. She serves on the board of directors of Religion News Service LLC. Her work has also appeared in US Catholic, Faith and Leadership, Christian Century, Biblical Preaching Journal, and Journal for Preachers.

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(Note:  If you've already registered for the whole series,
there's no need to register again!)

Membership Renewal Time

It's that time of the year: time to think about Christmas presents, and Spring programs, and renewing your ALLLM membership.

Your membership fees help us support you,
and other providers of lifelong learning programs
through our webinar series,
our e-newsletter
and periodic face-to-face conferences.

There is no change in the fees for 2016.
$30/year for retirees and students
$60/year for individual practitioners
$100/year for institutional membership (up to five members)
$200/year for institutional membership (unlimited number from your institution)

Click HERE to join or renew for 2016

Webinar Recordings

Our webinars are designed to promote "live" interaction. It's always a privilege to connect with thought leaders in an informal setting, and have the chance to ask as many questions as possible.

But we also know that continuing educators are busy, and sometimes it's just not possible to join in on the day. Since we're trying to build an audience for this program, our Christmas gift to you is a collection of links to recordings of all the webinars we've done so far. We hope that if you enjoy these, you'll join up for one of the next "live" events, coming soon to a computer near you.

Click on the title of each webinar to view the recording:

Technology & Ministry: Pitfalls and Possibilities
   with Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University in Malibu

Beyond the Talking Head -- how to make webinars interactive and engaging
   with Stephen Fetter, United Church of Canada

Online Classes for Congregations & Educational Institutions
   with Von Clemans, PC(USA)) pastor/educator in Charlotte, NC

Strategies for Digital Storytellers
   with Kimperly Knight, Agnes Scott College and Extravagance UCC.


Plans for the New Year

The next ALLLM Open Forum is currently planned for Tuesday February 23 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. This is a chance to connect once again with other leaders of lifelong learning across the continent, share stories and strengthen our network. Please plan to join us.

Beginning in March 2016 our webinar programming will begin to highlight speakers and programs that you might want to consider inviting into your own learning setting. Last October's Open Forum identified that one of the things we need, as leaders of lifelong learning, is to enlarge our network of excellent presenters. We all have teachers we go back to on a regular basis, but there are times when we know an issue needs to be addressed and it's hard to find the right person to do it. Or perhaps we've nurtured a teacher to the point where they really deserve a wider audience than we can provide in just one institution. Our Spring webinars will expose you to teachers like that, as we offer "A Taste of ..." a variety of leaders and styles of teaching.

We'd like to start by featuring teachers/facilitators who are offering innovative and compelling ways to do leadership training in small church settings. If you know someone that you think your colleagues deserve to hear, please contact our webinar coordinator Stephen Fetter today. His email address is
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