9/23 Event: “Never Alone? The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age”

LIKE - (C) IstockPhotoInterested in social media, changing technology and culture? This coming Wednesday, October 23, 2013  I am speaking at the Learning Community at First Church Boston.  The talk is titled   “Never Alone?  The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age.”   If you’re in the greater Boston area I hope you’ll join me.   There is an optional dinner ($) before the talk, but the talk at 7:30pm is free and open to the public.  It will be a combination of presentation followed by discussion.  Full details below.

“Never Alone?  The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age”
Speaker:  Peter Bowden
October 23, 2013  First Church Boston, MA
66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02116 Map
7:30pm Presentation – Free
6:00pm Optional Dinner – $12  Online Reservation for Dinner

Thanks to smart phones, people across the world are becoming increasingly connected to the Internet and each other. There are now more cell phones on our planet than toilets, and these phones are getting smarter and smarter. The trends in our country?  Despite the vast potential of social media and tools like Facebook and Twitter to bring us together, we are statistically some of the loneliest people on earth.  What happened?  Where are we going?  Combining presentation and facilitated discussion, we’ll explore the trends and the all important question: “What kind of lives and communities do we want to create?”

Peter Bowden is an independent television producer, and consultant working with nonprofits and congregations helping them adapt to changing technology and culture.   Peter is a frequent speaker and is known for his contagious enthusiasm. He is the husband of Amy Freedman, consulting minister at First Church.

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The 2013 Minns Lecture Series

Friends,  here are details for the  2013 Minns Lectures. I’m honored to be offering one of the three lectures.  Note that while this is a free event, there will be an online registration/RSVP.  See http://www.minnslectures.org~  Peter

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The 2013 Minns Lecture Series
March 8 & 9, 2013
Boston, MA

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Young for Liberty:  The UU Movement in the 21st Century

In the spirit of William Ellery Channing, who once said, “I was always young for liberty,” the Minns Lectures for 2013 will be structured around three lively interactive presentations on how our free faith tradition speaks to, and in the past reached out to, young people – and how today’s revolution in social media can reshape, enlarge, and invigorate that outreach today.

Join us on March 8 and 9 in Boston, in person or online, for these three important lectures.  [I’ll be sharing more about the online details shortly. Peter]

Lecture 1

AG-MinnsFriday, March 8, 7-9 pm
No-cost reception included
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont Street, Boston
King’s Chapel House, 64 Beacon Street, Boston  (Changed Location!)

Sticking with Stories: Unitarianism and the Creation of Children’s Literature
Delivered by the Rev. Andrea Greenwood

Rev. Greenwood has served congregations in Atlanta, GA, and Watertown, MA. A strong advocate for special education both in the church and in the broader community, she is currently writing a biography of the Newbery Medalist, Elizabeth Enright – a Unitarian and the niece of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lectures 2 and 3

NK-MinnsSaturday, March 9, 10 am-2:30 pm
No cost lunch included
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston (Google Map)

Ministry in the Age of Collaboration: Congregations in a Hyper-Connected Generous World
Delivered by the Rev. Naomi King
Rev. King ministers locally and at large with City of Refuge Ministries, utilizing social media to join global houses of study, prayer, and action, and to grow faith communities in and beyond congregational walls. Via a mix of spiritually minded blogs and faith development programs, her ministry reaches around the world, engaging multifaith partners as well as Unitarian Universalists.

PB-MinnsMinistry in the Age of Collaboration: Faithful Practices and Principles
Delivered by Peter Bowden
A television producer and parish consultant, Mr. Bowden runs Leading Congregations, [was the author of the UU Growth Blog, now archived on this site], and UnitarianUniversalism.TV.  He is dedicated to helping religious leaders master changing culture and technology.

The Minns Lectureship Committee of King’s Chapel and First Church in Boston sponsors an annual series of lectures by UU ministers on religious topics of historical importance and contemporary relevance. Last year’s lectures by former UUA president the Rev. John Buehrens explored the renewal of Unitarian Universalism in the 21st century.

Video, audio, and texts for these lectures and for earlier ones, along with additional details on the 2013 lectures and how to register (at no cost), can be found on the Minns website.

The committee welcomes innovative proposals for lectures in 2014 and beyond. Guidelines on proposal submissions and a short history of this unique lecture series are also posted on the website.

Occupy Your Faith – A Boston Unitarian Universalist Revival

Event announcement via Matt Meyer. “Please pass it along to everyone you know!  Pass it along to youth group leaders and youth, friends and family, choir members and musicians, clergy and college students!  The RSVP will let us know how much food to get and how much help we’ll need with childcare.”

Boston UU Revival on May 12th!
Join us for a service of song, story, and reflection.
4-6pm.  Dinner to follow

Music by: Matt Meyer, Mark David Buckles,
and “The Music Committee,” a contemporary UU band.
$15 suggested donation.
An offering for the UU Urban Ministry will be taken.

Childcare Available
RSVP HERE



Occupy Your Faith
A Boston Unitarian Universalist Revival

Join us for an energetic service of song, story, and reflection as we share in a celebration of the transforming message of Unitarian Universalism.

Saturday, May 12th
Worship begins at 4pm, with a shared dinner to follow at 6pm.
RSVP HERE

Childcare will be available

At the UU Urban Ministry
10 Putnam st. in Roxbury
 
<10 min walk from Roxbury Crossing T stop

Music by: Matt Meyer, Mark David Buckles, and “The Music Committee” a contemporary UU band.
Suggested donation of $15.
A free-will offering will also be taken for the UU Urban Ministry of Boston.

Welcome

Ah, the scent of a fresh new website!  Welcome to my new website and blog. I’ve worked on a wide range of social media projects and have been waiting for some of these to end before launching my own blog.

Over the last year my work has been growing  to include helping individuals and small organizations take their next steps with video and social media.   I’m enjoying the expanding scope of my work as I’m an educator at heart and love meeting and collaborating with new people.  For the last seven years I’ve been commuting to Boston to work on several nationally syndicated television shows.

This Summer I am moving to Cambridge, MA.  I look forward to meeting and working with those of you in the greater Boston area in person.