The "UCC at 50" will begin its year-long golden anniversary celebration on Nov. 5, All Saints Sunday, with a "real time" web streaming event.
"The notion is that the whole church will be participating in a real-time, online event," says the Rev. Robert Chase, the UCC's communication director. "It will take place at the same time from Maine to Hawaii."
It's tentatively set to begin at 6 p.m. (ET). Described as a time for "worship, work and play," the web streaming will include interactive applications, including the ability for churches to email digital photos that will be posted immediately for all to see, Chase says.
"They'll be able to see themselves, as well as others across the nation, as the event unfolds," he says. "It will be a fun, exciting opportunity for us to get a sense of our national ministry, even as we gather in our local settings."
The Rev. Cliff Aerie, the UCC's special events producer, says it's a contemporary way for the church to gather nationally to celebrate the launch of the UCC's 50th year - and to do so inexpensively. From any computer, a UCC member will be available to tune in, but the hope is that UCC members will gather to participate in groups.
Other 50th anniversary highlights include a commemorative publication and historical DVD, local and regional events, a national TV worship broadcast on Easter Sunday 2007, General Synod in Hartford, Conn., and a closing 2007 All Saints celebration.
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