The United Church of Canada Launches Its Own YouTube Channel



    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - While it may not be a traditional pulpit, for
The United Church of Canada, it is a communication platform like no other.
    This week, the church is launching its own YouTube channel, featuring a
playlist of more than 20 videos with more to be added in the weeks ahead.
    "Many people think the church is just a collection of buildings with
steeples, but by using YouTube, we can show how active the church is, whether
in a downtown mission like First United in Vancouver or through overseas
partners working on water issues in Kenya," says Catherine Rodd, the church's
Multi-Media Producer. "Our audience is the world and we want to add our faces
and voices to the tapestry of people working for just change, wherever they
are."
    The United Church's YouTube playlist includes videos of some of the
United Church's hundreds of community projects, both in Canada and overseas,
as well as video messages from the church's current spiritual leader,
Moderator David Giuliano.
    Rodd explains that while this YouTube venture is a first for the church
as a national body, many local congregations and youth groups have been
posting videos independently for some time. She hopes to integrate the best of
those videos into the channel in the coming months.
    "For 20 years the United Church had a weekly television show on VisionTV.
When it ended, we needed a new window. YouTube offers us that," says Rodd.
    "YouTube also gives us a chance to showcase videos produced by our
overseas partners that people wouldn't normally get a chance to see," adds
Rodd. "We are very excited about the possibilities to show local, regional,
and international stories that make people think about the world from new and
different points of view."

    
    The United Church of Canada's YouTube channel can be found at
    www.youtube.ca/unitedchurchofcanada.
    





For further information:

For further information: Mary-Frances Denis, Communications Officer, The
United Church of Canada, (416) 231-7680 ext. 2016 (office), 1-800-268-3781
ext. 2016 (toll-free), (416) 885-7478 (cell), (416) 766-0057 (home),
mdenis@united-church.ca

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