Wednesday, January 25, 2006

1.25.06 Annual Meeting Announcement/Invitation

Does this group know how to party or what?!?

Mark you calendar for the Ames Interfaith Council's Annual Meeting!

Our speaker will be Lois Smidt of Beyond Welfare. Lois will speak on "The Spiritual Dimensions of Building a Just Community".

We're planning a Pot Luck Dinner, which has become a tradition. Please label dishes that contain meat (and in deference to our members from faith traditions that do not partake of pork, we ask that you give primary consideration to dishes that do not contain pork).

We'll be meeting in the Fireside Room at Collegiate Methodist Church at 6:00 PM on Sunday, February 12th.

As always, we are inviting the public and encouraging those who may have an interest in membership to come and join us for an evening of fellowship and good food.

As a special treat, this year Russ Melby and Randy Leuth have promised to wear their loudest Hawaiin shirts and perform their famous dueling ukulele duet. Just kidding, but do come prepared to have a good time!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Proposal for an Ames Interfaith Council Blog

A Proposal for an Ames Interfaith Council Blog

At our first regular business meeting of the new year, the cabinet expressed an interest in a blog as a sort of bulletin board to enhance communications among cabinet representatives, members, and the public.

I have established this blog to illustrate some of the options available to the Council as a non-profit interested in no-cost low-maintenance web communications. I am going to set this blog bulletin board up so that all cabinet representatives can participate. I will send all cabinet representatives the password in a private e-mail if that's necessary. I'm not sure it is necessary; I may be able to set it up so that you can post without a password other than the password you pick when you set up your blogger account, which you must do in any case to be able to participate.

To view the blog, simply go to

To access the blog as a team member, go to From there, I think you should be able to log in after you respond postively to the invitation and set up an account.

From, if you wish, you can also create your own personal blog as a learning laboratory. Just follow the simple and pretty much self-explanatory directions and set up a personal blog, and experiment and play around with the technology until you are comfortable with the way Blogger operates. You really needn't be afraid of this technology. It's very easy to delete an entire blog when you are ready to quit or want to start over. Just go to the bottom of the Settings page and click on Delete. But please don't delete the proposed Council blog, unless you feel confident that you can recreate it. I created, experimented with, and deleted several blogs before I got comfortable using Blogger.

It doesn't cost anything at all to do any of this. Have fun with it.