Stretch Goal Added: $3,000
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Be a part of our return.
We are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson, Mississippi. Since 1951, UUCJ has been a voice of liberal religious expression and social justice in our state.
Like churches everywhere when the 2020 pandemic struck, our church had to cease in-person gatherings. We began to livestream our services for the first time. Our church is small, with no equipment for creating video or for streaming, so we borrowed what was needed from our congregation: A webcam from one member, a laptop from another, cords and cables from all over. It wasn’t pretty, and there was a huge learning curve at first, but we did okay.
Streaming our services kept our congregation together during the stress and isolation of the pandemic. It also helped our church reach a wider audience than we ever thought possible. So we decided to continue streaming once in-person services resumed. To do that, our church needed to purchase its own video equipment.
Then, right on cue, our aging sound system began to die. Now, we needed an all-new video and audio system, and quickly.
After much research, we found a reasonably-priced, expandable setup including a mixing board, speakers, cameras, a laptop, and assorted stands and cords that would give us a PA system and allow us to keep live streaming once our church resumes in-person services in the near future.
Our congregation members have already raised almost $1700 towards this project! With an additional $2000 raised through Faithify, UUCJ can purchase the new A/V equipment we badly need. Please give what you can to help bring our church’s services back in-person and online for now and into the future.
Now, we want to stretch our original goal and raise an additional $1,000 to help UUCJ further integrate a hybrid live/streaming model into our worship services.
Like many churches during the pandemic, we ceased in-person gatherings and began streaming via Zoom. One of the positive results of this was the ability to invite guest speakers to the services who might never have been able to join us in person. As our church resumes live services, we want to continue to feature remote guest speakers occasionally. To make this a reality, we would use part of this money to buy the necessary equipment (a large monitor, cables, a wallmount, etc.). In addition, a portion of these funds would be used to purchase a music rights license to allow us to stream our entire service without the danger of violating copyright laws.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has donated so far. With just a little more help, UUCJ can begin hybrid in-person/online services and bring our congregation back together while keeping the best parts of our streaming services.
06/28/2021Go for it$15.00
06/25/2021Keep the good work moving forward!!$200.00
06/16/2021Keep up the good work from checking ou your website you are clearly an active engaged congregation!$500.00
06/16/2021Good luck! I was born in Jackson moved north many (many!) years ago. I'm pleased to see that you're there and thriving.$50.00