photocrati galleryI had the pleasure of visiting the Darkwood Brew online-interactive faith service on Feb. 27, 2011. The service is a mix of a real face-to-face church service in the coffee shop of Countryside Community UCC in Omaha, Neb., the online web streaming of a live “show”, and an interactive social-media experience via Facebook at the streaming site.

This was a great assignment as it allowed me to meet some friends who I’ve worked with for some time, but had never met. It was also challenging from a journalistic standpoint. Although the story could be told via interviews conducted via phone or email, the images all needed to be gathered in a very limited time-frame: a 30 minute planning session and the hour-long service.

The feature story, appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of the UCC’s StillSpeaking Magazine. You can also read a blog entry written at the time of my visit.

Darkwood Brew archives are available on Vimeo. You can tune in Sunday evenings at 6pm EST/5pm CST for this unique social-media oriented church service.