Someone pointed out I needed a more easily findable info page on me. Â So here I go. Â I’m Dale Lature. Â I live in the Nashville, TN area. Â I’m married to Janet, Â and have two children, son Brian 26, Â and daughter Kelli Â 17. Â I’ve worked for two UMC agencies (The UM Publishing House 1997-2002 and UM Communications 2004-2009) Â I am a “free agent now” after being laid off by UMCom in 2009. Â (hint: “I’m “too old” to be a developer at 59 – I don’t believe that, and there is much I bring to the table re: Â Church and Web and Online Â Community and Social Media, Â but that does not seem to Â compute for the vast majority of the Denominational Communications Technology world. Â It seems that “any developer will do”, Â and therefore theological thinking Â about technology and data and Social Media is not much of a forethought. Â That’s too bad. Since September of 2014, Â I have been focused on the issues of the Climate Crisis – for one, Â getting the churches to realize there is one)
I got an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1981 – and I always feel compelled to say that SBTS in 1981 was STILL a very diverse theological place, Â but that did not fit into the preferences of the upcoming right wing politics that swept over the denomination after that point (of course, Â it had begun to bubble in the late 70’s and centered/obsessed over the issue of “The Inerrancy of Scripture”).
I got an MA in Religious Communications at United Theological Seminary in Dayton OH in 1991. Â This is where my journey in “Online Community and the Church” began. Â I’ve been a theological student of “Social Media” long before it was named “Social Media”.
So there’s me. Â I can be emailed at dale dot lature at gmail dot com.