Kalos Faith Media launched last month with the aim of providing church video resources that embrace the gifts of science, inclusivity and God’s abundant mercy, grace and forgiveness.
Launched by Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology Steering Committee member Pastor Dana Hendershot and her sister Denise Hendershot, the website (kalosfaithmedia.com) launch is timely as Pastor Hendershot, a creator herself, sought worship media resources throughout the pandemic and found the online offering scarce.
“Most mainline protestants have been behind the ball on using technology and media in worship and the pandemic pushed us into the 21st century,” she said. “Many of the congregations have started to create their own media resources, and I thought, ‘Why not share our creations with one another?’”
Having used media regularly since she was ordained in 2008, Hendershot said that while the internet is flooded with media sites for evangelical, fundamentalist and charismatic groups, it had been a struggle to find appropriate pieces theologically to use in worship.
She began to learn how to edit videos herself in 2019 through use of a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect in that the following year her congregation, like so many others, moved worship online. The experience inspired Hendershot and her sister to share their media creations to other mainline protestants and fellow progressives.
The site is not only available to congregations looking for new resources, but also to content producers to submit their work, which may include short films for worship and liturgy, video-based small group studies, title graphics for worship presentations, lectionary-based social graphics and even bulletin covers.
Kalos Faith Media does charge a ‘budget-conscious’ price point, and the founders emphasize that 20% of profits are donated to agencies working with the houseless.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.