Austin Seminary Offers Sermons & Lectures Online with iTunes U
by Kristy Sorensen and Ann Serrano
The Austin Seminary community reaches across the world and it is with this in mind that the Seminary is happy to announce its use of the iTunes U program, which allows the members of the community to listen to sermons and lectures on campus no matter where you are.
As Timothy Lincoln, director of Stitt Library, says: “A sermon is more than content expressed in sentences. It also contains the gestures and passions of the preacher. The ability to access audio and video via iTunesU is a wonderful gift for those who cannot attend worship or lectures at Austin Seminary in person.”
Stitt Library has always collected our Austin Seminary faculty sermons and hosted lectures. Recently we have brought those sermons out of the stacks and on to your computer by creating a page for Austin Seminary on iTunesU. This page allows individuals from around the world use the popular iTunes player to explore, view, download, and subscribe to audio and video of some of the faculty sermons and theological lectures that take place on our campus, all free of charge. Our iTunesU page puts us in the company of top universities, museums, and other organizations who use this platform to educate and inform the public.
In the spring of 2012, Stitt Library began planning our iTunesU page, starting with current weekly sermons given by our faculty in the Shelton Chapel. Our iTunes page went live in Summer 2013 and since then we’ve worked with student workers and other staff to continue putting up current faculty sermons and other content, including Heyer and Settles lectures. In the past year we’ve added more than 150 sermons and lectures spanning 2006 to the present and had more than 500 downloads and views of our sermons.
In addition to newer content, we are adding older sermons and lectures monthly thanks to recently purchased digitization equipment. Our older audio cassettes will receive a little love and care and some of the lectures will be uploaded as they are digitized.
A guide to accessing Austin Seminary sermons and lectures on iTunesU is available on our website here.