About

Hi. I’m June Herold. I joined the UU Church of Arlington, VA in Jan. 2009. I’m grateful for the trust and support my beloved community gave me to create its online church, the genesis of my exploration of digital ministry for congregations. Their trust was sacred. I’m grateful to Bill Peters, our retiring church administrator of 14 years, who took a chance on a stranger and bolstered my faith in general. Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, also of UUCAVA, has also been instrumental in making our church site something special. UUCAVA members Barbara Johnson, professional videographer, and Todd Parola, a professional photographer, are vital parts of our online ministry. Without them, our content wouldn’t be nearly as good.

In 2010/11, my church saw its Sr. Minister, a beloved second, settled minister and its administrator all leave. In its interim period, the church has been dealing with transitional changes that effect how it operates uucava.org. It is my sincere hope that our eventual new senior minister will see the power of the incredible assets that the the online church and digital ministry are. The current appearance of uucava.org is not how it was designed and run for its first 2.5 years when I created it with a team of members and ministers. You can see what the church looked like in reports I wrote at the time. I wrote one in 2011 that showed, our online presence attracted 37 times more attendance online than the attendance in our pews on a regular basis. In summer 2013,  the online church still attracted 5,000+ unique individuals, on average, per month. In 2010, our church membership was around 950, it’s significantly less now, but based on summer 2013 Google analytic numbers,  online participation has stayed nearly at the same level despite the drop in brick and mortar attendance.

Some additional info on me: 15+ years innovating and creating digital products, services, experiences at AOL, Discovery  Communications (you know it as the Discovery Channel) and at various places where I’ve created social learning networks for k-12.  Prior to plunging online in 1994, I wrote and edited at regional and national newspaper/media outlets. I’m legally married in Wash. DC to Heather Crombie, but we live in VA and also on Cape Cod.

Heather is also digital veteran, who has focused her career on user experience and digital design. She was at AOL for 10 years. Any time  you change a zipcode in an online box or form to change city information, you’re touching a little ditty that H invented at AOL. We met in kindergarten. I’m not kidding. One last thing about Heather: I benefit greatly from her expertise and sometimes I offer something she actually wants to use! UUCAVA uses ning as it’s website platform. Heather showed our site to LGBTQ and straight allies at Marriott corp., where she works. And….a very large employee group, sponsored by the company, was formed and built on ning. It is a private network for employees and has brought LGBTQ, straight allies and Marriott executives together worldwide in conversation. It has made a difference.

Please see my LinkedIn profile and my portfolio.

Below are the abstracts of four patents I have. Since I added this About page, three more patents were granted and two of them were purchased by facebook.  I’m thinking: Who really cares about the abstracts? If you’d like to see them, let me know and I’ll send ’em along. Something must have prompted me to post the four. But I can’t remember why.

7783980: Shared Digital Items

Abstract
A user may make a digital item available to other users of a computer network, such as an instant messaging system, a chat environment, or a subscription-based computer network. Examples of digital items that may be shared with other users include digital representations of graphic images, photographs, audio segments, songs, video segments, movies, and text (such as lists of favorites (e.g., a list of favorite books, a list of favorite movies, and a list of favorite places to visit)). On-line presence information is provided to indicate the on-line presence of users with whom a digital item has been shared, may be shared or is being shared. For instance, an indication of the on-line or offline status of a user with whom an item has been shared or is being shared may be presented.

7819749 Using a participant list to invite players to an on-line game
Abstract
An instant messaging user may use a buddy list that includes a user-selected list of potential instant messaging recipients (“buddies”) to identify another instant messaging user with whom instant messages are to be exchanged. An instant messaging user also may use a buddy list for other purposes, such as to initiate playing of an on-line game or to invite participants to play an on-line game.

7828661 Electronic Invitations for an Online Game
Abstract
An instant messaging user may use a buddy list that includes a user-selected list of potential instant messaging recipients (“buddies”) to identify another instant messaging user with whom instant messages are to be exchanged. An instant messaging user also may use a buddy list for other purposes, such as to initiate playing of an on-line game or to invite participants to play an on-line game.

7603413 Using automated agents to facilitate chat communications
Abstract

An automated agent, such as an instant message robot, is be used to facilitate introduction of a chat participant to a small group of other chat participants in a chat room. To do so, for example, a BOT may present a chat participant who desires to be introduced to a small group of chat participants in a chat room with a series of multiple-choice questions, identify a subset of chat participants based on responses to the multiple-choice questions, and provide introductions among the chat participants in the subset to facilitate conversation there between. For example, the introductions provided by the BOT may indicate areas of mutual interest among chat participants in the subset, similar responses to one or more multiple-choice questions, and/or diverse responses to one or more multiple-choice questions.

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