Rules and procedures

The heart of "The Gospel in Action: bringing good news to the poor" is this invitation to all members of the Dominican family to create short video reflections on their current or dreamed-of ministries which put the Gospel in action.  Or videos that in some way empower the rest of us to put the Gospel in action.  The videos might be inspired by the gospel's challenge "to bring good news to the poor" (Luke 4:16-21).  These videos will announce to all of us what is possible and allow us to challenge each other to become better preachers of the Good News.

The videos should be less than three minutes long, and Dominicans are encouraged not to let lack of time, money, technical expertise, or artistic experience prevent them from contributing videos to the conversation.  Videos can be documentaries, interviews, short dramatic movies, music videos, slideshows, animation, public service announcements, or other video expressions. 

While the project is not a competition, the committee will choose one video from each of the Order's five geographical regions as an outstanding example of Dominican preaching.  A cash donation, other assistance, and/or promotion will be given to ministries designated by the creators of each of these videos.  And the five outstanding video preachings submitted before June 30, 2010 will be shown at the 2010 General Chapter of friars in Rome.

  1. Possible approaches to the video can be any of the following questions:
    1. How is your ministry, your life, or your community putting the gospel in action, bringing good news to the poor?
    2. What is the center of the gospel message?
    3. What ministry would you like to do? What is your dream?
    4. Challenge and inspire us to put the gospel into action.
  2. Guidelines:
    1. Videos can be documentaries, interviews, short dramatic movies, music videos, slideshows, animation, public service announcements, or other video expressions.
    2. A Dominican must be one of the "creators" –a writer, producer, director, videographer, and/or editor of the video.
    3. Videos should be under 5 minutes long, although videos under 3 minutes are encouraged. On the internet, our statistics show that people quit listening after three minutes, so you might as well quit talking.
    4. Creative use of English, Spanish, and/or French subtitles are encouraged. However, we hope to have all videos translated into English, Spanish and French. Therefore, feel free to make your main narration in any of these three languages.
    5. Of those videos uploaded by June 30, 2010, the committee will recognize one video from each of the Order's five geographical regions as an outstanding example of Dominican preaching. A cash donation, other assistance, and/or promotion will be given to a ministry designated by the creators of each of these videos. These five videos will be shown at the 2010 General Chapter of the friars in Rome.
    6. By submitting a video, you give the committee the right to reproduce and edit it for the purposes of promoting and supporting Dominican ministries. (We need this right to be able to translate the videos and make them available on our website and on DVD's.)
  3. Submission procedure:
    1. Either upload your video to YouTube.com, make it available at some other website, or send it on a DVD to one of our technicians.
    2. Fill out the submission form.