Great to see Methodist Churches involved in projects like Steelroots.
Sad to see that they have been threatened by a big US "Christian" broadcaster over the name Steelroots and that therefore they are probably going to have to change it.
What a total waste of money and gooodwill this is. I guess like many people in the UK I had never heard of this Steelroots video channel. Now the first thing I hear is them threatening legal action against a small local youth project in a city famed for it's steel.
So now all I know of the Steelroots TV station is that I don't want to watch it, great publicity guys!
So sad because I bet that if they had written to what is probably a fairly cash strapped youth project and offered to sponsor them and help them re-launch with a new name they could have got excellent publicity and not had to pay any lawyers. It could have been a win win.
I have sent the following tweet (which you might want to re-tweet):
@Steelroots Ur legal threat 2 small UK youth project is sad. Could u not find a grace filled response like pay 4 their rebranding?
Alternatively, you could show support and encouragement by following @steelrootsyouth, they are looking for a new name and I guess offers of help with branding would be welcome (and I am fairly sure support for their ongoing work would be very welcome indeed).
Your choice. A bullying US TV company or a British Youth Project like this: "Steel Roots Youth Community: Aiming to be a more radical community that encourages each other and every young person in S17 to walk together with God". Not a very difficult choice is it?