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Thursday 5th December, 2013

Sittler Archives website videos

by Matt Frost

Well, for a while (unnoticed by me, but brought to my attention by patrons), the video section of hadn’t been working.  It’s back up and running with what videos we had available still in digital format (or could find), now hosted through YouTube and embedded on our page.  The story, if you’re interested, is below the break.

For users of our “Theological Reflections” series, with the study guide prepared by Robert Saler, those videos are now working directly from the site again. Robert Rothgery had also made his video, “The Debonair Giant,” available on YouTube, and we have embedded that video link as well, so that it can be viewed from our site again.

There are some videos we didn’t have DVD backup of, and those have now been removed from the page until we can digitize the tapes. Friend of the Archives Bill Maloney, who has equipment we don’t and the experience and time to use it well, has helped us with our reel-to-reel tapes and odd-format video media before. Bill has agreed to help us get the VHS materials into DVD format so that we can begin making those available digitally. It’s very good to have friends, and we’re grateful to Bill for his help!

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Thursday 10th November, 2011

Sittler Archives Website re-homing

by Matt Frost

The ELCA has graciously hosted the Archives’ primary domain,, since (I believe) the site went live some time in 1997.  There are some perks to having a Presiding Bishop who is well up on his Sittleriana!  In the time we’ve been with the ELCA, we’ve seen the site go from spare local capacity (with a Real Audio streaming server) to cloud-based hosting (with real MP3 files).  But David Scott — our loyal web developer (in his spare capacity) through many rearrangements of the “chandelier” at Higgins Road HQ — has just informed us that they will have to divest themselves of their external hosting arrangements.  (I have a hunch that this is what we call “reducing the attack surface.”)

What does this mean?

Well, of course, that we are to fear, love and trust God above all things!  But also, that we’re looking into some alternative hosting arrangements for the main site.  Hopefully, we’ll have as little down-time as possible, but in any case, we shouldn’t lose any of the data from the main site, and it isn’t hard to bootstrap somewhere else.

Just an FYI — thank you for your interest, as always, and thanks to the ELCA for many years of cooperation in keeping the Archives public!

Thursday 21st April, 2011


by Matt Frost

Welcome to the new Sittler blog!  We hope to make this a good spot for talking and writing about Joe Sittler, in ways we haven’t had since the “Forum” link on the Sittler Archives’ page went dark — in other words, for quite some time!  My name is Matt Frost, and I’m the current graduate student fellow at the Sittler Archives.  Joining me soon will be Rob Saler, my predecessor at the Archives and a friend since Valparaiso, and our new friend Panu Pihkala, a Finnish scholar who has been at the Archives doing dissertation studies using our materials.

The title of the blog is taken from Moira Creede’s dissertation, which is a great Sittler resource in its own right.  The line, “With both feet firmly planted in mid-air, he takes off in several directions,” struck Joe and Jeanne as incredibly funny — but apt!  At the same time, “Planted firmly …” lets us keep the connection to Joe’s ecological and environmental work without having to make this place strictly green.  It is an important emphasis in Joe’s work, and connected to many other facets of his work, and we believe strongly in it, but it is not nearly the whole of the man!  At the Archives, we’re working to capitalize on some of the green popularity Joe has received to bring out more of his work, and we look forward to making this a good destination for all sorts of Sittleriana.

Please check out the “Who We Are” link/tab for more information about the Archives, including a link to the Sittler Archives website, which has many more resources.