Guidelines for Email and Social Media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
Be respectful and courteous!
Without the body language and facial expressions of face-to-face communication,
electronic messages can be misinterpreted and can escalate a touchy situation into an argument very quickly.
- Keep newcomers in mind when posting or sending messages.
- Use email to send agendas, minutes, or supporting documents.
- Communicate directly with the person or group involved; refrain from gossip or negativity about others.
- Respect the diversity of values and viewpoints of others with appreciation and curiosity.
- Respect privacy: do not post private conversations or personal information of others without their permission.
- Adhere to any prior agreements you have with church members or staff.
- Assume that others act with good intentions. Minor corrections or clarifying questions are acceptable.
- Be kind when others make mistakes, but know we all have a stake in maintaining these guidelines.
- Apologize when warranted and seek to make amends in person.
- First UU Church staff will identify photos of staff and leaders unless we hear from them otherwise.
- First UU Church staff has the right to delete any inappropriate content from social media pages.
Things to Avoid:
- This is not a forum for airing grievances! To do that, go to the Healthy Communications Team.
- Do not send mass emails when only a few people are likely to be interested.
- Do not identify or “friend” minor children, without the explicit permission of their parents or guardians.
- Avoid strings of email to schedule a meeting; use online scheduling such as Doodle or Meeting Wizard.
- Avoid substantive discussions or decision-making with multiple people via email. Avoid emotionally loaded conversations on email or social media. Schedule a face-to-face meeting instead.
- Electronic storage and transmission of member information is not permitted except by church staff.