|Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Social Media Guidelines Policy
Date Approved: September 1, 2020
Purpose: The Social Media Policy defines how Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will foster our community online and ensure that all social media communications uphold our Congregational Covenant.
Policy: The Congregation’s use of social media provides activity and ministry information to the Fellowship and to the larger community as part of our mission to cultivate our Beloved Community at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. As a mission-driven Congregation, we are committed to becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive multicultural community and as such, these guidelines will bolster what we value in our online, digital community conversations.
This policy covers social media related to Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Hereafter: Palomar UU Fellowship or PUUF). This includes, but is not limited to, public Palomar Unitarian Universalist Facebook page and private Palomar UU Fellowship Facebook group, Instagram, YouTube, Zoom webinars and break out groups, Zoom meetings, and other social media. Our Social Media community conversations facilitate communication among members, guests, staff, and the larger community.
Digital Community Guidelines
- Our Beloved Community upholds our UU principles and values; we will avoid slander, libel, violations of copyright, profanity, hate speech, and racist language in our online, digital conversations.
- We commit to mindful speech that avoids discriminatory humor such as trans antagonism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transmisogyny, ableism, classism, fat-shaming or any other dehumanization of others based on identity. We further commit to engaging in Calling-in & Calling-out strategies coupled with strategies to call each other back into community, should such discriminatory humor arise.
- We are a non-profit organization and agree to avoid advocacy of political candidates, and/or publishing anything that violates our not-for-profit status.
- Community members may make announcements relating to personal or professional achievements. Invitations to events associated with commercial and/or personal advertising of services or products are subject to review by page or group administrator and may be removed. If a post is removed, an administrator will provide an explanation as to why the decision to remove was made and cite the relevant parts of this and other policy guidelines.
Media Specific Guidelines
Private Palomar UU Fellowship Facebook Group
- Palomar UU Fellowship has a Private Palomar UU Fellowship Facebook Group. It is a Church/Religious Organization Page, which differs from a personal or public group Facebook page. This private Facebook group facilitates communication and shares events and information among Palomar Fellowship members, friends of the Fellowship and staff. Guidelines for this group are here.
- Palomar UU Fellowship has a public Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Facebook Page which serves as a vehicle for announcements and live-streaming events that further the mission and vision of the congregation. Our public Palomar Facebook Page serves to attract new members and guests.
- Our congregation has an official Palomar UU Fellowship – Vista UU YouTube channel.
- The channel is public and houses Sunday Services videos along with other videos that highlight the congregation’s mission, vision and values.
- Administrative privileges are granted to Congregational staff and volunteers designated by staff (i.e., Digital Communications Committee).
ZOOM Webinars, Break out Rooms and Meetings
- Zoom is used to facilitate virtual worship services and virtual social hours via Zoom webinars, Zoom break out rooms, and Zoom meetings (i.e., Virtual Sunday Services, Virtual Patio Time, Minister’s Open Office hours, Youth Connection Calls, Annual Congregational Meeting). To foster mindful communication during our time together, participants are encouraged to become familiar with the Fellowship’s Aspirational Covenant and group agreements stated in the Zoom Facilitator Guidelines. As a Congregation, we are committed to becoming an anti-oppressive, anti-racist multicultural community and, as such, will apply our values in our online, digital community conversations.
Safety And Confidentiality
- To ensure the safety and confidentiality of children and/or youth participants, we will commit to refraining from publishing photos or recordings on Fellowship-sponsored sites open to the public (i.e., Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Public Page). Please see our Children and Family Ministry Social Media Guidelines. Photos or recordings that are published on private Fellowship social media should not include names or contact information for persons under 18.
Procedure: Social Media Administrators’ Responsibilities
- We commit to mindful speech that avoids discriminatory humor such as trans antagonism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transmisogyny, ableism, classism, fat-shaming or any other dehumanization of others based on identity. We further commit to engaging in Calling-in & Calling-out strategies coupled with strategies to call each other back into community, should such discriminatory humor arise. Administrators will remove any content that does not meet the above guidelines. If a post is removed, an administrator will provide an explanation as to why the decision to remove was made and cite the relevant parts of this and other policy guidelines.
- The Office Administrator and/or Minister assign the administrators of the public Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Facebook page and private Palomar UU Fellowship Facebook group. See the Facebook Group Administrator Policy.
- Social media administrators monitor the social media for which they are responsible. Please reference the procedural guidelines for more information about Starting a private Palomar UU Fellowship Facebook group.
- It is the responsibility of individual posters to update any changes to events they have posted to social media. Administrators address problems on social media expediently, seeking Board support if a problem persists or needs more attention.
- If a person in a photo or recording on Palomar Fellowship social media requests removal of the photo or recording, the Administrator will remove it.
Private Group FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/68731185750/