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Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, Maine

(formerly First Universalist Church)

Policies and Procedures

A Handbook for the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield

As we enter the next 150 years as a congregation in community, we understand the need for clarity on roles, responsibilities, policies, and procedures. We are currently in the process of creating an overall handbook that addresses these. If you have a question about a specific policy, please contact us at uupittsfieldmaine@gmail.com.

Social Media Policy

Social Media Policy:

A representative or representatives of the meeting house are to maintain, including regular updates, a variety of social media sites and outlets. Our use of social media is meant to support the meeting house and its members. We will not promote hate speech of any kind. A congregation is a unique entity which is rightly held to the highest standards and we take that responsibility very seriously.

If you choose to identify yourself as a member or to discuss matters related to the meeting house on your personal website, social media or blog, please bear in mind that, although you may view your site, etc  as a personal project, many readers will assume you are speaking on behalf of the meeting house.

In light of this possibility, Include a Disclaimer. On your site/post, please make it clear to your readers that the views you express are yours alone and that they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. The meeting house should not be held liable for any repercussions the member's content may generate.

  1. Proper copyright and reference laws should be observed by all when posting online.
  2. Dishonorable content such as racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, and physical disability slurs are not tolerated.
  3. Content supporting meeting house functions and active members is given priority
  4. Any content deemed inappropriate will be removed immediately and if this behavior is repeated the offender may be blocked from the meeting house’s social media.
  5. Social Media may be utilized to promote events at the meeting house, hosted by active meeting house members, or supporting church values.
  6. It may also be used to support meeting house members through advertising their offerings so long as these do not conflict with church values.
  7. Social Media will be used to support our sister organizations, churches, and activities.

A Safe Congregation

We, the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, ME, recognize the importance of creating communities where everyone, including our very youngest to our oldest members, is safe. We recognize that religious communities may be particularly vulnerable to incidents of abuse because of the high level of trust encouraged in order to be welcoming as well as reliant on volunteers in various programs.

We recognize the necessity to adopt guidelines to guard against incidents of abuse, exploitation, injury or victimization by significant objectionable conduct. We further realize that communities such as ours, operating in the best possible manner with all due concern, still cannot guarantee an absolutely risk-free environment.

We acknowledge that adequately addressing the need for a safe environment will mean change and the sacrifice of some convenience, yet we also know our responsibility to respond to reality and protect our congregation and guests.

In the spirit of affirming healthy relationships among adults, children and youth, we  have adopted guidelines relating to dealing with disruptive behavior and keeping our congregations safe in the form of a Safe Congregation Policy and a Disruptive Behavior Policy. Both of these policies are available for review by request. 

What Do Unitarian Universalists Believe?

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six sources

The Seven Principles are:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.