The "About Us" Section of Your Congregation's Website
The “About Us” pages both say something about the people in your congregation and invite the user to explore the subpages of this section more deeply.
Use one or more photos on the main page that helps the user make a human connection with the people in your congregation: shots of one to three people looking at the camera are better than group shots. The user should feel welcomed and included by the photo(s).
The "About Us" Page
Recommended text, which appears on the template’s demo site:
We Are Unitarian Universalists
We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.
We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. [link the underlined text to your LGBTQ welcoming page]
We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved! [link the underlined text to your Connection page.]
(from www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are, July 2015)
The Mission and Vision Page
If your congregation has a mission statement and vision statement, share them here. Also include pictures of people in the congregation living out that mission and vision, and include links to projects associated with the mission and vision.
LGBTQ Welcoming Page
Include a page welcoming the LGBTQ community if you are (or are seeking to become) an official Welcoming Congregation.
Use the new Welcoming Congregation logo approved for use only by UUA-recognized Welcoming Congregations.
Here is sample text:
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people.
As a Welcoming Congregation we have pledged to:
- honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.
- celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.
- incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education.
- affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
- affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
- advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.
Green Sanctuary Page
Include a page about Green Sanctuary if you are (or are seeking to become) an official Green Sanctuary. Include photos of your congregation’s actions or green building features/practices.
Here is recommended text:
Being a Green Sanctuary is one of the ways we work toward a vision of healthier, more sustainable future.
As a recognized Green Sanctuary, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:
Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.
[If your congregation has a statement about its intentions with Green Sanctuary, you can include it or link to it here.]
We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope. Contact [contact person] to get involved.