- the church website at www.huuc.net,
- the Sunday worship Order of Service (OOS) announcements page,
- the Monday “Our Heritage Connection” email distributed through the HUUCannc Yahoo Group,
- other emails through the HUUCannc and specialized Yahoo Group groups,
- the Heirloom (the church’s free, monthly, email-based newsletter),
- the hallway bulletin boards,
- the official Facebook page for Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church,
- the Facebook group “Friends of HUUC,” and
- word of mouth.
This article talks about how you can use many of these channels to inform Heritage people (and other area UUs) about meetings, events, workshops, and other gatherings. For best results, run through all of the questions below in your mind.
Is it a meeting or event taking place at the Church? Is your meeting or event happening at Heritage Church? (Examples: Grounds Tending Crew work morning; Take-Apart Party.) If so:
- Send an email to the Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org, asking that the meeting be put on the church’s online calendar. Include the who, what, when and where in your calendar request. After your meeting is put on the church calendar, it will appear on the online calendar here: http://calendar.huuc.net/, and when the date is close it will appear automatically on the right side of all church webpages as well as in “Our Heritage Connection.”
Does the event meet the criteria for Heritage website and Heirloom content? Is it an event to which all or many of the people at Heritage are invited and which is being put on by Heritage or another UU church or group? (Examples: Annual Heritage Church Auction; Babes with Books meeting; annual Women’s Retreat; UU Justice Ohio annual meeting in Columbus.) Alternatively, is it a public social justice or interfaith event being put on by another group, and someone from Heritage is involved or going? (Examples: Rethinking Racism meeting; Habitat for Humanity build date.) If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then:
- Email a write-up about it to email@example.com. When email is sent to this address, the church website automatically forwards the email to the people who handle the website, the OOS, the “Our Heritage Connection” email, and the Heirloom. It is appreciated if you include both a very brief write-up for the OOS and for Our Heritage Connection, and a longer one for the website and the Heirloom.
- Feel free, also, to create a flyer and post it on an appropriate hallway bulletin board.
Is it information for just one group? Would the information be applicable to or of interest to just one group or one team at church? (Examples: Finance Committee; Choir.) If so, there may be a Yahoo Groups email account that sends out information for that group or team.
- Communicate with the head of that group or team for more information on how to communicate with its members. You can often find and contact the head of a group or team by consulting the website’s List of Committees, Teams, Groups and Special Roles at http://huuc.net/members-area/list-of-committees-teams-groups-and-special-roles/.
Does the event hold interest for UUs but not meet website content criteria? Is it a public event in line with UU Principles that would be of interest to some Heritage Church people, but which doesn’t meet the Heritage website content criteria? (Examples: A meditation workshop open to the public; a film on the women’s suffrage movement.) If so, then:
- Consider making a Facebook post on the “Friends of HUUC” Facebook Group, located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HUUCinci/. Before doing this you will need to have joined the group.
- Feel free, also, to post the event flyer on an appropriate hallway bulletin board.
Is it a Heritage event that other UU churches are invited to? Is this a Heritage event that you would like people from other area UU churches to attend? (Examples: An “Awakening Our Awareness of Whiteness” workshop that other UUs can attend; the Universalist Convocation held at Heritage a few years ago.) If so, then have the information spread through the UU Council of Greater Cincinnati, which includes First Unitarian Church, The Gathering at Northern Hills, Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community, and St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, as well as Heritage UU Church.
- Heritage has three representatives on the UU Council. Send email to them at UUcouncilReps@huuc.net.
To subscribe to the Heirloom, go to http://huuc.net/subscribe/.
To get on the HUUCannc Yahoo Group, send an email with your first and last name and your email address to the Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask to be added to HUUCannc. The Church Administrator will have Yahoo Groups send you an email invitation, to which you must respond to complete the process.
To read the full church website content criteria, go to http://huuc.net/website-content-policy/.
To learn more about submitting information to the website and the Heirloom, go to http://huuc.net/website-and-heirloom-submitters-guide/.
If you have any questions, feel free email them to Communications2@huuc.net.