- Unitarian Universalism Connection
How often do you say, “I am UU”? Do you feel confident that you can answer questions? That you can explain how we form communities without a shared creed? Do you worry about having resources to share if someone actually shows an interest? My ministry is to make Unitarian Universalism easier to understand and share and to give people the confidence to tell friends and family, “I am UU.”
The I Am UU project is a social media ministry, currently focused on Facebook and creating sharable content for congregations and individuals. In an average week, we reach 20,000 people through our Facebook page, plus the unknown reach of other pages using our graphics or posting our links.
That work takes a lot of time and specialized skills. It is work that isn’t being done by many other individuals, congregations, or the UUA itself. It is work that is worth a lot of money, but my calling is to share liberal religion. While I have done work for a few congregations, I have not been able to make a living. I am asking you all to change that.
The job I have been doing is part administration, part religious education, and a lot of design (More on that in the Unitarian Universalist Connection tab!). I work from home, but I require a lot of books, subscriptions to professional software, and have a need to keep my equipment up-to-date. My goal is only $2500 a month. My hope is to raise $30,000 to cover the whole year. That isn’t very much, but it will allow me to focus on my ministry, full time. That’s my real ambition.
What it means for you:
The I Am UU project already posts a short reading every week, an inspirational quote every week-day, and original graphics every month. We also lift up some of the best news about Unitarian Universalism by posting links for you to share with your friends. With additional funding, I’ll be able to provide even more.
My first commitment is that for every $2500 raised in this campaign, I will not post about fundraising for a month.
If I raise $7500, that affords me 3 months to learn the software and how to create engaging videos so that I can begin posting to YouTube, where I feel liberal religion is grossly under-represented.
If I am funded for 6 months, I will able to attend conferences, workshops, and General Assembly. I commit to attending at least one such event per month on average (some months don’t offer much). I will continue to improve my knowledge and skills to make the project more engaging and professional.