I Am UU: Innovative Liberal  Religious Outreach

By Thomas

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Campaign ended on: January 03, 2018
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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.

Comments (10)

  1. Tera

    I see your beautiful work every day. It’s amazing to me that you aren’t getting more funding from congregations, so I hope that direct funding works for you!

    1. Thomas Post author

      Thank you so much! The campaign just launched today, so there hasn’t been a chance for a congregation to come to a decision about sending anything. It is a slow start, but not actually an indicator of things to come.

  2. Kathleen Henry

    I am not being allowed to donate. I keep getting a failure message.
    Contact me when it is fixed and I will donate then.

    1. Halcyon

      Kathleen- we are working on the issue as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience and for supporting this campaign!

    2. Thomas Post author

      Everything is up and running well now!
      My thanks to the Faithify team for the hard work implementing repairs.

  3. Evelyn

    Congregation have trouble getting backing to donate to a for-profit enterprise. If you ever head down the non-profit cert route, I’ll set approach my church about getting you in on our Change for Change.

    1. Thomas Post author

      I’m a long, long way from making a profit, but I understand the concern.

      Being a non-profit means a lot more careful oversight and documentation. It is one of the things I hope to do if I can build up enough support. As is, I cannot afford to file the paperwork, much less have a lawyer look it all over or spend the extra time documenting resource allocation.

      That is exactly the kids of thing I need this campaign to make possible.

  4. Halcyon@faithify

    This campaign has been extended to make up for the days our site was unavailable. The new end date is January 3rd at 11pm Eastern time.

  5. "Twinkle"

    Thomas, thank you for this important and valuable project!!

  6. Thomas Post author

    It is an honor to have the reach and impact that I do. I am grateful for the trust that so many have given me and I hope to continue to be more and more worthy of it!

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