Category Archives: Ideas

Articles, usually about a model or idea, meant to provoke thought rather than provide specific skills.

On Websites, Social Media, More (2014)

Our religious cousins, the Unitarian Universalists, had several workshops at their 2014 General Assembly relevant to technology of communication — and materials are online. Updating Your Web Presence: Tools and Tips Digging Into Facebook, Twitter and Video-Making/Sharing How Congregations Can Deepen Engagement Online Harnessing Social Media for Ministry & More

About Board Meetings

Meetings Are for Decisions Board meetings are for making decisions: decisions about policy, decisions about the overall operation of the Society, decisions which affect the Society as a whole. For the most effective use of board meeting time, limit the agenda to decision-making items, sometimes called action items, and delegate programmatic decisions to appropriate committees and task forces or to staff. Smaller organizations tend to use board meetings for long… Read More »

Board Meeting Minutes

Just as board meetings are primarily for making decisions, minutes are primarily for recording and documenting decisions. While it is sometimes useful if the minutes summarize different positions expressed, if it’s expected that review of those discussions will be important, what is most important is to record the decision as the board made it — that is, in the language of the actual motion or proposed action. When there is a… Read More »

Constitution vs. By-Laws

It used to be common for organizations to have both constitutions and bylaws. However, today, it is recommended that organizations combine the functions of these documents into one, the bylaws. If an organization has both constitution and bylaws, the constitution specifies the organization’s structure, not policies or procedures. The bylaws can specify structure (especially when there is no constitution) those policies and rules which cannot be suspended, except by procedures… Read More »

Technology Tools

Besides the basics of email and a Society website, the following tools may be useful to Societies in their communications efforts: Calendars Google Calendar: the calendar can be embedded in a web page, and you can combine multiple calendars (to distribute responsibility to multiple committees, for instance) into one single calendar.  See the two calendars on this page for an example of how it works:  The Ethical Year  Another advantage: members… Read More »

Using Newcomer-Friendly Language

Especially for those presiding on a Sunday morning when there may be first-time and other newer people present, using language that includes rather than excludes is helpful for them being comfortable enough to stay. Newcomer Language