Welcome to my blog. I’ve wanted for some time to add a blog to our website. I see it as a chance to reflect on the life of the congregation from a minister’s perspective. I expect to post newsletter articles, sermons, and regular insights into life at South Valley. There’s plenty going on and blogs are wonderful tools for ongoing conversation.
If you’re new to the blogging world, one of the first things you’ll realize is that unlike a conventional website, blogs are genuinely interactive. At the bottom of each post from me will be a link marked “comment.” If you want to respond to me or join a conversation on the topic of the post, just click on the link and you’ll be able to add your ideas. I hope this will be one way to connect with each other and with some of the broader topics that concern us.
Of course, as with any form of conversation, we need to respect each other. The conversation we have here will affect our relationship to each other. Because of that, I ask that you abide by the following commenting guidelines:
1. Take your time. Be thoughtful and creative in your response. It’s easy to fire off a quick reply that doesn’t really say what you meant to say. Pause before you post and make sure you are representing yourself and your views well.
2. Opinions are good, but they are only opinions. Remember to respect differences of opinions by stating your own views rather than tearing down the views of another. Most people listen longer to someone who is thinking through their own views than to someone who is attacking another.
3. Short and sweet comments are often the most effective. Consider limiting the number and length of your comments. If you have a long response, consider building your own blog and posting there. You can link your post back to the conversation here. (This is called a “trackback.”)
4. Remember that this blog is a part of our congregation. As a congregation, we are committed to living by the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism. Please remember this commitment when you post. Blatantly inappropriate comments will be deleted.
With those basic guidelines, we are ready to begin this adventure together. Welcome to Ministrare!