Guidelines and Practices for Participation in UUCE CommUUnity Email Groups
UUCE CommUUnity Email Groups provide members and friends of UUCE with the opportunity to communicate and build connections in a welcoming and safe environment. We live into our values when we uphold agreements that support a compassionate, respectful, and anti-oppressive environment for all.
Guidelines and Practices
- Engage with others in a way that honors the personhood and experience of all.
- Engage in an empathetic, understanding and thoughtful manner.
- Assume best intentions.
Practice Active and Anti-oppressive Engagement
- Make a conscious effort to engage with and understand what others are sharing.
- Be attentive to how your interactions may impact others. Words and actions have been used to historically oppress people and therefore certain words and actions can be triggering of traumatic or hurtful experiences.
- Be mindful of this, and participate in ways that are respectful and considerate.
Be present to truth
Be mindful that we hold multiple truths gleaned from our lived experiences. None of our experiences, especially for those of us who have been historically marginalized, are up for debate.
Our UUCE values call upon us to avoid the following harmful forms of expression:
- Offensive language related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, pregnancy status, veteran status, political affiliation, marital status, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, immigration status, language, religion or other identity marker.
- Threats of violence or aggressive behavior of any kind toward any individual or group.
- Online Trolling; deliberate provocative, offensive and/or disrespectful posts (commentary, images, GIFs) intended to derail conversation
- Stalking or following – online (or in the physical world.)
- Sexual harassment in any form, including sexual images, GIFs, sexual language, virtual contact without consent, and inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
- Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
- Revealing any aspect of the identity of a person who experiences marginalization without their consent.
- Humor that evokes any of the above.
Violations of these Guidelines and Practices will prompt one of the following action steps:
- The participant will be contacted privately with a warning about their offense and given the opportunity to improve their communication for the benefit of all.
- The participant will be contacted and their group access may be revoked.