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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The mission of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (Peoples Church) is to worship God and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ; to labor for peace and justice so that the world may become the kingdom of God on earth; and to foster within its membership, by its teaching and its ministry, the spirit which was in Christ (Excerpt from Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws, Article II-Mission of the Church).

Peoples Church is a loving congregation with a heart of love for God’s people. We seek to experience the presence of God in worship and praise through the sermon, the music, the prayers, the liturgy and the sharing of the sacraments. We are dedicated to growing into an ever fuller relationship with the Lord through the study of Scriptures, community service and fellowship opportunities (Excerpt from Website Welcome Message).

Today’s technology is being used by churches to connect with people and to promote outreach and other church programs. Social networking tools are designed for easy mass communication and media sharing. Peoples Church believes that communication and outreach can be enhanced and expanded through an Internet presence via an interactive Website and a Social Networking Facebook Fan Page.

To guide the interactions of social media communications, a policy must be in place to maintain appropriate monitoring and management of these social networking media. The purpose of the social networking policy for Peoples Church is to allow members and users to interact, communicate and connect and to foster community within clearly defined parameters related to rights, privileges, legal compliance and copyright.

Social Media include the various online technology tools that enable people to communicate and share information and resources via the Internet. Social Media may include, but are not limited to, text, audio, video, images, podcasts, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other multimedia communications.

Social Networking is the process and practice of individuals, businesses, and other types of organizations interacting with each other through common websites and specialized areas within those websites for the purpose of sharing, gaining, disseminating and discussing all manner of information.

Communications must be posted in your own name. Communications that are written anonymously will not be posted.

Communications must be respectful toward others. Communications that are obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, ridiculing or embarrassing to others will not be posted.

Communications that are copyrighted will not be posted without express permission of the author(s).

Communications that advertise, solicit, market or promote any business or commercial interest, chain letters or pyramid schemes will not be posted.

Except for posts created or authorized by the Senior Minister or his/her designee, posts made to the social media networks of Peoples Church express the views of the individual author and not those of Peoples Church.

A Media Release form should be obtained from adults and from guardians of minor children who will or may participate in activities that may be photographed or videotaped for distribution on a social media network of Peoples Church.

Photos that are posted on a social media network of Peoples Church should not include the name or contact information for minor children. Photos should not include the name or contact information for adults unless the adult has given permission for such information to be published.

Information posted on a Peoples Church social media network that includes any activity or language which indicates that a minor is being severely harmed by a youth or adult, considering doing severe harm to him/herself; or severely harming others will be reported to the appropriate authority.

This policy may be updated and modified at any time. Users will be apprised of any changes to the policy.

Users who do not comply with these policies will be banned from posting on social media networks of Peoples Church.

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following definitions apply to these terms and conditions and disclaimer notice. “You” or “User” means the person accessing this website and accepting these terms and conditions. “Peoples Church” means the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ.

Users of the Peoples Church Facebook Fan Page agree to the following: You will write under your own name only;

You will not attack fellow members of Peoples Chuch. You may disagree with Peoples Church and its officers, provided your tone is respectful and you do not resort to personal attacks;

You will not disclose any sensitive, proprietary, confidential, or financial information about Peoples Church, other than what is publicly available;

Should you comment on other churches or organizations, you will do so respectfully without ridiculing, defaming, or libeling them in any way;

You will not post any material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, embarrassing or otherwise harmful to another person or entity; and

You will not post advertisements, solicitations and/or market and/or promote any business or commercial interest, chain letters, or pyramid schemes.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions expressed on this site are the opinions of the participating user. Peoples Church acts only as a passive conduit for the online distribution and publication of the user-submitted materials; content and/or links and expressly DOES NOT endorse any user-submitted material, content and/or links or assume any liability for any actions of the participating user.

Adopted by Church Council: February 16, 2011