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We’ve been working on our new website for a while.  It’s now ready to share.  It contains some of the same information as the prior website, but it has a new look.

There is a lot of information available on the home page:

  • Clicking the website title, First Unitarian Church of Chicago, will always take you to the home page.
  • In the top right corner, you see DIRECTIONS, SEARCH, CONTACT US, and a link to the First Unitarian Facebook page.*
    • When you click on DIRECTIONS, you are taken to a Google map showing the location of the church.  If you click on “Directions from your current location”,  the map is expanded to show you the route from your location to the church.  Click on DIRECTIONS again to close the map.
    • SEARCH allows to look for specific topics that appear on the website.  For example, if you enter “black lives matter” in the search criteria and then click Search, you will be shown the articles that have information about the subject.  Clicking on one of the item will show you the entire article.
      You can use the browsers back button to go to search results list or you can click SEARCH again to bring up the list.
    • CONTACT US opens a new window that lets you send an email to First Unitarian staff and committees.  If the group that you want to reach is not in the list, send your request to the office.
    • facebookicon  The Facebook icon takes to the First Unitarian Church of Chicago Facebook page.  If you don’t have a Facebook login, you will need to create one.  The Facebook page contains photos and videos of recent events, announcements of some of the upcoming events, and posts of events that have occurred and the history of the church.  Check out the Facebook page; you’ll see things that happened that you may have missed.  Don’t miss the next event; it may be somehing that you’d really enjoy.
  • The Main Menu is very similar to the prior website.  The pages accessed from this menu contain mostly static information.  These pages tell you about our beliefs, our committee, our history, and our plans for the near future.
  • Sunday’s Service gives a quick view of the upcoming 10:00 am service.
  • The three boxes in the center of the page point you to pages that may be of more interest to potential visitors and new members.  The contents of these boxes may periodically be changed.
  • Information for You lets you see everything that pertains to the functioning of the First Unitarian.
    • Announcements lists all posts that contain information about church that do not pertain to a specific date and time.  If the information is requesting volunteers, then it is listed under Volunteers rather than Announcements.
    • Monthly Reports lists the reports submitted by committees and small groups. Review these reports to get a better understanding of these groups.
    • Need Support? provides information about First Unitarian resources that are available you in a time of need.
    • Photos of Events contains posts about prior events.  If you have photos of past events that you would like to share, you can send them to communications@firstuchicago.org.  Please feel free to also include some text.  You will also find information about past events on our Facebook page.
    • This Sunday’s Service provides information about the coming Sunday’s service.
    • Upcoming RE Classes describe the future Religious Education classes.
    • Upcoming Services describes future services.
  • Events lists all of the upcoming activities that are scheduled by First Unitarian.
  • Podcasts of past sermons are available for you to play.
  • The footer provides:
    • Contact information for First Unitarian,
    • Donations can be used to contribute money to the church and pay your pledge.  Donations can be made using a checking or saving account or a debit or credit card.
    • Recent Posts shows the five latest posts to “Information for You.”
    • Three UUA Logos appear on the far right.  These will take you to the appropriate UUA Site.

We hope you enjoy the new website.  Please feel free to Contact Us if you have suggestions or feedback.

 

*Directions and Search work on the home page. They will eventually work on every other page too.
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