1-Day Solemnizer – Calls Needed
Massachusetts Call to Action
A hearing on the Resolve to establish a Commission to evaluate the 1-Day Solemnizer rule will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2021. Calls are needed to Committee Chairs to vote S.2063 favorably out of Committee. Details, including Committee Chairs’ phone numbers and a simple script are available on our Action Alert page.
- Problems with the 1-Day Rule: read a summary
- JPus submitted a white paper to Governor Charlie Baker’s office: see it here
- How-to tips on contacting your legislators, including links to find yours
- Read the Resolve to create a commission study to evaluate the One-Day Solemnizer rule
- One-Day Solemnizers jeopardize the systems that are in place to protect children from coercion into marriage. Read about JPus’ efforts to end child marriage.
What are your favorite traditions & rituals?
Understanding the reasons behind our choices gives perspective. It helps us recognize what is our niche. Similarly, talking about our services and what we like to do builds connections with prospective couples.
What are Your Favorite Traditions and Rituals?
Tell us about your favorite tradition and ritual. Does it have personal meaning? Historical perspective? While we all perform the ceremonies that our couples desire, some are more meaningful than others. We want to hear about your special reason.
Share the News
- Send us your reason why through our JPus Facebook Page or send us an email. Include a photo, too. We’ll then share the love on our findaJP Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to like our pages so we can tag you!
- Check out additional details of our social media membership perk – because we’ll announce a new theme quarterly. We also have the low-down on how-to submit your story and photo on Facebook.
- We promote our members’ replies on social media. See the last video on Facebook.
- Details on how to participate in this social media perk are explained in this article.
- Follow all of JPus and findaJP’s social media platforms.
- Make sure that posts on Facebook make it to your newsfeed. This article explains how to reflect your preferences.
- Learn more about the JPus Facebook Page, and why its Likes, Follows and Reviews matter to you.
Website Update – It’s Ready!
We are excited to announce that the JPus/findaJP website rebuild will be launched on August 12, 2021. The information below is intended to prepare our members so you know what to expect.
During the new website’s launch, findaJP.com and JPus.org will be temporarily unavailable, starting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 4:00PM. We are planning to be off-line for up to 24 hours. During this time members may not update profiles or renew memberships until the data migration is complete and the new site is live. Your membership is important to us. Please know that as we progress through these last steps, every effort is made to minimize impact on our users and to restore both sites to normal operations as quickly as possible.
We will send a reminder email before the process begins. Again, when the data migration is complete, we’ll send another message letting you know that the new site is live.
This is a great time to review the information you use to login. Please take this time to confirm the email address included in your contact details is current and accessible. If you have forgotten your password, don’t worry. Members can reset their password during login (requires access to email address on file) by clicking the “forgot password” button.
Since we first announced our plan to update the findaJP.com and JPus websites, we expanded the scope of work. Initially the focus was on the inner-workings. We wanted to keep up with current web technology, improve the membership system, and increase security. However, we added a few improvements to the front end, too. While most of the updates still focus on the backend, others will be more noticeable.
New Site Features
- Member Profile Images on findaJP will be larger. Make sure yours is the correct size so your picture doesn’t get distorted. Maximum file size for the image is 1MB and (new) minimum width is 225px.
- Wider Screens and Banners. This means larger fonts and improved readability. Since the site is larger, it uses wider banner images, too. We have new default banners, or you can upload your own custom banner. In fact, if you use a custom banner it will need updating. The maximum file size is 2MB, and maximum width is 1024px. Recommended banner size: 1024px x 250px.
- A Profile Teaser text is a short summary that will appear on the town listing search results. On the current site the first few lines of your About Me are visible. With the new website, you have the option of customizing the text that appears there. Think about how to get couples’ attention. Then, include your message in your profile.
- Enhanced Membership Dashboards. In addition to editing your public profile, reviewing client contacts, and managing your membership, the new and improved member dashboards will also make it easier to preview your profile and access membership services like support articles and discounts.
- Membership Subscriptions. Our new membership system allows automatic membership renewals and other flexible subscription options.
- Highlighted Content. Updated findaJP.com and JPus.org front pages make it easier to keep up with new content including blogs, events, social media, and more.
You can also stay-tuned to this announcement page or JPus’ official Facebook group for updates. Any steps required by members ahead of the migration will be included in that update.
★ Help navigating your JPus Dashboard
★ Understanding the difference between JPus and findaJP
Coronavirus Update #6
It has been over a year since our lives were turned upside down because of the coronavirus pandemic. During this time we’ve experienced heartache and sadness, as well as some surprising joys. We’ve risen to the occasion and we found creative ways for weddings to move forward. I am constantly reminded about our resilience, and I am proud of how JPus members show their professionalism.
Now, as more and more people become fully vaccinated (two weeks after final shot), we can begin to feel a little more comfortable when outside of our homes. This isn’t an invitation for complacency. Rather, we must remain attentive. Nonetheless, once vaccinated we can give ourselves a little breathing room. Outside weddings are still preferred. The following CDC Choosing Safer Activities chart provides guidance on making safe choices.
During this time, I hope that you’ve taken advantage of the information we’ve compiled on our COVID Resource pages. Our goal is to help you safely and successfully navigate marriages. We updated content to reflect lifted stay-home orders and states opening up.
- JPus’ COVID-19 pages are specifically for marriage officiants
- For couples, resources for marriages are on findaJP’s COVID-19 pages
- JPus’ networking events offer opportunities to connect with fellow officiants. The next Zoom call is on Tuesday eventing, May 25, 2021 at 7:00pm.
In the meantime, know that you can rely upon us. Stay connected with updates on our website and sign up for our newsletter. Also, be sure to follow us on social media. Finally, if you don’t see the answer you are looking for, the Justice of the Peace Association is just an email or phone call away.
Be well and safe,
- State-by-State COVID Gathering Guidelines
- JPus’ COVID-19 pages, regularly updated with resources and support for marriage officiants
- Member support articles about managing COVID
- Let your couples know about the resources available on findaJP’s COVID-19 pages
- Follow JPus’ Facebook page for coronavirus news and updates
- Zoom discussion on May 25, 2021 about making a buddy & more
- Be a part of the coronavirus-management conversation with fellow officiants in JPus’ members-only Facebook group
- Take the COVID Training Certification for the marriage officiant
- Face masks for the officiant and marriage couple. Made by JPus’ seamstress in quality satin fabrics
Articulating the Justice of the Peace Association’s core values supports our vision and shapes our culture. It shows what is important to us. For instance, our core values speak to our identity. Our principles. Our ethics. They are who we are.
JPus’ managing member, Loretta Jay, wrote in a LinkedIn article how her own Why influences the association’s direction and the proposed core values listed here. We invite our membership to review them, and then provide feedback.
Proposed Core Values
We believe in love, inclusion, integrity, helpfulness and inquisitiveness. These core values guide JPus’ objectives and our business practices.
- Love. We recognize that love is what makes the world go round. As an organization, we cherish our relationships with members and the love between our couples.
- Inclusion. We acknowledge and embrace diverse backgrounds and cultures. We actively pursue and practice equity for all people.
- Integrity. We are trustworthy and reliable. Services are performed honestly and with respect.
- Helpfulness. We go above and beyond to meet the needs of our couples and our members.
- Inquisitiveness. We believe that learning never stops. This means listening without judgment and being willing to ask for help. Digging in to a couple’s love story and embracing learning opportunities. Growing our knowledge about different cultures and enhancing our skills as marriage officiants.
- Managing member Loretta Jay’s LinkedIn article about how JPus’ social values influence its professional standards
- The Justice of the Peace Association’s Code of Ethics
- JPus’ managing member’s statement on racial injustice
- JPus works on behalf of the issues outlined on our Advocacy page