Welcome to Discover Identity, or perhaps welcome back. Today marks the launch of our new website and we want to take this opportunity to share with you where we came from and where we are going. When we began the task of revamping our website, we did so because ironically, we thought we were having an “identity crisis.” As it turns out our “crisis” wasn’t about identity, but rather as the chain gang captain in the film “Cool Hand Luke” says:” What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
As with identity, which we believe must be both fixed and flexible in order to be healthy, our new website reflects new ideas based on an established mission. The revision process involved much discussion, rewriting, and feedback. Having now arrived at the end of the project we realize that in many ways the end is just another beginning, and more importantly we recognize that we are essentially unchanged. The differences lie in how we have built upon our foundational identity as an organization and how we communicate this to you. This article focuses on that expansion and how we are evolving. A companion piece entitled, The Birth of a Movement, goes into greater detail about our foundational roots and future vision.
What’s changed, what’s new, and what’s stayed the same?
The look, feel, and content of our website has changed. We’ve added new content, explained what we do in greater detail and reorganized our existing content so that it is more accessible. Our aim is to clearly communicate who we are, what we do, and who we do it for.
We have created placeholders on the site to make you aware of the behind the scenes work that is being done in support of women and couples. Content will be added soon, and programs are planned within the coming year.
Men’s Groups in Georgia and Utah.
Additional blog topics that reflect our expanding audience.
Stayed the same:
We continue to offer programs for men, presented by our men’s division, The Men of Good Will. This includes the As I Am retreat. As I Am is a retreat for men with experience in or around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that teaches Christ-like masculinity. Additional testimonials from recent retreat participants have also been added.
Our blog, which covers topics on masculinity, the LDS experience, identity, and Jesus Christ. As mentioned above, additional blog topics have been added to better reflect our expanded audience.
We are still and will always be an organization committed to the discovery and creation of identity. In addition, our mission, vision, and values remain the same.
And so, Discover Identity is evolving, building on the foundation we started just under two years ago. To better understand where, why, and how this all started please read, Birth of a Movement, which goes into greater detail about who we are, why we do what we do, and where we see this movement going.
In closing, we would be remiss if we did not express gratitude to the many volunteers and participants who have made our movement grow as far (Utah, Brazil, and Georgia) and fast (300+ names on our email list and over 150 people who have attended our retreats, groups, and special events) as it has.
We are a non-profit organization whose greatest asset is the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers, who have given countless hours staffing, creating, writing, advising, and promoting the identity movement. We also want to gratefully acknowledge the trust that participants have placed in us as they undertake their exploration of identity.
At this time we are particularly grateful to Aaron Perkins for all the development, programming, and project management he has provided in making the newest iteration of our website possible, but more than all he did in support of this project, we want to acknowledge his dedication and enthusiasm, which has kept the rest of us going, even when the task seemed overwhelming.
Thank you, Aaron