Updated May 20, 2020.
Dear beloved UUCF community,
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Congregational Town Hall last week. It was an honest and open discussion of our deep caring for each other in the difficult realities of this time in our shared lives.
At that meeting, we discussed the guidance just released from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) about opening our facilities again. Initially the email made me pause and take a breath as my mind needed a minute to wrap around their suggestion: consider not regathering on our campus possibly until May 2021. Yes, for those who hadn’t seen that, pause and take a deep breath.
With that said, it’s up to each individual congregation, including ours, to decide when and how to open. However, I do want to lift up some important points from that communication that are grounded in our Unitarian Universalist deep values:
- Our abiding care and concern for the most vulnerable, inside and outside our congregation.
Accessibility and inclusion for all of our members and friends to participate in our congregation, regardless of health status, health vulnerability or ability.
- Recognition that we are part of an interdependent web and, as such, our risk-taking and our protective actions affect far more than just ourselves.
- Ethical treatment and expectations for our leaders and staff, minimizing the risks to their own health and well-being.
- Our affirmation that good science, coupled with our UU values, must be the basis upon which we make decisions about in-person gathering.
- Commitment to our mission, community and theology more than ever, mindful of the spiritual demands of this transition.
- Our deep hope that we as a country, and as a world, will not return to “normal” when the pandemic is over. We seek to live into “a new normal” of more justice, more love, more equity, more sustainability and more peace.
As we have previously stated, we will continue to monitor the situation locally. The lay and professional leadership of the congregation will be in constant discernment to make appropriate, safe and caring decisions about the congregation, our members, our children, our friends, our budget, our staff and the health and well-being of the wider community.
As always, please feel free to reach out by email if you have any questions or thoughts.
With much love, and please take care!
Rev. David A. Miller