Posted Jul. 24, 2020.
“For at least the next year, we anticipate our lives to be shaped by the timeline set by COVID-19. We face difficult choices between conflicting needs and imperatives. But we must avoid framing our situation in terms of a false choice between reviving the economy – or our churches – and saving lives. If we don’t continue our efforts to contain the virus, a new wave of infections and deaths will cause further damage and we will lose what we’ve gained from the measures we’ve already taken. And if we push the envelope too far by reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, we may unfairly force on our more vulnerable members the choice between keeping themselves and others safe and participating in congregational life like everyone else.”
– Wisconsin Council of Churches
Dear UUCF Community,
As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we will update the congregation on thoughts and policy decisions designed to be as responsible as possible regarding the health and safety of UUCF and the wider community. These decisions are made with an understanding that this is a very difficult time for us all, including families with children, those of us living alone and all those missing the connection to our beautiful campus and the in-person connection that provides us with so much meaning.
Therefore, UUCF leadership is continuously evaluating our options on re-opening our facilities and will communicate any plans to do so. There are many factors to consider before we determine it is safe and prudent for the congregation to gather again in person. We do not expect to do so any time this summer or fall and we are prepared to continue virtual-only gatherings for the next year. We will continue to follow the guidance of Church Mutual, our insurance carrier, the Unitarian Universalist Association, public health officials and other community decision makers. We will also continue to err on the side of caution, which means that at this moment we have no definite time frame for how long this will be the case.
This is obviously not the optimal way for us to be in community with each other, however we continue to believe it is better to be cautious while dealing with so many unknowns.
For more details related to campus and facilities use, please see the UUCF Policy on Campus Closure – updated by the Coordinating Team on Jul. 16, 2020
With best wishes for your health and safety,
UUCF Board of Directors
UUCF Coordinating Team