As you may have already read, Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, our UUA President is suggesting congregations plan to not resume in-person gatherings until May, 2021. (See letter below.) Details of her thinking are in the message below. Obviously this recommendation is subject to change based on world events.
Remember, this is a suggestion, and not a mandate. Unitarian Universalist Congregations are independent and self-governed. We will be making the right decisions for us, taking the needs and particularities of our church and community into account, as well as the recommendations of the UUA. We will continue to make decisions about our operations, likely on a two-three month basis. We are not making decisions beyond that at this time.
What I know is that we will be holding summer programming this year, including worship. These programs will be less formal, giving us the opportunity to connect and worship together more intimately. You will be receiving a worship and program schedule within the next two weeks. Sunday worship will be held on Zoom. The schedule includes a combination of attending other UU congregations virtually, and preaching by me, Julie, Justin and Marcus Lisle.
There is good news, amidst all of this. We have each other! Good things are coming out of this experience. And it is hard.
I hope you are taking good care of yourself. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want to talk, or need an ear. Take time for yourself, and pace yourself. Reach out to each other, and tell the truth about how you are doing. We are here for each other through good times and bad. That is an important part of what makes us a church.
Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest of truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humankind in fellowship,
To the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the Divine
Thus do we covenant with each other and with God.
I am ever glad we are in this together, and that I am your minister.
Our beloved congregation, and each of you, remain in my thoughts and prayers.
In faith and love,