We gather indoors for worship, Children’s Religious Exploration and other groups! Our worship services are also offered on Zoom.
We no longer check vaccination cards, though we do strongly encourage all to get the vaccines and boosters for all ages 6 months and older.
- Sneezing, excessive mucus.
If you have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home.
Many of our small groups opt to meet on Zoom. Other gatherings have been meeting in person in the sanctuary, such as:
- Faith Examined Group. Find out more
- Democracy/UU the Vote. Find out more
Find out more about other upcoming events
Why Do We Still Require Masks?
While many places are lifting this requirement, we will continue to require masks inside our building. This is partly because of a lack of airflow in our sanctuary, but more importantly it is because we are a beloved community. The CDC’s guidance is about individuals. As congregations, our decisions about masking or un-masking need to be about community. We are in covenant with one another to act not just as a collection of individuals, but as a body that works for the good of all.
Because our Unitarian Universalist faith is grounded in values that call us to care about one another, we must continue to make our decision by centering the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The UUA encourages congregations to maintain a culture of indoor masking when they gather in person.
Practicing Consent and Compassion
Part of being in beloved community is respecting others and showing compassion. When making decisions, always practice covenantal consent–taking time to listen deeply to one another’s concerns and fears before making any decisions that might put other members of the community at risk, either physically or mentally.
We need to acknowledge everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to risk. Please remember: these are your UU Fellowship companions and we want to respect people’s decisions on how they participate in worship or small group gatherings.
We also want to talk about hugging, handshakes, high fives, etc. As we teach our youngest children in Our Whole Lives (OWL), consent is very important. Even those friends who you may have always shared a hug with before may not feel up to it yet. Let’s show our children and each other that we understand consent. Before hugging, please ask … and be prepared to hear “no.” This includes members of the staff. We all love you … and we want to stay safe, too.
Are you the event coordinator for an indoor small-group gathering? Or would you like to be on one of the teams that makes all these gatherings run smoothly? Contact Jo El Miano, chair of Council on Shared Ministry, and she can connect you with the team that interests you! firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-578-5821.
Have questions? Want to be on a team that’s making all this happen? Contact Jo El Miano, chair of Council on Shared Ministry, and she can connect you!
We are all learning this path forward together . . . so expect lots of bends in the road. Maybe two steps forward and one step back? But we will be in community together and we move forward stronger, more courageous, more compassionate!