Due to COVID-19 precautions, your staff and Board leadership have decided to extend our building re-opening date to December 31, 2020. That means we will continue online-only worship services, classes, meetings, and events through the end of this calendar year. Although the State has allowed us to reopen to partial capacity, we are choosing not to re-open the building at the exclusion of our older and health-compromised members. Our greatest hope is that when we open the building, we will be opening it to all.
In the meantime, we are focusing on creating opportunities for all of us to engage our mission from home. Our small groups continue to meet and to welcome new participants; worship services are held weekly; Pastoral Care Associates are available for listening and support; and many of us are working for justice by amplifying the work of Black Lives Matter and encouraging voter participation. We will soon be launching new online discussions on anti-racism. The Human Rights Task Force has been imagining new opportunities for social action. We’ve continued to be generous in our community, donating thousands of dollars in the last few months to community organizations such as the Urban Bike Project, Planned Parenthood, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. And we have managed to continue the sacred work of memorializing our beloveds who have died, even while we are physically apart from one another.
All that to say, your staff, your Board of Trustees, Executive Team, committees, and other groups are still working hard to maintain First Unitarian Church, our beloved community that nourishes minds and spirits, fights injustice, and transforms the world through loving action.
The building is closed, but the church is still open. Thank you for being part of our beloved community!