COVID-19 (a.k.a coronavirus) response
Our board has decided to suspend in-person Sunday services and any in-person meetings or groups at UUMAN until further notice.
Update email from Todd Callen, UUMAN Board President on March 19th, 2020:
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
What a strange and unprecedented time we are living in! Uncertainty reigns supreme and we are all collectively trying to navigate this new world which is dramatically changing each day. In moments like this, I am especially grateful for the community and connectedness that UUMAN provides, as I am sure you all are as well.
I promised an update last week after we decided as a Board to close UUMAN’s in-person service last Sunday, and since then, schools have closed, businesses have ceased certain operations, and more and more we are needing to social distance. It is clear to The Board that we must suspend in-person Sunday services and any in-person meetings or groups at UUMAN until further notice.
But with social distancing can come feelings of isolation, and it is critical we maintain our sense of community and “connectedness” throughout this period. As previously mentioned, Sunday sermons will continue virtually, and the appropriate web link will be provided each week so be on the lookout. Also, our Communications Team recommends Google Meet for easy access for both video and audio for virtual meetings. The Board encourages using these types of virtual meetings to stay connected with one another during these times. If your internet connection is poor, dial-in with a phone number. I have copied and reposted Phillip’s Google Meet instructions below.
Be safe and stay connected during this period of uncertainty. Don’t create unnecessary risks for yourselves and your families. Reach out if you need help. We are all here to support each other, and we will all get through this together as a community
Letter from Todd Callen, UUMAN Board President on March 12th, 2020:
Dear UUMAN Members,
With recent events regarding the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Board has been discussing how to best manage our traditional services and keep our members as safe as possible. We first wanted to make sure everyone had access to the UUA recommendations here: https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/preparing-coronavirus-your-congregation.
Out of love and concern for everyone at UUMAN, as well our dedication to the common good of the larger community, the UUMAN Board has decided to suspend in-person services and meetings for this Sunday, March 15. This also includes cancellation of OWL and any other groups that meet on-site on Sunday. We are also closely monitoring the situation and will update the status of future Sundays shortly. As we know from the public health experts, the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to limit the gathering of crowds before any cases in the community are discovered. To protect the most vulnerable among us, we all need to limit our contact. This truly is a “moving from ME to WE” moment.
The Board is looking at how to best broadcast a version of the Sunday sermons via video and audio so they can be viewed at home on a computer. We are looking at options such as Google Hangouts and Zoom. We would also encourage individual groups to set up remote capabilities (or at worst conference call capabilities) to allow flexibility for all of our individual UUMAN groups. We will announce to the congregation once we have this feature set up.
The Board takes its safety responsibility very seriously. As the UUA says, we want to make sure we are caring for our most vulnerable and keeping our exposure at a minimum. We also acknowledge that we cannot make UUMAN a 100% completely sanitized and safe place, so we want to make sure we are being most prudent during this time of uncertainty.
Family Promise will still continue, as it is our mission to care for others. We will be having the cleaning service do an extra deep cleaning this Sunday and we will be doing our best to keep UUMAN as clean as possible.
We recognize this is an inconvenience for all of us, but The Board takes its safety responsibility very seriously. As the UUA says, we want to make sure we are caring for our most vulnerable and keeping our exposure at a minimum. We also acknowledge that we cannot make UUMAN a 100% completely sanitized and safe place, so we want to make sure we are providing flexibility and options for our members and visitors.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Peace and Love,