The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with Rev. Rachel, has decided that People’s Church will host no large in-person gatherings, including Sunday services, until these gatherings pose a minimal risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Reasonable safety may result from widespread vaccine use, effective treatment, low disease incidence in our community combined with robust testing and contact tracing, and/or other means. It is our best prediction that we will not be all together in person until at least early 2021.
This conclusion pains us; we fiercely miss seeing one another, lifting our voices together in song, and sharing conversation and connection. We also know that this decision is what our faith calls us to now. We are called to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science as well as respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person. At this moment, faithful Unitarian Universalist practice means keeping our physical distance from one another while creating community online, over the phone, and in other ways.
The church building itself remains open for staff who cannot work remotely and People’s people who need to enter the building to access wi-fi or for other purposes. (Please contact Rev. Rachel or office administrator Chris Schleuder if you plan to enter the building, so we can make sure spaces are cleaned after use.) Plans are still being formulated for fall religious education programming and other small group activities. Please reach out to us with your ideas for how to create community in physically distant ways in the coming church year.