As we work our way through these uncertain and challenging times, we don’t need a lot of words. Mostly just we need clarity and reassurance, so this message will be short.
Your Board has been working closely with Rev. James and the staff to help our community remain connected and to establish a network of support for one another. We are fortunate to have so much of this transition already in place, thanks to dedication and resourcefulness of our staff and our amazing volunteers. Since March 10 when we halted all face-to-face activities, we have:
- Begun live streaming our Sunday services on YouTube;
- Transitioned our committee meetings, many Chalice Circles and many social gatherings to the Zoom platform;
- Established a network, coordinated by the Care Team, to contact and ensure support for our older members and friends and those living alone. Calls and contacts are in progress;
- Established a weekly newsletter for parents with information about Children’s Chapel on Zoom and related activities for kids;
- Worked with our community partners to ensure continuity in the efforts of our Justice Ministry.
We are all facing steep learning curves in a changed world. The immediate needs we face require us to reassess our priorities and change the way we carry out our work. But in all of this, we remain focused on our mission, and on what it means — in our present circumstances — “to build a Unitarian Universalist community that transforms lives and empowers people to serve the world.”
Your UUFR community is here for you, and there has never been a time when we’ve needed it more. Stay safe, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and be mindful of those in need all around us.
In faith and fellowship on behalf your Board,
Mary Kay Fruga