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  • Tips for Conducting Online Memorials

    Guidance for holding online memorial services to remember and celebrate the dead during a time of mandated physical distancing.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • Planning In-Person Memorial Services When Restrictions are Lifted

    When restrictions on gathering are lifted, many congregations will have several memorial services they will need to schedule and hold. This page offers tips for planning services smoothly, so that the focus can be on pastoral care and grief support.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • Memorials and Funerals in Times of Physical Distancing

    When authorities limit in-person gatherings to 25 or 10 or even fewer people, it necessarily affects our capacity to hold funerals and memorial services. This page offers ideas and resources for developing online or limited attendance alternatives.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • Keep the Trolls Out! Avoid Zoom Bombing

    You are streaming a worship service when suddenly random people flood in and cause chaos. They talk, yell, cuss, try to broadcast pornography, have explicit profile pictures, etc. What do you do?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/2/2020
  • Parenting During a Pandemic

    What do you and your family need during a time when you need to stay at home and provide all of your family's needs?
    4/2/2020
  • How to Connect Using Facebook

    Facebook is a popular social media platform to share our faith with others, to connect with one another, and to promote UU values in the world. This is an overview from the Faith on Facebook Resource Hub.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/2/2020
  • Electronic Giving

    Offering many ways to give is imperative during times of physical distancing.
    By Stewardship for Us, Rachel Maxwell | 3/31/2020
  • Zoom Licenses for Congregations

    The UUA has negotiated with Zoom, a videoconferencing provider, to provide congregations with a Business Level license for a discounted price of $110 per license. Typically these licenses are only available if you order at least 10, through this program you may order as few or...
    3/31/2020
  • Technical Guidance on Virtual Voting for Online Congregational Meetings

    Ideas for how you can make sure every vote is counted at your congregation's virtual meetings.
    By Larry Stritof, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 3/30/2020
  • Is it Legal to Hold Congregational Meetings Online?

    When your congregation can't gather in person to meet (due to crisis, pandemic, or disaster), can you make binding decisions while meeting online?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/30/2020
  • Creating Grief Kits for Times of Physical Distancing.

    In a time of physical distancing, how might we respond to deaths that cannot yet be marked by gathering in person? You may want to create Grief Kits that can be delivered to the backdoors or porches of congregants.
    By Leah Ongiri | 3/30/2020
  • Spiral Spiritual Practice in the Time of Corona

    What spiritual practices are available to help us grow our resilience and point us towards collective liberation? Learn about the four-point Spiral from the Work That Reconnects (WTR).
    By Karen G. Johnston | 3/27/2020
  • Budgeting in Uncertain Times

    Budgeting for the new year is very much on everyone’s mind. There is no telling how the pandemic will affect pledge drives underway, nor fulfillment of current year pledges. Congregations also fear the loss or reduction of other income from rentals, fundraisers, plate...
    By Barry Finklestein, Stewardship for Us | 3/27/2020
  • Preparing for the Pandemic Before It Comes to Your Congregation

    Clergy are learning from local disaster response experts and are sharing what they are learning. Clear guidance is emerging on how to prepare for the pandemic when it hits your community.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/26/2020
  • Federal Policies and Actions Related to COVID-19

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has issued a number of policies and actions that impact employees. We are providing summary information, with links to additional resources. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
    By Richard Nugent, Jan Gartner | 3/26/2020
  • Worship Resources for the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Sometimes circumstances call for special material—and the current pandemic is one such circumstance. We're grateful to the people here who have written and shared worship resources for worship in the time of Covid-19. ...
    3/26/2020
  • Pandemic Resilience: a spiritual guide

    three components for trauma resilience: agency (knowledge of what you have control over, what you don’t, and the ability to make your own choices), purpose (awareness that you are part of something bigger, that you have a role to play) and self-reliance (the belief you can...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/21/2020
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Researching Copyright for Live Streaming

    Understanding copyright law is not a normal part of church leadership! Here are some tips to help you navigate what music you can use and how to secure permissions.
    3/20/2020
  • Using UUA Publications for Online Religious Education and Small Group Ministry

    Do you have publications or other materials from the UUA or Skinner House books that you want to use for online faith development such as religious education or small group ministry? Here are some guidelines:
    By Mary Benard | 3/20/2020
  • Making Time for Community Connection

    Our people need to connect with one another. How might we use technology to make that happen during times of social distancing?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/19/2020
  • Dear Parents: It Will Be Enough

    Hey parents who now have kids underfoot, I want to say something that might be shocking. I want to give you permission to NOT DO ANYTHING ACADEMIC with your kids. I want you to know that whatever you need to do to get through this slow moving crisis, it will be enough.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/19/2020
  • Parents, It Will Be Enough

    Hey parents who now have kids underfoot, I want to say something that might be shocking. I want to give you permission to NOT DO ANYTHING ACADEMIC with your kids. I want you to know that whatever you need to do to get through this slow moving crisis, it will be enough.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/19/2020
  • Tips for Talking with Children About the Pandemic

    Michelle Richards provides helpful tips for talking with children about the pandemic including how much to say, what to watch for and ways to reassure them
    By Michelle Richards | 3/19/2020
  • Don't Let Scammers Take Advantage During Anxious Times

    Scammers like to strike when people are anxious. Be sure to take a breath, then remind yourself, YOUR MINISTER WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO BUY GIFT CARDS!
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/19/2020
  • Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How can your congregation be a good employer during the COVID-19 pandemic? Caring for staff is an opportunity to model your values and spirit for the congregation, to demonstrate the kindness, creativity, and interdependence that these days ask of us. We will update this page...
    By Jan Gartner | 3/19/2020
  • Sample Questions for Potential Lay Pastoral Caregivers and Their References

    Questions that help you select good laypeople to be part of your congregation's pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/18/2020
  • Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic

    Many congregational leaders have expressed anxiety about fundraising at this time. Here are some frames and resources to help you adjust your stewardship campaign and giving opportunities.
    By Lauren Smith | 3/18/2020
  • A Guide to Faith Development in a Time of Physical Distancing

    Households and families are struggling under quarantine conditions, many uncertainties, and illness as the world experiences the COVID19 pandemic. Explore practical and spiritual resources to grow in faith when you can't be in person.
    3/18/2020
  • Congregations "Buddy up" for Online Worship

    Rev. Darcey Laine’ serves two of our small congregations. Because of her idea, congregations across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvannia have started “buddying up.”
    By Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine | 3/17/2020
  • How to Quickly Build a Lay Pastoral Care Network

    The emotional, spiritual, and health needs during a time of pandemic are great, and no one congregational leader can handle it all! Here are some tips for expanding and strengthening your pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/17/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing

    Physical isolation doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are a collection of resources to help your members and friends feel connected and cared for.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/17/2020
  • Reaching Out Safely

    In this time of Coronavirus we want to help each other and be supportive. Some of this requires at least being able to exchange stuff. But how to do it safely?
    By Beth Casebolt | 3/17/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • Pacing Ourselves in a Pandemic

    Rev. Cecilia Kingman, minister for Faith and Justice at the Edmonds UU Congregation in Edmonds, Washington, reminds us to pace ourselves. This is going to be a long haul, and there is much loss and grieving to come in most of our communities.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/17/2020
  • Simple Online Pastoral Care

    Physical distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are some creative ways to provide pastoral care in a time of physical distancing.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/16/2020
  • A Pastoral Note to One-Person Households in a Time of Physical Distancing

    The weeks ahead may be particularly hard for you if you are living alone. Here are some reminders as we enter this time of social distancing.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/16/2020
  • Healthcare is a wild, grief-filled ride right now

    Emily McKinney, hospice chaplain and music director, shares the pastoral needs of health care providers during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
    3/14/2020
  • Simple Online Sunday Morning

    A quality Sunday morning experience online does not need to be complicated or highly technical. Especially helpful for smaller congregations.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Resources for Talking with Children about COVID-19

    Talking with kids about the coronavirus can be hard. Here are some resources
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Parenting During a Time of Physical Distancing

    Parents who are facing several weeks cooped at home need community support! Here’s some advice compiled from religious professionals.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/13/2020
  • Simple Online Faith Formation

    Guidance on how to do faith formation on line.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Explaining to Children About The Need for Virtual Church

    A script and video sample for explaining why church is moving online to her congregation's children by DRE Helen Rose
    By Helen Rose, UU Church of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL | 3/13/2020
  • Learnings about Worship Online

    Church of the Larger Fellowship past and present Learning Fellows share their top learnings about worship, connecting and doing church online.
    By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA | 3/13/2020
  • Creating Community Online

    Community, including intimate, deep, and spiritually supportive versions thereof, can be created and sustained in online spaces, including covenant groups, ritual, pastoral care, and community interactions.
    By Jordinn Nelson Long | 3/12/2020
  • Multigenerational Ministry in an Age of Physical Distancing

    As a parent of young children, the idea of staying home with my kids for two weeks makes me think: severe cabin fever. Selfishly, I began wondering how our congregations can help. I mean, really, there would be days a five minute Facetime call with my six year old so someone...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/12/2020
  • Sustaining Connection in a Coronavirus World

    Learn what congregations and other groups are doing to maintain real connection virtually in times such as these. Guests include the Revs Mykal Slack, Jessica Star Rockers and Suzanne Fast.
    By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA | 3/12/2020
  • Stay Away and Connect

    If you are a leader or have a strong following, you have great power in this situation to help people navigate it with grace. Using what we know about neurobiology and trauma, here are some pro-tips from a professional in the field of helping communities navigate great change...
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 3/12/2020
  • Guidelines for Using UUA-Copyrighted Materials in Online Worship

    Learn what UUA publications you can use when streaming or posting recordings of your worship service.
    By UUA Communications: Publications | 3/11/2020
  • Streaming to Zoom

    Zoom is an affordable paid service that has both streaming and meeting capbilities. It is used by the UUA, affiliates and many member congregations.
    3/11/2020
  • Accessibilty Considerations for Streaming Services and Online Meetings

    Online meetings and streaming worship don't work well for everyone. Here are some tips and tools to make your online programs more accessible.
    3/11/2020
  • Holding Online Meetings - Human Considerations

    Because hospitality is important to human relationships, learning how to host in online spaces is essential. People come with different levels of experience and comfort. Here are some tips to help host an online space that can help host an online space that can help build...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/10/2020

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