As communities of faith, we have an important role to play in preventing and responding to pandemics and other significant disease outbreaks. From emergency operations planning to adapting worship on Sunday mornings, you can slow the spread of illness while continuing to meet the needs of your congregants and community during a challenging time. As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved since March of 2020, UUA guidance and resources have continuously updated to provide the most accurate information possible.
With a new congregational year begun in pandemic conditions, UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray offers a message of support and love, along with revised guidance for regathering in today's complicated context:
UUA Guidance on Reopening in Person
UU congregations are essential, but must remain cautious about in person gatherings until COVID-19 is widely agreed to be under control. UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person As the Pandemic Evolves contains questions for congregations to consider as you decide when and how it might be safe to hold some programs in person.
Leading Sunday Services Electronically
In May 2021 the UUA advised congregations to plan for a flexible combination of in-person and online engagement based on the needs and risks of your community
- Worship resources for the COVID-19 pandemic
- Using UUA-copyrighted materials in virtual worship
- Resources for Multiplatform (in-person and virtual) worship and programs
Caring for All
Ministering to Children, Youth, and Families
- Resources for Faith Development During Physical Distancing
- Parenting During a Pandemic
- The robust Lay Spiritual Care Training for non-ordained leaders includes a module on Children and Youth.
Pastoral Care Resources
- Pastoral care and support networks during pandemics
- A robust Lay Spiritual Care Training for non-ordained leaders
- Trauma Response and COVID, a video by Rev. Sunshine Wolfe
Adapting Small Group Ministries and Affinity Groups for Adults
- Technical guidance for adapting small group meetings to be online
Holding Memorial Services When Gatherings Are Restricted
- A guide to planning online memorial services offers guidance on videoconference gatherings as well as preparation for multiple in-person celebrations of life when gatherings are able to resume.
Finances and Operations
- Congregations as employers during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Self-care and staff care during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Stewardship during virtual Sundays
- Collecting the offering electronically
- Facing financial stewardship challenges (including pledge drives that have been disrupted)
- Insights on the legality of holding official meetings online during a pandemic
- Technical guidance for online virtual voting in all-member congregational meetings being conducted virtually
Engage With Our Growing Library of Resources
A time of pandemic is indeed a time that reminds us of the Interconnected Web of All Existence. Whatever we can do to nurture the health of the web in such a critical time is a true way to live out our Principles.