Addressing Pandemics in Your Community

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

Caring for All

Ministering to Children, Youth, and Families

Pastoral Care Resources

Adapting Small Group Ministries and Affinity Groups for Adults

Holding Memorial Services When Gatherings Are Restricted

Finances and Operations



Business Meetings

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.

Give to the UUA COVID-19 Fund

Gifts to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response will be used to provide financial assistance to UU congregations and related UU entities, as well as to UU religious professionals and administrative staff impacted by this crisis.

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More COVID-19 Strategies and Tools

Explore the UU Leader Library and search on the term COVID-19 to find a wealth of resources for leading congregations during this crisis: from technical how-tos to inspirational case studies, the Leader Library will connect professional and lay leaders alike with tools for leading through this extraordinary time.

Browse the Leader Library

COVID-19 Worship Collection

This collection of worship resources written and/or performed during the COVID-19 pandemic is curated by the UUA's Minister of Worship Arts and created by many wonderful leaders in our midst. Updated continually, this collection is one to return to.

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