Pandemics
Planning for and Addressing Pandemics in Your Community
Safe Congregations

When outbreaks of life-threatening disease are spreading, and the possibility of pandemic is near, we can often feel helpless. But as communities of faith, we have a significant role to play in the prevention of pandemics and the response to pandemics when they occur.

Leading Our Congregations During a Pandemic

From emergency operations planning to adapting worship on Sunday mornings, we can slow the spread of disease by finding ways to gather with or without the physical presence of staff and parishioners in our building. 

UUA Guidance on "Reopening" In-Person

Leading Sunday Services Electronically

With technology and creativity, we can continue gathering virtually even when in-person gatherings are ill-advised. It is our strong UUA recommendation to not gather in person, and we advise everyone to heed their local health departments' recommendations.

Ministering to Children, Youth, and Families

Connecting With and Caring For People 

Adapting Small Group Ministries and Affinity Groups for Adults

Holding Memorial Services When Gatherings are Restricted

Addressing Financial and Employment Challenges

With hourly workers having fewer hours, annual pledge kick-off services canceled, and income uncertain, congregations have entered a financially-uncertain time during which we are all challenged to live our values despite very real financial fear. How can we be good employers? How can we foster financial generosity? What technical skills do we need to do an offering online on a Sunday morning?

See resources and guidance for: 

Holding Business Meetings

Developing and Activating an Emergency Operations Plan

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.

About the Author

  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

For more information contact safecongregations@uua.org.

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