The continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities and around the world presents an ever-shifting reality where we must balance our desire to be together in physical spaces with the safety and well-being of our Fellowship, its staff, and the community at large.
The Board and Professional Religious Staff of UUFHC, together with related sitting committees and special task force groups, are working to evaluate this rapidly evolving situation and to develop guidelines that will support decision making and allow us to meet the spiritual needs of our community safely.
It is critical to note that stated guidelines and requirements will evolve as new information becomes available. The following document includes the current guidelines and requirements identified by the Board. This information will be changed and updated as the situation continues to evolve. The Board commits to ensuring that all information is communicated to the Fellowship quickly and that decisions are made with transparency.
To provide opportunities to participate online and in our building during this difficult period of a worldwide pandemic, we trust everyone who participates will consider the well-being and safety of our beloved community and follow all safety measures identified. Adherence to these guidelines is a part of remaining in right relationship and of supporting our beloved community.
Finally, all individuals who are eligible are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine.
Questions or concerns should be brought directly to Rev. María or to the Board for discussion
The guiding tenets for all decision making around COVID-19 are:
Throughout this time, we commit to focus on healing and community building with attention to those populations most at risk throughout the pandemic.
The UUFHC Board has established a baseline condition for being able to gather indoors as 14 consecutive days when the COVID-19 positive test rate is 5% or below in Harford County, MD. We will be using the UUA recommended site COVID ACT NOW (covidactnow.org) to track this data. You can monitor the data by clicking on the following button.
We call this a baseline condition because there are other considerations around being able to return to in-person indoor programs, but this is the first condition that will have to be met.
This is the first, but not the only, condition that must be met prior to returning to indoor gatherings. However, meeting this baseline condition does not signify an automatic return to indoor gathering. There are other considerations that Rev. María, the Worship Committee, Director of Faith Formation, the Technology Committee, and others will assess. These groups will work with the Board to assess the remaining logistical, technology, safety and spiritual needs and plan for returning to indoor gathering.
The Board will announce a date for return as soon as possible; however, that date is subject to change as conditions change.
Once conditions have been satisfied and the decision has been made to return to indoor gathering, all participants will be required to adhere to the following requirements:
We also want to thank all the members that took time to complete the UUFHC Multi-Platform congregational survey. We had a tremendous response with 83 submissions covering 123 persons! This information is very helpful in informing and guiding the Board's work. The final survey results are available here. If there are any questions regarding this survey, please feel free to reach out to Erica Bertoli, Board President or Mark Davis, Board Vice President.
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Check the literature racks in the coat rack hall. If you missed the information about the Rowe Conference Center, SUUSI, and UUMAC for the summer and autumn, please be aware that there are so many wonderful opportunities for families and single persons to extend the realm of fellowship and to meet other UUs at these UU-sponsored places.
Besides camp and conference information,
there are periodicals which you may take home, read and bring back,
or pass along to others.
Magazines such as UU World,
HOPE, Science & Spirit, UTNE,
and many others are in the racks.
Catalogs from the fair trade artisans and teaching tapes are interesting!
You don't have to sign-out anything.
If you have some to contribute, simply place in the mailbox
Literature Rack with your name and telephone number if you are not
a member. No obvious political items, please. Enjoy!