COVID-19 and our Fellowship
This page will be updated weekly with the latest information about the virus and our Fellowship’s response.
Join Us for Online Sunday Services
During the public health emergency, all Fellowship gatherings, including Sunday services, have been moved online. Join us for service on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. by clicking on the link a few minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Especially during this time, it is good to be together. We would love to see you there.
We use the video conferencing service Zoom for our online services and meetings. Zoom can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
If you haven’t used Zoom before we suggest clicking the link a few minutes early as you’ll need to install a browser plugin (or app if on a mobile device) which should just take a minute or two.
Weekly Message from Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry
|March 25, 2020|
Today the regional stay-at-home orders arrived, and the restrictions on our lives continue to increase. Lately, I can’t get Marge Piercy’s poem “The Seven of Pentacles” out of my mind, especially the line:
This is how we are going to live for a long time, but not always
We may be here, each in our homes, physically distant, for a long while. There is much loss in this time, so much uncertainty. Without annual events like the Council on World Affairs and the Bolder Boulder that connect the community and provide us something to look forward to, we may feel adrift. With long awaited milestones like graduations, family reunions, and anniversary celebrations knocked off their chronological pedestal, we may feel anger. With the anxiety of an invisible sickness making its way through our community, we may feel scared. And for some, there may be a sense of relief, a welcome change of pace, a reconnecting to family and the earth. Be gentle with yourself and whatever emotions are arising for you during this time. There is nothing to judge, just notice them arising and let them be.
As the magnitude of this worldwide pandemic started to enter my awareness, I began asking myself and congregational leaders:
What if everything you and I have experienced to date
has prepared us for this moment in our history?
This week, as a spiritual practice, I invite you to find some quiet time, center yourself, and make a few lists. You may choose to do this over a number of days, or all at once. Keep adding to your lists as more items arise for you:
Name 50 people who have influenced your life — include people you know personally, and people you have never met; include people living today, and any ancestors; include people whose names you know, and people who remain anonymous to you.
Name 20 experiences that have influenced your life — include high points and low points, ordinary and peak experiences, events with personal impact and events with global impact.
Name 10 personal attributes you have that serve you well — things like a sense of humor, generosity, kindness, etc. Include attributes you freely share now, and those that have been dormant for a while.
Trust that you have what you need.
Trust that you are not alone.
Trust that we will get through this together.
Connecting via Zoom
We understand finding one’s way into a “Zoom Room” can be challenging and we are trying to minimize the confusion.
All Fellowship Sunday Services can be found at: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/7202728284
or call in at: 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 720 272 8284
There is also a link on the home page of the Fellowship website.
Meetings with me will also be on this same Zoom link.
All School of the Spirit events can be found at: https://zoom.us/j/552956886
Zoom links for any Fellowship meetings will be made available on our calendar, found here: Fellowship google calendar.
It has been such a joy to see your faces on Sunday these past few weeks. Even more folks were able to join us this past Sunday with our new expanded Zoom capacity. Invite your friends!
Sunday Services will continue to be held at 12:30 p.m., with School of the Spirit Zoom class at 11:45 a.m.
For the coming weeks, we will be grounding ourselves in the Five Jagged Rocks of Unitarian Universalism. Each Sunday, we will focus on one aspect of our theology and how it can provide strongholds during these uncertain times.
March 29: There is a Unity that Makes Us One — Dana Samani and Chris Rathweg, service associates, with Rev. Lydia
April 5: Courageous Love Transforms the World (UUSC Sunday) — Rev. Lydia, Rev. Catharine Harris and Pete Wernick, service associate
April 12: Salvation in This Life: EASTER Reinterpreted Rev. Lydia and Karin Griglak
April 19: All Souls are Sacred and Worthy Eric Williams and Irene Faivre, service associates
April 26: Truth Continues to be Revealed Rev. Lydia and Irene Faivre, service associate
Each week, I’ll open my Zoom Room for anyone who wants to hang out. (Zoom office hours!) Here’s my office hours schedule for the next couple of weeks:
Tuesday, March 31, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Please remember that we have extended our pledge drive, and are still waiting to hear from about 65 anticipated members and friends. How grateful I am that people have already pledged $404K towards our $489K pledge drive goal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
During these uncertain times, we understand that you must make the best decisions you can for yourself and for what you can share with the Fellowship. Sending in a pledge, no matter the amount, enables the Fellowship to plan for the coming year. Even telling us you are unable to pledge this year (by writing the word “exemption” on your pledge card, or in the on-line pledge form) will help us wrap up this pledge drive and create our 2020-21 budget. Your generosity shows up in so many ways, and inspires me deeply.
Caring and Being Cared for
Caring needs are likely to increase as we hit the peak of this virus and social isolation and the global economic crisis impact our most vulnerable populations. If you would like to be a part of our growing caring network, email the Neighborhood Connector Coordinators, Sharon Hardin and Sheri Price. If you would like support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See after my signature for this week’s list of recommended online resources for up-to-date information, and for a list of how I am communicating at this time.
May we continue to bring love, reason, compassion and justice into the world, no matter how we gather,
on behalf of the COVID-19 Preparedness team
Carol Pranschke, Office Manager;
Constance Holden, Caring Council;
Deborah Mensch, A/V;
Janet Meyer, Communication and Personnel
Jessica Laikeman, Director Lifespan Faith Formation;
Judy Schmidt, Health Information Task Force;
Karen Axe, Health Information Task Force;
Marky Lloyd, Board President; and
Nancy DiLaura, Vice President.
Recommended links for online, reputable sources for more information:
Please use reputable websites for accurate information including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDHPE), and your county health department. These websites often link to other sites they have vetted and consider accurate.
The WHO website posted some common myths about COVID-19 answering some questions about prevention and treatment using home remedies.
The CDC website offers regular Situation Summary updates at this site.
CDPHE website posts daily case data and other information.
You can expect to receive weekly information from me in these forms:
an email communication with this same title from me on Wednesdays
a link on Connections Weekly on Fridays, and
an update on Sundays, no matter how we gather
these will be linked to Facebook etc.
|March 18, 2020|
As the landscape keeps shifting with the impact of the corona virus on our community, the Fellowship is here for you. By staying connected, we will navigate our way through these times. Imagine that everything we’ve done, individually and collectively, has been preparing us for this moment in time. Over the past few years, our congregation has learned to adapt to lots of change, to be flexible and to gather remotely. We have caring networks for one another, and a strong web of relationships to build upon.
What a joy it was to see all those folks who were able to join us via Zoom on Sunday! And for those of you who were unable to join us, our apologies. Rest assured, we are researching both how to increase our capacity and train folks who are new to these technologies. It was pretty darn good for a first service online.
I continue to be appreciative of the many ways you continue to be so generous with your financial resources. Your monetary donations last Sunday kept pace with in-person services, and we received a donation to the minister’s discretionary fund, which supports people in need within our congregation. Please remember that we are still in our pledge season, and we understand that you must make the best decisions you can for yourself and for what you can share with the Fellowship. Your generosity shows up in so many ways, and inspires me deeply.
I’d like to share some new information now:
Each week, I’ll open my Zoom Room for anyone who wants to hang out. (Zoom office hours!)
Here’s my office hours schedule for the next two weeks:
Wednesday, March 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Grab a cuppa tea, or a snack, and join me! Drop in and out any time.
These dates with the Zoom link are posted on the Fellowship website
Link to my zoom room and link to the instruction form
Our Caring Council is meeting this week to strengthen our networks, paying particular attention to individuals living alone, and to those with physical and mental health issues. If you would like to be a part of our growing caring network, email the Neighborhood Connector Coordinators, Sharon Hardin and Sheri Price. May’s Path to Membership is cancelled. Stay tuned for when our next class will be offered. Everyone is welcome to attend all of our Fellowship offerings, no matter their membership status.
Stay Connected to Other UUs:
The VUU — a weekly UU talk show
Church of the Larger Fellowship Worship Service
Stay tuned for details about this Sunday’s service. Hope you can find your bunny slippers!
See the end of this letter for recommended online resources for up-to-date information, and for a couple of highlights from my first letter.
May we continue to bring love, reason, compassion and justice into the world, no matter how we gather,
Recommended links for online sources for more information:
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For the most current information, there are numerous organizations helping to inform the public. The Boulder County website has some basic, and local, information. There, you can also find links to state, national and world health organizations that have a vast amount of information. For those over 60 and those with underlying health conditions, extra precautions are needed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Staying Healthy offers helpful guidance. There’s a lot of misinformation about how the virus spreads. Although it may be possible to get COVID-19 from touching a contaminated surface, person to person transmission is what has been documented so far. You’ll find more information about how it spreads at this link at the Center for Disease Control website. Information is changing by the hour as more is learned about the characteristics of this virus. These links are dynamic and change as new information becomes available.
March 12, 2020
With deep sadness, I write to say that our present public health emergency necessitates that we suspend all in-person gatherings connected to the Fellowship until further notice. And that means everything — Sunday services, and things like Auction events, covenant groups, and meetings.
We are planning for regular Sunday services but we will not be together physically. Instead, we will start this Sunday with one service at 12:30 p.m. via live stream, led by me. (Staff and lay leaders who are participating in these services will be maintaining at least a six-foot distance from one another). Our service will include all of our usual elements – chalice-lighting, meditation, music, a pastoral prayer, and a reflection. So gather your family and join us at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday. Instructions for joining us will be shared as soon as they are available. School of the Spirit will also livestream on Sunday, either before or after the regular service. Please keep an eye out for more information.
We need each other, perhaps now more than ever. And we are planning for all the ways we can stay connected through this difficult time. We have established a COVID-19 Response Team:
- Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Minister;
- Carol Pranschke, Office Manager;
- Jessica Laikeman, Director Lifespan Faith Formation;
- Marky Lloyd, Board President;
- Deborah Mensch, A/V;
- Nancy DiLaura, Vice President; and
- Karen Axe as our Information Curator.
This group is meeting at least weekly and in regular contact to plan communications and responses to this rapidly changing public health emergency.
We have developed a communication plan:
- I will send a weekly email with updates on Wednesdays with the subject line: COVID-19 and the Congregation.
- Connections Weekly will have weekly updates.
- Coronavirus updates will be shared during our Sunday livestream.
- The home page on the website will be updated regularly.
Staff will continue to work their regular hours, unless they are needed to take care of their own health or that of their families. We are working to create ways to gather as a community online, in groups large and small. Please watch for announcements about these options.
Our Caring Council is already planning ways to keep connected with vulnerable populations and isolated individuals. As always, I am available to anyone who would like pastoral care around this public health emergency or anything else. If you have concerns or ideas to help the Fellowship during this challenging time, please contact Carol Pranschke or Marky Lloyd.
As we have said many times before, we are the congregation — no matter where and how we gather. We will continue to care for one another and stay connected through this time.
May you be well (and stay well),
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