As many of you are very aware, there is a lot of talk in the news about the “opening” of churches. What does that mean for OCUUC? It will mean a lot of things. First, you need to understand that OCUUC will use federal, state, and municipal guidelines as a bare minimum. We will also be following the dictates of science and Love in making our decisions. As I mentioned recently in a service, we will not gather for Sunday worship until we can all gather. We need to take care of our most vulnerable.

But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be opportunities for gathering together in small groups at some point. The leadership and I are working on what that might mean. We are brainstorming ideas and how to keep everyone safe. We don’t want anyone left out, but also those feelings in tension with giving people agency over their own decisions. Bear with us as we will wrestle with these ethical tensions. We are also going to start communicating in the Blast more so you understand what we are doing.

I want to make one thing clear: The work of the church is essential. Loving and caring for one another is essential. The work of justice is essential. The nurturing of our souls is essential. And you are essential. And that is why we have never actually closed. We are, and always have been, open.

With love,

Rev. Sian