Update from the Pandemic Policy Team, Jan. 12, 2020

  • On Jan 12, we published a comprehensive Campus Use Policy which governs when and how in-person gatherings will be permitted.
  • Indoor gatherings will be allowed as soon as at two things happen:  1) we improve our ventilation system to 4 air exchanges per hour and 2) transmission in Merrimack County declines to Moderate or Minimal.  We are unlikely to meet both criteria for several weeks or months.
  • We are actively working to improve the ventilation in at least one room, probably Fellowship Hall, so it will be ready for gatherings as soon as transmission declines.  We are focusing on Fellowship Hall because it already has some ventilation (providing about 2 air exchanges per hour) and it can be configured in a variety of ways for meetings, meditation groups, or hybrid worship.
  • We are guided by deep compassion, desire for inclusion and equity, and recognition that we are part of an interdependent web where our choices impact much more than ourselves.  We encourage you to read the UUA’s Guidance on Gatherings which informs our faith-based response.
  • Small outdoor gatherings are allowed in the front courtyard, back patio, or grove.  Contact Heidi Page (heidi@concorduu.org) to learn more if you are interested in holding an outdoor meeting.
  • COVID transmission is spiking in NH, with “substantial” (red) transmission.
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Reimagining Team
Are you pining to connect with fellow UUs?  Do you have ideas to make it happen – either outdoors, virtually, or in some other way?  Please help us create a Reimagining Team!  Email heidi@concorduu.org if you are interested.

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Our Pandemic Policy Team is developing policies and procedures that balance the desire to experience church activities face-to-face with the need to keep our congregants as safe as possible. The PPT includes:

  • Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger (Senior Minister)
  • Lyn Marshall (Minister of Lifespan Faith Development)
  • Lea Smith (Director of Membership & Administration)
  • Heidi Page (Office Administrator)
  • Jim Schlosser (Board of Trustees)
  • Belinda Nerl (Operations Leadership Team)
  • BJ Entwisle (Member at Large)
  • Jeff Fetter (Member at Large)

We know you miss each other, you miss our sacred church building, and you want to gather ASAP.  The PPT has been meeting weekly or biweekly since September and we have plans for safer ways to gather when the time is right, but rising transmission in our area recently has been a setback.  

Science is showing that outside gatherings are relatively safe, so with that in mind, we have expanded the types of outdoor events that can happen, even now with relatively high transmission.  If your group meets the criteria for outdoor church events, you are welcome to email office@concorduu.org to schedule an event in the courtyard, back patio, or grove.  Of course, we ALWAYS require masks and physical distancing.

We’re also working towards hybrid gatherings where some can be present physically, while those who don’t feel safe to gather can join virtually in ways that help everyone see, hear, and connect with one another.  Providing multiple ways to participate is vital for respecting the inherent dignity of each one of us.  We are building the technological infrastructure for it and we can’t wait to see how this helps us grow in love, service, and connection.

 

Pandemic Policies and Procedures

New policies will be added here as they are developed.

Certain groups may meet outside on the grounds according to our Outside Meeting Rules.  — updated on 12/29/2020

COVID Campus Use Policy 1.0  — published 1/14/202