UNCHARTED WATERS

We are all in uncharted territory as we journey through this time of pandemic. COVID-19 has many of us feeling isolated and anxious as we practice social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus.  Rev. Tony and our lay leaders will update this page with news and resources about how we can be the church for each other and live out our mission to practice loving community, advance justice, and nurture spiritual growth even in the middle of a public health crisis. 

If you haven’t yet read the latest pastoral letter from Rev. Tony and the Board, you can click here.

 

FACEBOOK & ZOOM

Our congregation will holding Sunday worship online.   You can join us on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.  A schedule of services is available on our Worship Service Page.  We will have some services and committee meetings, as well other special events, such as  “Lunch With the Minister” via the online video conferencing application Zoom.   If you don’t already know about it, please download and learn how to use Zoom. Contact Rev. Tony if you need help.  Here are some resources for learning about and using Zoom

Zoom Tips – A set of written instructions on using Zoom

Video by UU minister The Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford for people uneasy about technology such as Zoom.

 

LIVING OUR VALUES & PRINCIPLES During the Time of COVID-19

Even during difficult times we are called to live by our values and Unitarian Universalist Principles. Some of the ways we can practice our faith during this time are simple and may seem obvious but it’s important to remind ourselves of who we want to be and how we want to be in the world.

In this age of “fake news,” be discerning, reasonable, and vet information intelligently. ONLY share information from the most reliable sources (see our list below – let us know what to add to it).   If you do go out and need to purchase things, try to  support local businesses. If you have the means, buy gift certificates from restaurants and other businesses that will be losing business during a time a like this.  If you live in an apartment building or condo community, or a planned neighborhood, help to organize things in your community such as rides shares, child care partnerships, keeping tabs on the more seriously ill and home-bound, food and other supply sharing. Support  services for people experiencing homelessness and hunger, such as shelters and food banks.  This support might be financial contributions, volunteering, or spreading the word of available help and resources.  Combat racism and oppression when it rises – the corona virus is NOT a “Chinese” virus or a “foreign virus.” Viruses have no ethnic group, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. Viruses infect and kill indiscriminately.  

Even though we will not be gathering in person, please continue to fulfill your pledge and otherwise financially support the congregation.  Mail checks or donate online via  PayPal. Click here to donate.

 

RELIABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Public Health and Health Care

WHO – World Health Organization 

CDC – Center for Disease Control

CT Dept. of Public Health 

Hartford Health Care Hotlines and information

Starling Physicians Corona Virus Updates  

Anthem Health Care Corona Virus page

Newspapers

New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/

Hartford Courant https://www.courant.com/

The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Al Jazeera https://www.aljazeera.com/

 

Radio

NPR  https://www.npr.org/

CT PR https://www.wnpr.org/

BBC https://www.bbc.com/news

 

Magazines and Journals

UU World Magazine https://www.uuworld.org/

The New Yorker Magazine https://www.newyorker.com/

The Atlantic Magazine https://www.theatlantic.com/

Scientific American https://www.scientificamerican.com/

 

STATEMENTS and UPDATES from the UUA

The Unitarian Universalist Association has published a number of statements and resources about how the current COVID-19 situation is impacting our congregations and our association as a whole.  Here are links to some of them. 

Message from UUA President The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

UU World Article on UUA Shutting Down National Office

Message from the UUA New England Regional Office

UUA message on How to Organize Your Congregation During COVID – 19

UUA Resources for Talking with Children about COVID -19

UUA message on Planning for Pandemics in Your Community

UUA Guide to Streaming Worship, Meetings, and Classes