Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear Friends, 

The coronavirus and COVID-19 situation takes us into uncharted territory of questioning many assumptions about community life. On the one hand, I believe being together in community is more important than ever. Social isolation in stressful times has dangerous consequences. On the other hand, we want to find ways to support one another that allow everyone to make decisions about what feels safest for them. 
  
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the vulnerable among us, we will be moving our Capital Campaign kickoff service this Sunday back to UUCA and our Sanctuary. Having service in the Sanctuary will give us the ability to provide the livestream experience we deliver each week. This will allow those who feel themselves to be at high risk to join us via our livestream while still giving others of us an opportunity to gather to celebrate an important milestone in the history of the congregation. Please note: it will still be just one service at 10:15am.

Living courageously in such times asks us to make hard decisions with unknown consequences. If we stop to think about it, that is always the case: many unknown dangers always lurk. Assessing risk is an individual decision. Managing fear and avoiding panic is something that we can help one another with as a community. 

Our service this Sunday will feature Child Dedications — a special ritual in which we dedicate ourselves as a community to the ongoing spiritual support of the youngest among us. Twelve children will be recognized!! This is truly an opportunity to embrace our future and commit ourselves anew to the ongoing life of this beloved congregation. Immediately after the service, the Capital Campaign Steering Committee will provide the congregation an update on where we are at with Capital Campaign and next steps over the next couple months.  

The Baroody Camps for children will still take place downstairs in the Activity Room. We’ll begin the service with everyone in the Sanctuary so we can celebrate the dedications as a whole community. Then kids can go downstairs where you can pick them up after the service. 

We hope to see you on Sunday. And we understand if you feel you need to stay home. Our technology allows us to connect in ways we never thought possible. 
As local circumstances evolve, we will be constantly evaluating the impact on future services and programming and will continue to keep you updated about our responses and our plans. 

Please do let us know if you are in need of some care, and please do contact me directly if you know you have been exposed or infected at tcooley@uucava.org. We want to support you in any way possible. 


In love and faith, 

Rev. Terasa

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
www.uucava.org | 703-892-2565