Congregations as Employers During COVID-19; Finances: Personal and Congregational; Staff Care for the Long Haul
Compensation and Staffing News
UUA Office of Church Staff Finances Mission
Guided by the values of our faith,
we equip congregations for excellence as employers
and their staff for financial competence and well-being.
Mid-March 2020: COVID-19 Edition
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Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How can your congregation be a good employer in these challenging times? Caring for staff is an opportunity to model your values and spirit for the congregation, to demonstrate the kindness, creativity, and interdependence that these days ask of us.
Check out our new page, Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. We currently have sections on: Values, Paying Staff, Finances and Stewardship, Personnel Policies and Employment Agreements, Working from Home, Supervision and Teams, Federal and State Law, Benefits, and Other Resources.
The landscape is changing very quickly. We are continually updating this page as new questions emerge and new resources become available. (Send suggestions to Jan Gartner, UUA Staffing Practices Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Finances: Personal and Congregational
In this time of great uncertainty. Rev. Lauren Smith, UUA Director of Stewardship and Development, shares a message for stewardship volunteers: Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic.
Also note the Stewardship Salons being offered twice weekly through May, along with links to articles on electronic giving.
How are you caring for your staff? Are you helping to set reasonable expectations and reminding them of the importance of self-care? Are staff connecting as a team to support one another and keep everyone in the loop? Innovation can be time-consuming: giving things up and accepting less than perfect outcomes is part of the discipline of being creative.
In Pacing Ourselves in a Pandemic, Rev. Cecilia Kingman reminds her colleagues and others to pace ourselves. This is a critical message for your staff team and other leaders.