Unity’s session has authorized new COVID protocols on Unity’s campus in response the surge we are experiencing right now due to the Delta variant.
Masks are now required indoors (including worship). This includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Social distancing will be re-instituted within the sanctuary (e.g., every other row seating, space between congregants).
On-campus meals are suspended.
I must admit, this is not the note that I wanted to be writing today. We experienced very low rates of transmission throughout the summer. I was hopeful that we were headed to the end of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the Delta variant has come quickly and is spreading the virus at a very fast rate. We are now in our fourth COVID surge. Thankfully, we know by now the precautions that can keep us safe— masking, vaccination, and social distancing.
I am hopeful that this surge will not last long into the fall. In the meantime, it is our Christian responsibility to promote the greater good and consider the ways we can care for our community through this time. Masking, social distancing, and vaccination are the ways to fulfill this Christian responsibility.
At this point in the pandemic, I am reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses:
Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
I’m tired of this pandemic. But it is not the time to quit. It is the time to endure. Together, as a congregation, may we not tire of doing good. During this fourth COVID surge, doing good means doing what is necessary to care for the community.
We can do this together.
On a lighter note, my paternity leave will conclude this week. I look forward to seeing you again in worship on Sunday. We will be celebrating the start to the school year with the Blessing of the Backpacks— so kids, bring your backpacks to church!
My time at home has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family. Baby Gemma is incredibly sweet, loves to cuddle, and loves to sleep…at least during the day.
See you on Sunday!