Coming Back Strong, Coming Home Safe

This page contains current information for church members and the First UU community regarding current activities status and procedures.  As we are all aware, the situation is often changing.  Check back here for updates.

See you at church; in person and online!

First UU Ministers, Staff, and Volunteers 

 

 


Updated 7/21/22

COVID-19 case numbers are rising again with a new, highly transmissible BA.5 variant. To reduce risk of infection of self and others, we strongly encourage vaccination and indoor mask usage.

Please get the full round of vaccinations and boosters. This includes children. Up-to-date protection helps avoid severe illness and hospitalization.

Masks vary in their effectiveness. “Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.” (cdc.gov)

At First UU, we encourage the wearing of masks as well as continued good hygiene practices, such as social distancing, handwashing and sneezing into the elbow.  And please stay home and join online if you are sick or not feeling well.

  • Individuals: Masks are encouraged.
  • Groups: Masks are encouraged, especially if a group member requests mask usage.
  • Leaders: Make informed decisions on behalf of larger groups.  This applies to services, music, meetings and other events.   Leaders are empowered to require masks as deemed appropriate
  • Space Usage: Continue to use additional ventilation (open doors/windows, fans) and favor open spaces. The building has high-quality ventilation systems. Masks are available.

This guidance is all about personal responsibility for self and others. We are a loving and caring community, and we are respectful of personal decisions to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to stay healthy and end this pandemic.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the following:

  • Rev. Marian – general inquiries, Sunday services
  • Brian Hagemann – operations (facility: cleaning service, fans/air filters, building security, etc.)
  • Marian Garcia – meeting information, room reservations, building rentals
  • Amber Scott – Religious exploration, children, youth activities & programs

 


Our Mission and Vision

Vision Statement

The vision of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus is to transform and heal ourselves and our world through reason and love.

Mission Statement

With love at the center, the mission of this church is to fulfill its vision by…

Creating community through caring, nurturing, and celebrating
Working for justice through learning, reflecting, and doing
Engaging diversity through welcoming, listening, and empowering

Pandemic Behavior Covenant

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus is continuously striving to be an inclusive community by affirming and embracing our differences. There are cases, however, where cherishing the safety and health of the congregation must be given priority over the privileges of an individual. The COVID-19 pandemic is most certainly one of those cases. The central theme of this covenant revolves around respect for ourselves, for others, and for the spaces we occupy together.

In an effort to best ensure that our community remains a safe and healthy one, as the church reopens, I covenant to do the following:

  • Attempt to understand the shifts in standards, expectations, and norms necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Accept that these shifts are based on science and reliable public health information and are used to drive all decisions;
  • Acknowledge that as knowledge is ever-evolving, these standards, expectations, and norms will also evolve;
  • Recognize that as a part of the interdependent web taking risks and protective actions affect each and every person with whom I share time and space while at our church;
  • Assume the best intentions of other members of the First UU community, remembering we are all humans collectively experiencing unprecedented times.

I therefore covenant to honor my fellow congregants and staff and treat them with respect. If conflict arises that cannot be resolved privately I promise to seek resolution by mediation with use of First UU’s Healthy Relations Policy by notifying a minister.