March 13, 2020 

Dear UUCE Community,

As John Lennon sang in Beautiful Boy, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” The purpose of this letter is to outline for you, our response to the Covid-19 slice of life we are currently facing. As I’m sure you are aware, things in our community, our country, and the world are changing at an unbelievable speed. This is our best guess about what an appropriate course of action should be at this time.

After considering information from the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the WHO (World Health Organization), and church leaders within our congregation, the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, voted to close our building beginning at 1:00 pm March 14, 2020 through March 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation during that time and plan for what steps should be taken beyond those dates.

Here is what that will look like:

1. All in-person services, meetings and events are cancelled. The UUCE building is closed until further notice.

2. For anyone who wishes to gather on Sunday by phone or video, Zoom services begin at 10:30. The meeting and greeting starts at 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time. There is a waiting room for security reasons; we will let you in as soon as possible.  Want to get an email giving you the Zoom link to the service? Email uuerie.zoom@gmail.com.

3. Our Office Administrator Joanne, will be working from home. You can reach her via email at joanne@uuerie.org.

4. Board members will reach out to hear your needs and ideas for staying in community over the next few weeks, both online and by other means. Please reach out to us, as well. Julie Maguire, Board President, can be reached at juliemaguire626@gmail.com or (814) 882-2031. All members of the Board are in the church directory. Please do not hesitate to call, especially if you are concerned about your well-being or the well-being of a church friend. We will work diligently to keep you informed of any changes via email, our website (uuerie.org), our Facebook page (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie), the Beacon, and the Weekend News.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we do our best to practice our 7th principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Regardless of the means or methods we employ, we will continue to strive to live up to our mission of being “a vibrant and inclusive community”.

Sincerely,

The UUCE Board of Trustees
and
Rev. Charlie Dieterich