Minister’s Blog


Next Phase of Church Activity

Scott J. Neely

October 23, 2020

We care, for one another and for our community. As the pandemic enters a new phase with the forecast that it will last many more months, the UUCS Board has weighed carefully how to maintain our physical safety while also providing for the emotional well-being of our congregation.

We continue to practice basic public health protocols to keep one another safe:

  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing
  • Limiting group size
  • Being outside whenever possible
  • Hand washing

Given our need to continue to balance physical safety with connection with one another, the following steps have been approved by our Board with the support of the COVID committee to continue to provide care for one another during this difficult time:

  • Small groups, such as Covenant groups and committees, are encouraged to gather in-person outside at homes or on church grounds, practicing all of our safety protocols. We will not offer meetings inside the church, as we are not able to clean the church regularly enough to accommodate multiple meetings through the week. Please be mindful of how virtual meetings allow some people to participate who cannot otherwise attend, and consider offering hybrid options (outside in-person with a Zoom or Facetime attendance option) so that those who would like to meet in-person can do so, and those who prefer not to do so can equally participate.
  • We will continue to plan one-off events on the church grounds utilizing careful planning and all of our safety protocols, such as our Social Justice Triple and Quintuple Dips, Grimké mural dedication, and upcoming Stewardship events. If you would like to hold an event like this on the church grounds, please contact the church office so we can keep working in coordination with one another. This has worked extremely well so far.
  • Wednesday evening meditation and social hour will begin gathering in-person with a hybrid virtual option in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. We will mask, socially distance, and ventilate the space. If a large number of people attend, we will move outside.

If you have any questions or concerns, ideas or thoughts that you would like to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Board or to me (minister@uucs.org / 864-590-8260 ). The Board continues to discuss further ways we might connect with one another, including on Sunday mornings, and will communicate those steps when they are clarified.

Our work is grounded in our care for one another. Let us move forward together with care, and make sure that we all arrive, fully whole, on the other side.

On behalf of the Board with the support of the COVID Committee, and with gratitude for every one of us—

Scott


Once More

Scott J. Neely

October 15, 2020

Once more let me thank you for the way we are all working together.

We care, for one another and our community. In the furor of an election, conflicting public health directives, undermined data, and pervasive anxiety, our congregation has continued to make a major difference in the lives of many, many, many people. From mask-making to food collections to funds for immigrants to voting justice to care for each other, the level of engagement and service we have shared since March exceeds all expectations.

Please always feel welcome to reach out to me or to any member of our Board with questions, concerns, and ideas. You are a part of this congregation and your perspective matters. You can reach me directly by e-mail, call, or text at minister@uucs.org / 864-590-8260. Your views and your thoughts, no matter what they are, are always welcome.

Thank you for making this such an exceptional community of care and service. I am very proud to serve with you–

Scott