Online worship and programming to continue

At a special meeting on August 4th, the Prudential Committee voted to:

  • continue to offer virtual worship and programming through at least the end of calendar year 2020.
  • invest in initiatives to strengthen First Unitarian while our campus remains closed.

Following are the recommendations presented to the Prudential Committee by our Bridging Team, a group of 18 First U members and staff who are meeting weekly during the summer to study the complex health and safety issues involved in the decision of whether or not to reopen our campus and under what conditions.

To read all of the recommendations, click here.

Space begins to reopen for smaller groups

In late August, the Prudential Committee approved the Bridging Team’s recommendations to gradually begin to reopen our campus spaces to smaller community and church groups under very stringent guidelines that place the health and safety of everyone at the forefront.

To read all of the Prudential Committee’s announcement, click here.

Forms, Documents, Videos for Meeting Requests

Following are the forms and documents required for a smaller group to request and receive permission for an in-person meeting at First Unitarian. Click on each title to view or download.

Building Use Policy

Procedure for Use of Building

On-Site Meeting Request Form

Meeting Leader Information Packet and Responsibilities

Building Use Guidelines and Waiver for Visitors and Meeting Attendees

Meeting Attendee Contact List

Video: Orientation to Using Parish House for a Meeting

Video: Orientation to Using Meeting House for a Meeting

Reference Materials that Guided Bridging Team

 Following are the foundational documents and sources that guided the Bridging Team’s work and decisions. Click on each title to view or download.

Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalists

First Unitarian Church of Providence: Managing Risk During the Reopening

First Parish Church of Stow and Acton: Returning to Church Options by Rev. Cynthia Landrum in consultation with church staff

Updated Guidance for Gathering by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

UUA Guidelines on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides

Phase 3 Guidelines for Religious and Faith-Based Communities, from the Rhode Island Department of Health

Considerations for Communities of Faith, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Association between mobility patterns and COVID-19 transmission in the USA: a mathematical modelling study, from The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal