We received the below email from Sarah Millspaugh from the UUA, and in light of recent developments regarding COVID-19 in the state of New Mexico, it is with a heavy heart that the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Otero County will be cancelling all Sunday services, Family Game Night, UU Movie Night, and Wine Down Wednesday for the next two weeks. We will reassess the situation at that time. The Wicca 101 classes will be rescheduled at a later date.
If you would like the links to ANY of the topics below, you can message Dee and she will be more than happy to forward them to you. We hope that you all are well and stay that way! Wash your hands and avoid touching your face unless they are clean!
From the Pacific Western Region UUA:
Dear friends and colleagues in New Mexico,
I learned just a few hours ago that Governor Grisham is discouraging non-essential gatherings, such as worship services, in an effort to contain the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 in New Mexico. I am very sorry to hear this. The UUA strongly urges congregations to follow the guidance of state, county, and local authorities regarding gathering.
As part of my role with Safe Congregations in our Pacific Western Region and our UUA as a whole, I’ve been in close conversation with our congregations in greater Seattle, nearly all of whom cancelled in-person worship last week and many of whom gathered online instead. I and other UUA staff have also developed resources that can be helpful to you as you go forward. They are:
Planning for and Addressing Pandemics in Your Community, which includes guidance on modifying worship and small group gatherings/meetings.
A collection of COVID-19 resources including sample emergency operations plans, sample literature, and links to CDC guidance for faith communities.
Just-updated guidance on how to hold online worship and online meetings.
I just led a webinar on COVID-19 response today, and it’s repeated next week if you want to sign up. You can also watch it by video soon—it’s buffering as I type and I’ll be uploading it to the above (first bullet) web section as soon as I can.
And tomorrow, the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship is devoting their live talk show, The VUU, to online worship and “sustaining connection in a coronavirus world.”
Please let me (or Sarah Schurr, if she’s your primary contact) know how things are going for you and what else you need. It’s indeed a difficult place to be in, not knowing how much is too much or too little. But it’s always helpful to know that we’re not in it alone.
With faith, hope, and love,
Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh :: she/her/hers
Congregational Life Staff
Based in San Diego, CA
Unitarian Universalist Association
Pacific Western Region
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To encourage individual spiritual growth within a fellowship of caring and diverse individuals and to provide a presence in our community that promotes tolerance and respect.
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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