We hope your summer was an enjoyable and restorative break. We were blessed as our GLAM Virtual Road Trip took us to Unitarian Universalist congregations all across Greater Los Angeles and many of us were able to visit distant family and friends for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Our staff has been busy preparing for us to regather and we wanted to write to you today to update you on our evolving plans for worship.
Starting Sunday, September 5th at 10:30 am (please note the time), our worship leaders will begin livestreaming from our sanctuary and courtyard. We’ve made significant investments to enhance our technological infrastructure and staffing to allow us to broadcast live on Sunday mornings! We had hoped to be able to reopen our sanctuary to everyone this weekend, but that is not possible at this time.
Our latest UUA Delta-Guidance asks us to refrain from holding any large indoor or outdoor gatherings until LA County is no longer designated as “Very High Risk.” When we are able to safely return to our sanctuary, we will likely do so masked and using a reservation system to ensure we can maintain adequate social distancing.
Our surveys and conversations indicate that most of our congregation is vaccinated and we will likely have to temporarily restrict in-person attendance to those who are vaccinated or have a medical exemption when we reopen. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated if possible!
Our staff has done an amazing job ministering to our sometimes weary spirits over the past year and a half and we realize livestreaming and new protocols will require them to once again learn a new media platform for our services. We thank you in advance for your understanding and graciousness as we learn these new skills.
In summary, our worship leaders will begin live streaming from the sanctuary this Sunday at 10:30 am, but we ask all of our members and friends to remain home and join us online. The live video stream will be available on Facebook and on YouTube.
We hope to be able to regather with each other soon! Until that time comes, let’s keep ourselves and others safe by washing our hands, masking when indoors, and practicing social distancing. We may be physically separated, but we remain united in love and spirit.
Yours in ministry,