June 15, 2021

UPDATE ON PHASED REOPENING

PHASE THREE:  In summary, beginning July 1, the campus will begin to reopen for limited indoor and outdoor use by groups and classes in accord with public health standards

  • the rate of new covid cases in North Carolina is 5% or lower
  • more than 50% of the local population has had at least one vaccine dose
  • two of four members of the Coordinating Team are available for immediate consultation as needed; the DRE or substitute staff member will be present for RE programs.

If public health conditions deteriorate, we will return to previous restrictions as recommended by CDC, NC DHHS, etc. 

Click on the document linked below to read the fully updated policy, including guidelines for Worship, Programs, and Religious Education.

pdfERUUF_Phase_3_Reopening_-_June_2021.pdf

Read more: June 15, 2021

June 11, 2021

 

Phased Reopening Guidelines Update 

This is a brief update to share ERUUF’s plans for a Phased Reopening of our campus. These June 2021 Guidelines will remain in place until the CDC advises otherwise, and unless new cases of COVID-19 rise and necessitate returning to more restrictive measures of containment.  

In general, at ERUUF we always seek to create a culture of respect and care for all.  During all remaining phases of reopening, masks will be worn to protect the most vulnerable who are not yet vaccinated

  • in worship services
  • whenever children are present
  • at the discretion of the group during meetings of adults

Beginning July 1, which will give staff time to prepare building space and procedures, ERUUF Groups may meet indoors by making a reservation through the Office. Group leaders will view a very short orientation video and communicate the updated safety rules to the whole group. Group size is limited to 50% capacity in most rooms (admin staff will provide this info). Contact the Office for more information. Food and drink will not be prepared or shared at this time. Adults and children may bring their own hydration and snacks as needed.    

In addition, Music Groups with a designated leader may rehearse in the Sanctuary.  The Group Leader must view a brief orientation video and communicate updated safety rules to the group. The Group members must wear masks when singing; use the HEPA filter; distance 6’ in all directions.  Rehearsals are limited to 75 people in the Sanctuary.    

Sunday worship will remain online only in July while our full-time ministers are away. We had previously arranged for a stellar lineup of recorded guest UU preachers from across our religious movement to preach specifically for our congregation; that information will be posted on our website. Summer Worship Leader, Rev. Patty Hanneman, will be here to coordinate and lead Sunday services from our Sanctuary with our Worship Associates, Kate Lewis, and additional recorded music.  

Click below to read the full update.

Read more: June 11, 2021

May 14, 2021

It’s the news we’ve been hoping for—the CDC today declared that two weeks after you’ve been vaccinated you don’t need to wear a mask, whether indoors or outside. It’s good news for those who’ve had their shots. AND…it’s going to take time for businesses and other places—like ERUUF—to figure out what this means for a multiage community where some have been vaccinated and some have not.  

Prior to today, we had just recently updated ERUUF’s Phased Reopening Guidelines and planned to post them this weekend.  We’ll go back and review them ASAP. But for now, in summary, as of May 15, 2021, adults who meet in an ERUUF group on campus may do so without masks if everyone in the group agrees. Music groups may sing together outside with masks (we’ll update this as soon as we get new guidelines on singing). At this time, when children are present, masks must be worn. Here is the updated policy:   

PHASE TWO-PLUS begins May 15, 2021: Outdoor meeting only continues with the following updates after the CDC and State of North Carolina eased covid-19 public safety guidelines (“Easing Statewide Restrictions” April 28, 2021). 

Read more: May 14, 2021

March 12, 2021

 

ERUUF’s policies are informed by safety guidance from the CDC, NC Department of Public Health, and the UUA. Our Sunday services, classes and most groups are online only at this time. It is possible for small groups to reserve outdoor meeting space on campus. See guidelines here.

We understand how challenging covid isolation is, and that the stress of the pandemic is taking a toll on each of us. We are very eager to welcome people back to campus just as soon as it’s safely possible.  Despite recent easing of restrictions, we continue to proceed carefully.   

Read more: March 12, 2021

January 29, 2021

At this time as COVID-19 cases begin to slowly recede from an all-time high, President Biden has told us that the pandemic death toll is likely to reach half a million by the end of February. For this reason, as we wait for widespread vaccines this winter it seems best to keep as much distance as possible among our staff. Until conditions improve, we will continue to produce Sunday worship and all our programs from home. We remain highly tuned to updates from Governor Cooper, Dr. Mandy Cohen, the CDC, the new Administration, and now more than ever, Dr. Fauci. We're eager to turn back toward normal as soon as we're able. But as Dr. Fauci has said, "The virus determines the timeline."  

  • At this time, ERUUF remains in Phase 2 of our own Reopening Guidelines. Click the Read More button below to learn more and to access Phased Reopening Documents.  

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Read more: January 29, 2021

January 1, 2021

  • Update on Sunday services
    Given the high level resurgence of COVID-19 at the start of 2021, we have decided that at this time it will be safest for staff and ministers to move worship production out of the Sanctuary. Sunday worship will look different for a while—it'll appear the way it was last spring and summer when we produced it from home. However, members will still access worship the same way—by clicking the Join Live Stream Worship on the ERUUF website.  
  • At this time, ERUUF remains in Phase 2 of our own Reopening Guidelines. Click the Read More button below to learn more and to access Phased Reopening Documents.  

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Read more: January 1, 2021

Campus Update: December 11, 2020

At this time, though the state of North Carolina is in Phase 3 of Reopening, ERUUF is operating under our own Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines.  (The Phases and Guidelines can be found below.) At this time all ERUUF programs including Sunday services remain online. Outside space on campus is available for small group use by reservation.  

 

Holiday Office Hours at ERUUF

The ERUUF Office will be closed from the afternoon of December 20 through December 30. We’ll be open from 10:00 am -1:00 pm on December 31, then closed again through January 2. This is standard practice at many congregations (and at the UUA) in order to give staff and ministers some much needed time off (needed this year more than ever).

Click below to read the full ERUUF end-of-year update. 

Read more: Campus Update: December 11, 2020

Campus Update: November 19, 2020

At this time, though the state of North Carolina is in Phase 3 of Reopening, ERUUF is operating under our own Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines.  (The Phases and Guidelines can be found below.) At this time all ERUUF programs including Sunday services remain online. Outside space on campus is available for small group use by reservation.  

If you need to reach us, the ERUUF Office will be open on Thursdays from 10-2, and by special arrangement as might be needed.

Read more: Campus Update: November 19, 2020

Campus Update: October 29, 2020

At this time, though the state of North Carolina is in Phase 3 of Reopening, ERUUF is operating under our own Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines.  (The Phases and Guidelines can be found below.)   

Read more: Campus Update: October 29, 2020

Campus Update: September 24, 2020

It's great news that cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations, in general, are falling in North Carolina, and it's encouraging to see that some universities are managing to educate students while keeping outbreaks at a minimum (bravo Duke!). And as we learn more each day about this disease, it's clear that we need to remain vigilant and continue to "wash, wear, and wait six feet apart" until an effective vaccine becomes widely available. 

Phased Reopening Documents

pdfOverview of Phased Reopening Plans - Sept. 2020

pdfSpecial Policy - ERUUF Board Delegation to Ministry and Process for Establishing Operating Procedures

pdfERUUF Health Self-Screen Form

 

Read more: Campus Update: September 24, 2020

September 2020

Outdoor Space Soon Available for ERUUF Groups: At their August meeting, the ERUUF Board gave the Lead Minister and Coordinating Team the task of creating and implementing safe and effective phased reopening guidelines for our fellowship and campus. At this time ERUUF is in phase two, which allows for ERUUF Groups to use outdoor space according to specific rules of use. Space Request

Sunday Services Continue via Livestream: In related news, beginning Sunday, September 6, though our members will continue to access Sunday morning services through the link on ERUUF’s homepage, we will begin to produce Sunday morning service in the Sanctuary. In accord with the phase two guidelines, only the worship leaders, musicians, and tech team will be present in the Sanctuary (limited to 10 people).

Read more: September 2020