WORSHIP CALENDAR: August 2022
August 7th “The Mindfulness Center”
Today we take a deep dive into mindfulness practices and how they benefit human beings in this go-go-go world of ours. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find ourselves in a new, calmer mind space and, as we begin to leave these hectic COVID years, exit the hamster wheel behind us too.
August 14th “Religion a la carte”
Our own David Teubner has been doing a lot of thinking about how spiritual journey, what he learned along the way and how it led to a Unitarian Universalist church and a free religion. Come and join together this morning to hear the fascinating story of one person’s path to 69 Washington St.
August 21st “About Islam”
Mohammad Selah is a kind and thoughtful man, an active citizen and a friend of many here at KUUC. Today Mohammad will share about his religion and lived faithfulness to it out in the world.
August 28th “Let’s Start a New Conversation”
As we near the end of our summer worship season, get back from vacation and return to school, it is also a great time to reflect upon where we are hoping to go as a church in the new year. Join Reverend Michael as we reflect on our summer worship and adventures and, more importantly take time to discuss our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the new “church year” before us.
Our Principles as we Reopen:
Safety ~ Choice ~ Inclusivity ~ Flexibility
Safety is our overriding concern. Our newly purchased audiovisual equipment makes it possible to have multiplatform/hybrid worship services that can be watched at home. Thus, those of us who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, whether due to not being vaccinated or because of having a health condition that makes vaccination less effective, can still attend services, virtually. Our concurrent streaming to YouTube makes it possible for those of us who have other reasons to not attend services in person to attend online.
Although the CDC has basically stated that all activities are safe for those who have been fully vaccinated (provided that they do not have compromised immune systems), the UUA, in its emphasis on inclusivity, has set forth guidelines with the assumptions that not everyone has a healthy immune system and that not everyone is vaccinated (especially given that children under age 12 are not yet approved for vaccination). Thus, the UUA recommends use of masks at worship services, also spacing. Smaller groups (ideally fully vaccinated) may meet without masks, but all group members should be willing and ready to wear a mask at the request of any member of the group. As eating and drinking together inside in large groups is not possible to do while masked, and is a relatively high-risk activity, there will be no coffee hour for the time being—at least not indoors.
With the following rules, attending activities at KUUC will be at least as safe as entering other indoor spaces that are used by the general public.
- All in-person worship attendees must be able to show proof of vaccination. You can do this by sending a copy of your vaccination card to Rev. Michael to be put on the list of live service attendees or show it to the ushers on Sunday morning. Because the vaccination list is updated weekly, once you have sent/shown it, you won’t be required to do so again.
- People should not enter the church building if they are ill, especially with new onset (less than 2 weeks) of cough or cold symptoms. This does not exclude people with a mild chronic cough or known allergy symptoms.
- People (other than for the minister and others speaking from the altar area) will be masked and spaced in alternating pews for worship services – people in the same household and friends who frequently see each other may sit together.
- Singing will be permitted, but with masks on.
- At this time there will be no indoor coffee hour or other indoor congregation-wide eating or drinking.
- Groups of up to 20 fully vaccinated people may meet without having masks on and may share food and drink, but if any one member of the group requests that the group wear masks, all should readily agree to do so, no questions asked.
- As taking the temperature of people entering the church and as wiping down surfaces is time-consuming, resource-consuming and of questionable benefit, these practices are not being implemented.
- Should the COVID-19 epidemic take a significant turn for the worse, especially if a new vaccine-resistant strain emerges, the board of trustees reserves the right to limit access to our building
To receive links to our livestream weekly worship on YouTube, to join us on Zoom for our virtual Coffee Hour, to receive our monthly bulletin and other email ministries contact Rev. Michael F. Hall at .
KUUC is a Welcoming Congregation & a Green Sanctuary.
Worship: 10:00 AM Sunday Mornings
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Keene Unitarian Universalist Church,
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431