A Message From Your Board of Directors - Archived

A Message from Your Board of Directors

To allow for long-term planning while remaining flexible in the current environment of rapid and significant COVID-19 related change, your Board has unanimously agreed to the following changes in operations:

  • We will plan for the possibility of virtual operations through May 2021 with periodic reassessments.
  • We have extended Rev. T.J.’s ministerial agreement from three-quarter time to full time starting July 1, 2020 and he is “delighted to accept.”

We recognize these are changes that may be met with mixed emotions and opinions.  Please take a deep breath.  We are open to answering questions and hearing from you. To accomplish this, we are offering several talk session options.

Evening sessions with Congregation Vice President Jim Cooper hosting:

  • Monday, June 1st @ 6pm
  • Thursday, June 4th @ 6pm
  • Zoom Link & details are the same for both evenings.


Meeting ID: 930 4780 2032
Password: 388153

One tap mobile
+13462487799,,93047802032# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,93047802032# US (San Jose)

Dial in options:

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

For Chalice Circle & Covenant Group participants, we are asking each Chalice Circle and Covenant Group to invite Congregation President Carla Allison to attend your next virtual gathering during the week of June 1st.  Carla will be in contact with each Facilitator to discuss this possibility.

On Friday, June 5th at Coffee Time @ 10am, Rev. T.J. will answer questions and share his perspective. To attend, use the Coffee Time ZOOM link.

Click Here for Friday Coffee Hour
If you call in or join manually, here is the Meeting ID and Password:
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 157 569 349
Password: 021675

These Board actions require that the previously proposed FY2020/2021 Budget be revised.  Treasurer Michael Mottl will present the revised budget following worship on Sunday, May 31st & Sunday, June 7th. To attend, use the Sunday Worship ZOOM link.

Click Here For Sunday Worship
Above is a link that has a password embedded in it. We encourage you to use this as it is the safest and easiest way to access the room.

If you call in, here is the Meeting ID and Password
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 584 891 370
Password: 083009

We see our care for the well-being and safety of our members, staff and community as the priority during this pandemic. Our decisions were not entered into lightly nor without significant discussion and review of science and experience based, COVID-19 related, resource materials.

We ask that you read and consider some of these materials as you prepare to attend the virtual gatherings.  See resource links below.

We recognize that adjusting to the new reality we are living in is creating heartbreak and, for some, deep sorrow.  At the same time, we believe the foundation of our congregation is strong. The combination of our talented staff and your offers to serve in new and creative ways will allow us to both weather this storm and find ways to thrive.

Yours in love and gratitude,

Carla Allison, Congregation President
Jim Cooper, Vice President
Michael Mottl, Treasurer
Laurel Zeri, Secretary
Directors Allison Jacobs, Troy Underbrink and Rachel Compton


Resource Materials

UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides: https://www.uua.org/safe/pandemics/gathering-guidance

‘I would do anything for a do-over’: Calgary church hopes others learn from their tragic COVID-10 experience by Chris Epp, CTV Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them by Dr. Erin Bromage

Webinar: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near-Term Future of Singing?
Co-hosted on May 5th by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)

Guidance for Community- and Faith-Based Organizations from the US Centers for Disease Control

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