Dear Unity Family,
Let us begin by acknowledging the One Power and One Presence, God the Good. Knowing that we are all made in the image and likeness of this goodness, we call it forth now to establish Peace, Divine Wisdom, Love, and Wholeness.
Jesus encouraged us to be “in the world but not of it.” From a place of calm assurance, we each look to what is ours to do during this public health concern around the coronavirus. As your spiritual home, we are mindful of the ways that we can be a beacon of light and offer safe, loving protocols for the benefit of all.
Now, more than ever, staying connected to your spiritual community and rising above fear is paramount. With that, here is how we are navigating forward at this time…
Practicing Respectful Boundaries: We encourage you to greet each other with a smile, air hug, namaste or jazz hands. Be respectful and ask before hugging or shaking hands to ensure it is a mutual decision.
Following Health Protocols: We encourage you to follow recommendations from public health officials. These measures are about keeping you healthy, as well as those around you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue.
- When you are at home or in your car, you are encouraged to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. At UCOH, we are regularly cleaning and disinfecting as well.
Attending Services: If you are immune-compromised or feeling ill, please stay home from service as well as any events on campus. You can attend our 11:25am Service online. We are asking our regular Facebook Livestream viewers to serve as your virtual greeters and for our online community to comment throughout the service in order to create a deeper sense of connection. https://www.facebook.com/UnityChurchOfTheHills/
If you are feeling well and are not in regular contact with someone who is immune-compromised, your light and energy can be a blessing for others as you are blessed by your spiritual community. Please join us in person on Sunday!
Youth and Family: The nursery, toddler and pre-k/kinder classrooms will be closed this Sunday and next Sunday. (This age group does not understand social boundaries. They share toys and put toys in their mouths.) As a result, there will be no childcare either.
Elementary through YOU classes will meet and are encouraged to meet outdoors in the Pavilion.
Giving in the Generosity of God: If you choose not to attend in person, please consider the spiritual activity of tithing as a way to emulate the generosity of God, connect to the abundance of God, and support your Spiritual home. You can text UCOH to 77977 for a one-time gift or to set up recurring giving. You can also give through the UCOH App, which you can download by texting “UCOH App” to 77977. Your support is more important than ever.
This Sunday, the love offering will be taken a little differently. We will have baskets in place around the Sanctuary and during the Offering Song you will be invited to take your offering to a basket or to give via text or online.
Spiritual Support: As we move through this situation together, please know that you are not alone. If you need pastoral care support or prayer, please contact the front office at 512-335-4449. We are here to offer virtual hugs and words of encouragement and love. For additional prayer support, please call Silent Unity at 816-969-2000. You can even now join Silent Unity in their Prayer Vigil at unityprayervigil.org. You can find instructions on how to join the vigil here.
In addition, we are asking everyone to pause at the top of every hour to shift into coherence, center in God and radiate out love and peace to the collective.
Everything happens in consciousness first. As we take these precautionary measures, we remain clear that this situation can serve to deepen our faith and bring us ever closer together as a beloved community. We join together in affirming health and safety for all, choosing love, releasing fear, and fully relying on God principle. We are at peace and we know that all is truly well.
In Love, Peace and Light,
UCOH Staff and Board of Trustees