Posts by Executive Team

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PADS of Elgin

For the month of May, the Share the Plate recipient is Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) PADS works to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals first. They provide a safe place to sleep, eat meals, take showers, and do their laundry. The next step is to provide comprehensive case management. Case managers meet with each guest and together, an action plan is created by identifying the barriers which led to the person becoming homeless. Action plans are tailored…

One Step at a Time: A Message from the Reopening Team

Many folks have expressed concerns about our reopening process. Some ask why we are not moving more quickly, and some are concerned that we should be more cautiousness. Please know we hear you and care. Where we are: We are open for in-person services. Hooray for that big step! Again, we say we are delighted to see you and be with you again. We continue to offer virtual services on Zoom and strive to improve through enhanced streaming. We feel…

From the Executive Team (ET)

Greetings from the Executive Team Let me begin by saying WELCOME BACK! I think I can confidently say, on behalf of the entire Executive Team, that it is wonderful to see folks return to our prairie cathedral for in-person worship again. To those who attend via Zoom, we are certainly delighted to have you with us too as we work to improve the online experience with live-streaming of worship from the sanctuary (with upgraded equipment thanks to the generosity of…

Reopening March 20th

COVID metrics for Kane County have continued their downward trend and are now well below the levels the Reopening Team set for safe in-person Sunday Services. Given this sustained improvement, March 20 will be the date we return to in-person Sunday services!  We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot get vaccinated yet or at all. In that light, an important aspect of our…

Reopening Announcement

COVID cases in Kane County have been dropping dramatically since late January are approaching the levels the Reopening Team determined would be safe to meet in person for Sunday Services. Given the significant improvement, the Reopening Team has targeted March 20 as the date we will return to in-person services, assuming the data meets our metrics. We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot…

Reopening Announcement

COVID cases in Kane County have been dropping dramatically since late January are approaching the levels the Reopening Team determined would be safe to meet in person for Sunday Services. Given the significant improvement, the Reopening Team has targeted March 20 as the date we will return to in-person services, assuming the data meets our metrics. We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot…

Reopening for Sunday October 31st

With the metrics in good shape, we’re finally having our first in-person service this Sunday, October 31st! What to Expect In line with CDC guidelines, all adults and children over 2 years are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth. The Sanctuary will be set up for social distancing, air flow (windows open and fans moving the air, so please dress appropriately), and ask folks to continue practicing social distancing in the church. We will be…

Reopening Postponed

We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot get vaccinated yet or at all. Because of this, we are postponing our reopening until the cases for school-aged children meet our metric goals again. School-Age COVID Cases UUCE has three metrics for determining reopening. Two of our metric goals are being met, but in order to reopen, school-age cases need to have a two-week downward…

Reopening Update

This Isn’t What We Hoped For UUCE leadership gathered on August 20th to review our reopening plans. Discussion began with a review of the troubling virus trends locally as well as new UUA guidance on gathering that coincidentally became available that day. After much discussion and review of all the information available to us, the group sadly but unanimously voted to delay our reopening for in-person services due to multiple COVID concerns. These concerns include: The trend of local infection…

Did you know…?

Did you know that UUCE maintains a small inventory of durable medical equipment for the use of UUCE members and friends? Durable medical equipment is “any medical equipment used in the home to aid in a better quality of living.” Our “loaner” closet, located on the third floor, has the following items available: 1 wheelchair 1 bedside commode 1 elevated toilet seat 4 shower seats of various sizes 4 walkers 1 pair of lightweight, adjustable crutches 1 covered bucket/pail There is a…

Reopening Update

The Executive Team (ET) continues to plan for reopening our church and is pleased to share this update. We met with the Board of Trustees (BoT) on July 18 and reviewed our reopening checklist. The checklist details policy decisions that need to be made as well as tasks that should be completed prior to reopening.  Several key decisions were made, and the BoT is working on a policy statement specifying at a high level how we will move forward regarding masking, distancing, and other safety issues.  We expect to have a follow up meeting soon…

Reopening Update

The Executive Team (ET) continues to plan for a post-Labor Day return to in-person services. There is much to do before then! Returning to in-person Sunday services is a more challenging aspect of reopening than you might think. In alignment with our UU values of inclusion and Beloved Community, the ET is recommending that our Sunday services be fully accessible for everyone, from our families with young children, to visitors, elders, and the immunocompromised, which means we’ll want to structure our Sunday…