Campus Update from CCU Board of Trustees

Dear CCU Friends and Family,

As COVID-19 variants continue to develop, we invite you all to join us in prayer and practice, knowing that God is in everything, and all is unfolding exactly as it should, and we have the responsibility to act in love and compassion for ourselves and each other.

Our CCU leaders have been diligently watching the latest developments, impacts and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant. It is unfortunate that as a larger community, we are having to experience the tension and worry that comes watching COVID cases climb within the country and in particular, our state.

Two weeks ago, Rev. Maggie provided an update to our community regarding the on-campus mask mandate with the hopes that we could simply keep our masks and not have to roll back to a higher level of precaution to keep our community safe.

At this point in time, that is simply not possible.

Due to the nature of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the ease in which it is transmitted, we feel that it is appropriate to do our part in keeping each other safe. This means protecting the community that we love and rely on for our spiritual nourishment and connection.

Effective immediately we are taking the following steps to do exactly that:

  1. Masks are required while on campus.

    • Please plan to be in a mask when anywhere on the premises at CCU. In the sanctuary, Hightower Hall and when outside.

  2. No physical contact.

    • Please practice safe social distancing, according to your personal comfort and refrain from hugging. It is in close physical proximity to one another that we place ourselves at greatest risk.

    • Our “sticker options” for contact (red, yellow, green) will be on hold for the time being.

  3. Pew spacing.

    • Currently we have one 6-foot social distancing section.

    • We are prepared to add another section based on your expression of personal comfort. Should our current 6-foot section reach capacity we will open the left wing of pews in the sanctuary to accommodate those needing extra space to feel comfortable when attending service in person.

  4. Hospitality is on hold. No eating or drinking.

    • Since masks are required in all campus areas, including outdoors, eating and drinking is prohibited.

    • To take a sip of coffee or eat, one must lower their mask. We are requiring masking on campus and do not want to put one another at risk of innocently passing the virus to those with whom we are in community.

    • Please note: There are critical members of our volunteer base and staff who work many hours on Sundays, including the physical activity of setting up/putting away furniture or participating in rehearsals/performance/public speaking. These volunteers and staff will be allowed to drink through straws only, inserted at the bottom of the mask without uncovering the nose or mouth. Thank you for supporting their work!

  5. Sunday Music Team

    • Starting immediately, we are reducing the number of people on stage. Our music team will consist of the Music Director Shannon Kropf and the CCU Band, plus 1-2 additional singers.

We believe these are the right next steps to take based on the latest data provided by the CDC, the WHO and our local and federal government officials.

Of course, it goes without saying that we want to see you in person AND if you are not feeling well—on any level—please stay home, stay safe and help us do our part to protect one another. We will continue to provide our services and classes online as to be inclusive and accommodating to all who wish to participate in our community connections.

As we move through the days and weeks ahead, please look for continued updates on our website, CCU App, and social media. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly at [email protected].

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We will move through this trying time, and we will do it with ease and grace as we prioritize not only our individual health, but consider the health and well-being of this community and the people we love.

Namasté,

CCU Board of Trustees

Sunni VonMutius, President
Kay Taylor, Vice President
Loana Perez, Secretary
Michael Angelos, Treasurer
Phil Palumbo, Member at Large
Ingrid Mellone, Member at Large
Nora Miles, Alternate

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