May 31, 2020
With great pleasure I write letting you know that Unity Church in Redding will be opening for services on June 14! Excitement runs high as we plan how our first day back together will look. As you can imagine, it won’t be the same kind of service as we had prior to the shutting in. The state, county, and Unity Worldwide Ministries have all provided guidelines. We have included with this eBlast what the guidelines for our sacred community will be. We have taken those from the offered documents that best apply to our congregation. Your safety is our
highest priority, so during this first phase of opening we are being quite conservative. After 21 days of having places of worship reopen, the state and county will reevaluate what has transpired in keeping the virus under control and make decisions about whether to loosen restrictions, tighten them, or leave them as is. We trust in your patience as we travel through this new territory together. Know that we will always keep you apprised about what is happening at UCIR. Included with this note are the guidelines adopted by your Board.
Psalm 100:1-2 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” One of the joys of our services, congregational singing, will be suspended for a few weeks. Our goal is to provide uplifting instrumental music and solos. Our hearts will be filled with gladness as we celebrate in new and inspiring ways. We are being given the opportunity for creativity. I’m sure we will learn a lot during our first service and revise and revamp for our second. Let us know your comfort level and how we can best serve you. We love and appreciate you. We want you to feel comfortable and joyful.
This time of transition toward what will be a new way of living in community can be challenging and exciting. Many of you are familiar with the yin yang symbol. This circle, separated by an s-shape with one part of the symbol white with a point of black and the other black with a point of white, tells us that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary. One cannot exist without the other. One always flows into the other. It represents a beautiful symbol of balance and harmony. When we rest in the moment and pay attention to what is right now, we see that balance is like a teeter totter. It shifts from yin to yang, from harmony to chaos and back. It is only when we are patient and pay attention to the cycles of both our external and internal life that we see balance at work. Life is movement, ever changing, and follows universal laws. When we live awake and aware of the larger picture, we begin to understand how balance manifests in our life.
As we move ahead into reopening UCIR, watch for the balance. Some things you may like, others not. If you are patient and pay attention to the bigger picture, you will not be thrown off center but live with harmony.
We love and appreciate you and look forward to moving together into this new era. Following below, you will see the guidelines assisting us in this process (after the many ways you can stay connected with us).
UCIR Lunch and Share Zoom Meeting—Each Tuesday, at 12:30pm:
Please click on the link below and follow the prompts. If you don't have a camera on your computer, it's okay, you can still join with just audio.
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now
To call in only, please dial 1-408-638-0968; the ID# is 5924187358. If needed the password is 6Bwubr
UCIR Meditation service—Monday-Friday at noon:
Call 717-275-8940; the access code—1870764; follow the one prompt
Sunday Services (including all past recorded services are available on this link)—Newest videos will be available each Friday:
UCIR Sunday Services
Daily Word 2-3 minute meditations with lovely pictures:
When you enter the site, click on “Mindful Moments.” These are beautiful!
UCIR Website Link:
UCIR Facebook Page:
Following Gov. Newsom and Shasta County Public Health Department’s decision that places of worship can now reopen in phases, your Board, Rev. Ken, and I have decided to begin reopening UCIR on Sunday June 14, 2020 at 10:30 am. The guidelines on the reverse side of this note are in compliance with both the State and the County.
When you return, services will not look like they did two months ago. The chairs will be set for social distancing. You will be met at the door by someone who will give you a squirt of hand sanitizer and request that you don your face covering. Once you enter the sanctuary, someone will hand you your name badge. For this first phase of opening there will be no congregational singing or community readings. You may socialize with your friends outdoors following service. For now, there will be no inside social hour. While these mandates sadden us because of the intimacy they preclude, your comfort and safety are our highest priorities. Please read the following guidelines carefully. If you have questions or concerns, please leave a message at the church and we’ll return your call as soon as possible or call me personally at (530) 605-6306.
The church office will reopen on Tuesday, June 2, and meditation will be held in the church at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning June 2. Face coverings will be required. Call in mediation at noon during the weekdays will continue. The mid-week mini-service will continue to be recorded and posted on Fridays.
We know that as much as we all want to be together again, some of you may choose to continue meeting with us online instead of in person during this opening phase. We honor the ways each of you choose to take care of yourself.
We deeply appreciate the positive response we’ve received about how we have maintained connection with the congregation during the sheltering-in. We are one in spirit and know that we are only a thought away from each other. Nonetheless, it will be wonderful being together again in person.
Revs. Carolyn, Ken, and the Board