Greetings UUCLB Family,
I hope this message finds you well as Long Beach continues to open up a bit more, the newest tier of young people (12-15) are able to be vaccinated, and many of our members and board members have been visiting family and friends and doing some long overdue traveling for work and pleasure.
This month, the staff, board and committees have been devoting a lot of time to ending our first year of ministry well, tying up loose ends, planning closing celebrations, and making plans for our re-gathering in the fall. It is a busy and full time but a hopeful one when we are able to see activities, worship and programs resuming normally at some point in the near future. This whole year has been an exercise in faith and building trust in one another as we have had to be flexible, take risks, try new things, and attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation during what has most likely been the most serious public health crisis any of us has experienced.
We had a successful first outdoor ritual on May 9th for an outdoor Flower Communion Service. It was absolutely wonderful to see so many faces here on campus and to delight in simply being together. We are planning for a fall roll out of in person worship gatherings. After a lower-key July of video services, if all goes according to plan with public health guidelines the congregation will resume in-person services August 15th outdoors and Wylder Hall Services in mid-late September. We have received our Spirit Level Grant to begin implementing our live-streaming equipment to be able to continue services online while planning for in person services again. The UUA has issued re-gathering guidance as Covid-19 subsides and proposes a values based approach to re-opening which centers on inclusion and our most vulnerable members. We are very eager to make the best decisions for the wellbeing of our members and we welcome your thoughts about re-gathering!
This whole year has been an exercise in faith and building trust in one another as we have had to be flexible, take risks, try new things, and attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation during what has most likely been the most serious public health crisis any of us has experienced.
I’m looking forward to celebrating all of the end-of-year traditions together. Join us on campus June 20th for a Pride Party from 12-2 pm. Thanks for all the hard work and joyful commitment that has gone into sustaining our ministries this year!
With much love,