Health and Safety

March 4, 2020

PrairieUU cares about your health and safety. Earlier this week, I met with members of the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Shared Ministry to address the concerns some of you have brought to us regarding COVID-19. We want to reassure you that we are taking these concerns seriously and acting proactively to ensure that the members of our community are safe. We want to let you know what we have in the works.

Beginning this Sunday, you will notice in addition to the kleenex that has been available the last few weeks, there will also be hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. Please feel free to use them. (If you would like to contribute to our stockpile we would appreciate it.)

We are also asking that everyone be aware of their own health and health concerns, while we want all of you to be present with us in person, we ask that if you are not feeling well that you use good judgment and stay home. Recognizing that there is no replacing being together in community in person, we are doing our best to include you in the life of PrairieUU virtually. We will be sharing our Sunday morning services on Facebook and access to most of our meetings are now available via google hangouts.

Additionally, when, as a community, we come together we do so with open arms. We often greet each other with hugs, kisses, and handshakes. We want to remind you that during this time of uncertainty that some members of our community may not feel as comfortable engaging in these forms of physical contact as they have in the past. We would like to ask you all to recognize and respect new boundaries that people may be setting for themselves. We will be looking at new ways to greet each other at the beginning of the service and an alternative to holding hands at the end of the service for the closing words. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

We ask that you please keep yourself safe and follow the usual protocols for preventing exposure and transmission of a virus:

  • Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth, ideally with an elbow, when you cough or sneeze.
  • Get a flu shot, not necessarily because it will prevent the spread of coronavirus, but so that you stay healthy and out of the doctor’s office.
  • Stay home from work and other communal spaces if you are not feeling well.


We would like to have the best information possible. For more general resources:


Please know that we are here to help and support you.  If you are feeling anxiety over this (or anything else), I am always available for spiritual care and conversation. Also as many of you know, Marjorie B and Fran L are both retired nurses, while they are unable to diagnose or prescribe medical action, they are both making themselves available for general medical questions/concerns. Please, if you need any assistance from me or the Caring Circle do not hesitate to contact us.

In Service,

AJ Blackwood, Minister

AJ Blackwood, MDiv.


Prairie UU Church




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