COVID-19: UUWaco Response
UUWaco Facebook Page
NOTE: This page includes information about UUWaco, as well as community resources and ways to help others. We update this webpage regularly (3.31.20, 1.07pm).
UUWaco Rationale to Close Temporarily
The UUWaco Board of Directors voted to close UUWaco and cancel all events in order to help protect its members, friends, and visitors from the Coronavirus. Our decision was guided by information from UUA, as well as credible local, state, and national sources. We would rather be overly cautious instead of possibly contributing to the harm of anyone. While closing the church may seem “alarmist,” the Board of Directors believes UUWaco must do its part to minimize the number of interactions that cause the opportunity for illness to spread.
Pastor Kris Cervantes and our leadership team are available via phone, text, and email. Please check the website, Facebook public page, and/or Facebook private group for ongoing information. You may also contact Pastor Kris Cervantes via email or phone (texts/calls to 254.307.2001 business hours only, please, unless it’s an emergency).
NOTE: Pets are safe from the Coronavirus at this time.
Sunday Reflection, March 29, 2020!
Sunday Reflection, March 22, 2020!
Sunday Reflection, March 15, 2020!
Worship: Our building will be closed beginning Sunday, March 15. Sunday Service is held live via Zoom, and the recording is posted on the church website, Facebook, and social media. We will continue to develop virtual interaction opportunities, as well as reaching out to those who do not use such technology.
Religious Education: All RE is cancelled. The RE team is developing resources and virtual methods for continuing adult RE.
Meetings/Interest/Covenant Groups: All meetings and gatherings are cancelled: Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck, Women’s Group, Meditation, Reading Circle, outside groups, etc. These groups may choose to conduct meetings via various social media and conferencing technology. Let’s use technology and help others use it!
Renters: Blackland Outdoor Academy has also suspended its activity in the building.
Ways to Help
Caritas: Call 254-753-4593 x203 or email email@example.com
Meals on Wheels: Call 254-752-0316; Volunteers Needed; Volunteer hours M-F 8-11:30 AM and 1-3 PM; Volunteer training is on Wednesday afternoon.
Mission Waco: Need of masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, thermal temperature scanners, gloves, & sanitation crews willing to clean My Brother’s Keeper and Meyer Center. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Act Locally Waco: Connecting People & Resources
Waco Immigrants Alliance: Donations needed wacoia.org/donate
Humane Society of Central Texas: Ways to help here. Also, please consider foster/adoption.
Local News/Basic Information
Get the Basic Facts: Stay Safe
KWTX: Local COVID-19 News
Waco Stay Home Ordinance
Closings & Delays: Local Schools/Organizations
HEB: Waco HEB New Hours
Keeping Busy While at Home
Social Distancing & Mindfulness: Ways to Handle Isolation
Managing Stress & Anxiety: Getting Through Difficult Times
How to Protect Your Mental Health During ‘Social Distancing’ : Talkspace
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health: BBC News
Amazing Educational Resources: Fun Resources for All Ages
City of Waco: Public Health District: Local General Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Prevention & General Information
CDC: Resources for Home & Beyond: Protect Yourself in Various Environments
World Health Organization: General Information
Our Role in Preventing Further Spread of COVID-19
We know that pandemics rely on close social contact, and we can “flatten the curve” when we reduce our social interactions.
Our preemptive strike is important because COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that adversely affects people living with compromised immune systems, older people (over 60), and people living with chronic health conditions, especially lung conditions. There may also be underlying conditions that have yet to be identified. We also know that younger people may not show symptoms but are carriers of the virus, so social interactions can compromise otherwise healthy people. We should all consider practicing “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the virus.