Information to Inform your Decisions on When and How to Re-open your Congregation
California State Resilience Roadmap – https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
Contra Costa COVID-19 Updates – https://www.contracosta.ca.gov
Solano County COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening – https://admin.solanocounty.com:4433/depts/ph/coronavirus_links/roadmap_to_recovery.asp
The City of Concord recently updated it’s website to include COVID-19 tip sheets for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The downloadable materials are available in multiple languages. Please check out the following page on the City’s website:
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the IDD materials. Please note in particular that the downloadable Health Profile Template for People with IDD is applicable to any emergency and can be particularly useful to include in a ‘go-bag’ packed ready for an evacuation.
The most helpful articles for congregations:
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them –
CDC Document Outlines Guidance for Reopening of Churches – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/cdc-document-outlines-guidance-for-reopening-of-churches/
Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Church WI. This downloadable document is very well considered – interesting links on the last page as well.
COVID-19 & Sacraments – A Roman Catholic specific guide for ministry during this season – https://thomisticinstitute.org/covid-sacraments
Message From The Unitarian Universalist Association President: Updated Guidance For Gathering – https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/message-uua-president-updated-guidance-gathering?fbclid=IwAR1RNkBt7tyJFphcYdmHE5v_fZPHmBr3ECKZEqbCKKniw_Co2jPB_gVCGrI
The Presbytery of San Francisco created their Guidelines for Returning to Church based on the guidelines set forth in the Wisconsin Council of Churches (above). Includes PCUSA, CDC and other regional links –
Be careful in reopening your buildings as the water in your pipes may have gotten stale: East Bay MUD shared their “Recommendations for restaurants, businesses and other facilities restarting water use after shutdowns.” –
Dear Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County,
EBMUD asks your help in getting the word out about a very serious health and safety issue. Water is perishable just like any food or drink. With businesses and other establishments preparing to reopen, there is an essential task that must be performed to ensure safe water quality. If a building—office, restaurant, school, church, etc.—has been closed for any length time the water pipes must be flushed. Stagnant water in the pipes could cause major water quality issues and affect the plumbing. Attached is an instruction sheet on how to flush pipes, the procedure is simple but crucial. We ask that you please post this information on your websites and share it with your constituents.
Thank you for partnering with us on this important health and safety issue.
Kathryn A. Horn
Community Affairs Representative
East Bay Municipal Utility District
375 Eleventh Street, 8th Floor, Oakland, CA 94623-1055
Phone: (510) 287-2053 e-mail:Kathryn.Horn@ebmud.com website: www.ebmud.com
Singing in an age of COVID-19
NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: “No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing”
Singing, the Church, and COVID-19: A Caution for Moving Forward in Our Current Pandemic
Wisconsin Council of Churches: Church Music In The Age Of COVID-19
Resources from the San Francisco Interfaith Council:
San Francisco Workforce Development slides from the San Francisco Interfaith Council – helpful to see some of the things being asked of businesses as they seek to reopen – https://www.onesanfrancisco.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/5-14%20CCSF_ERTF_%20Meeting%20%231%20_Presentation_0.pdf
SFIC recording of their conversation on Racism against the Chinese American community as the rhetoric of blaming China for the virus increases –
More Links on ways congregations, faith groups and others are thinking about this and other intersectionalities:
Synagogues begin sketching out plans for post-quarantine reopening – https://www.jweekly.com/2020/05/15/synagogues-begin-sketching-out-plans-for-post-quarantine-reopening/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=4821feac59-coronavirus-5-19-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-4821feac59-216459201
At New York hospital, a friar watches over those dying: ‘The miracle is to let go’ – https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/bellevue-hospital-new-york-friar-robert-bathe/2020/05/13/a408921e-9076-11ea-9e23-6914ee410a5f_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most
CHURCHGOERS, STAY HOME—IT’S THE AMERICAN WAY – https://religiondispatches.org/churchgoers-stay-home-its-the-american-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=churchgoers-stay-home-its-the-american-way
How Jewish meditation is helping people silence the pandemic anxiety – https://www.jweekly.com/2020/05/12/how-jewish-meditation-is-helping-people-silence-the-pandemic-anxiety/?utm_source=J.+The+Jewish+News+of+Northern+California&utm_campaign=f1639ba101-coronavirus-5-13-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93a945700b-f1639ba101-216459201
HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC MAY PERMANENTLY CHANGE OUR ‘GOOD DEATH’ NARRATIVE – https://religiondispatches.org/how-the-covid-19-pandemic-may-permanently-change-our-good-death-narrative/
‘JESUS IS MY VACCINE’ HAS A MILLENNIUM-LONG HISTORY ROOTED IN ANTISEMITISM – https://religiondispatches.org/jesus-is-my-vaccine-has-a-millennium-long-history-rooted-in-antisemitism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jesus-is-my-vaccine-has-a-millennium-long-history-rooted-in-antisemitism
Needed: Religious Leaders who Play Along with Science – https://www.patheos.com/blogs/unsystematictheology/2020/05/needed-religious-leaders-who-play-along-with-science/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best+of+Patheos&utm_content=57
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the myth of self-reliance – https://www.christiancentury.org/article/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-exposing-myth-self-reliance
New Posters on Covid-19 Testing from the County.