All SSUC in-person gatherings have been cancelled until further notice.Effective immediately. As well, all SSUC-sponsored groups and activities will also be cancelled, including Tuesday Connection, Choirs, Book Club, Yoga, ‘Make Tax Time Pay’, and Operation Friendship. Food Bank Depot and some AA groups will continue as usual.
As people who take seriously how we live our values and engage our living in the world, we have two primary responsibilities with regard to our response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. First, we must provide a safe space for all, especially our vulnerable members. We will not put ourselves at any unnecessary risk – our own health is a great responsibility. Second, we all play a part in being responsible members of the public, reducing transmission risk now rather than waiting until numbers spike. Slowing the spread of this disease is up to each of us.
We will continue to connect as a community through our Sunday online stream at 10:00am MDT each Sunday. Please participate by joining us online either here on our Facebook page or at SSUCedmonton.com/live. We are working hard to offer as many alternative ways to connect as possible. With staff support, groups can make use of the technology at our disposal for online meetings or gatherings. Read about our new opportunities to connect online here.
This week has already been difficult for many of us. Although we’re encouraged to have more and more social isolation, that doesn’t mean we need to feel alone. We are not – we are here for each other. If you need specific care and connection, please be in touch with our ministry team, who are available to you by phone, email, chat or in person. Your Ministry Team and Board will be re-evaluating regularly as circumstances evolve, and intend to make the best decisions on behalf of our SSUC community. In the meantime, let’s continue being the people and community we strive to be: open, thoughtful and compassionate. Let’s stay active, getting out of our homes to enjoy nature by way of a walk, and make efforts to do things that bring our lives meaning.
Chris, on behalf of the Ministry Team and Board of SSUC