Unity of Buffalo Response Covid19

COVID-19 Coronavirus Helpful Information & Resources

We're posting resources for you here to help keep you informed.

Reopening
Our Unity of Buffalo Board has decided to extend our policy of no in-person services and activities in our church building through the end of June and possibly July.  We will continue to listen to our local and state officials for guidance, and of course, keep you posted.  Some of our Board members are also participating in webinars and doing research to learn about what preparation will be needed in order for us to safely return to in-person activities at our church.  Our number one concern is keeping people safe during this time. If there are members of the church that may need extra support, please let us know.
Communications from UWM

Helpful Guidelines from California. COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (May 25, 2020)

Reopening: 4 Phases by Ken Braddy

From the CDC: Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith (posted May 22, 2020)

Explanation of How Coronavirus Spreads (posted May 11, 2020)

4-28-2020, Reopening: Questions to ConsiderAs restrictions on in-person events start lifting, are you ready to start meeting again? Here are some things to  consider before you reopen your meeting space.

Update from the UWM Board: 3-28-2020. The 2020 Unity People's Convention is canceled. The UWM Board has set up The Loaves & Fishes Fund to assist ministries affected by the COVID-19 virus, and they will match donations from the regions.

Important Communication: 3-17-2020. Suggest suspending in-person services and events. Central office working remotely.

UWM Board of Trustees Prayer by Rev. Paulette Pipe  Audio Version

Unity of Buffalo Covid-19 online ministry

We are offering a number of ways for our Unity of Buffalo Spiritual Community to keep virtually connected!

Our ministerial staff will continue working remotely, but they remain available during our usual business hours,
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
You can contact us via 
email or phone (716-882-0391) for all questions, prayers and support.
We will be checking phone messages each day during business hours.

Questions about Unity of Buffalo Online Sunday Services? Contact Kelly Murphy. She has stepped up and been busy supporting our ministry with online Sunday services, weekly email updates and live video messages. We are so grateful for her willingness to share her expertise and for her support.



Unity of Buffalo Videos of services and messages from Rev. Mary, Senior Minister

Visit the above link for the all of our video archives.

Virtual Friendship Hour following 10 a.m. Sunday services in our Zoom Room. Interactive Zoom meetings start at 11 a.m. Contact Kelly if you have questions.

The Unity of Buffalo Prayer Chaplain Outreach program offers prayer support! Please call 716-882-0391 for your prayer needs and requests.

Find our Sunday Services Online 
https://www.youtube.com/c/unityofbuffalo

Music

Calming Playlist for Anxious Times 
During this extraordinary time, we know that music is one way we can ease our stress, heal our bodies, and connect us in heart and consciousness. emPower is offering this “healing playlist” free of charge. Click the link above, then click the play button and enjoy listening to 50 songs with a common message of assurance, healing, and unity. Please share this playlist with your congregation and social media.

Calming Playlist for Anxious Times II

Articles

Here are some articles that may help you in your considerations and decision-making during this pandemic. The Faith & Leadership website has a number of articles. Consider reading the articles by George Mason/Mark Wingfield, and Kara K. Root, and, under Medicine and Religion, the article by Deanna Thompson.

7 Lessons from Singapore's Churches for When the Coronavirus Reaches Yours (Christianity Today)

Zoom

For Zoom tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us?flash_digest=73680c7f2713a8984245e481b8419dc3942d1a57

CDC

Here are some additional links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html#readiness-resources

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

We lovingly support our Unity of Buffalo Spiritual Community with: 

  • Online Sunday Services weekly at 10 a.m. 

  • Digital outreach and interaction

  • Weekly video and email messages from Rev. Mary

  • Online classes and groups

Unity of Buffalo is YOUR Online Church & Ministry!
We are here to support you, and we will ALL get through this TOGETHER! Unity is key!
We truly are A Church without Walls!